Nursing Incentive Scholarship Fund


The Nursing Incentive Scholarship Fund (NISF) provides scholarships to Kentucky residents who will be attending approved prelicensure nursing programs (registered nurse or practical nurse) or graduate nursing programs. NISF recipients are selected individually by the Board, using specified criteria.  The amount of each scholarship is $3,000 per year.  NISF scholarships may be used for cost of living expenses, as well as school expenses.


An applicant for an NISF award must be a Kentucky resident, and have been admitted to a nursing program (whether located in Kentucky or not) completing core nursing courses.   Students completing prerequisite classes are not eligible to apply.  Preference for awards is given to applicants with financial need, LPNs pursuing RN education, and RNs pursuing graduate nursing education.  You may submit an application even if you do not qualify for financial aid. Scholarship recipients may be eligible to receive continued awards if successful academic progression is maintained throughout the nursing program and you have submitted an application for continuation.

To meet the financial need preference category, remember to apply early for financial aid through the school you are attending.  It takes several weeks to process and receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) that is required for financial need consideration.  Submit the SAR (all pages 1-8 or less; 1-3 or less if filed on web; the SAR must include both EFC# and a statement of Pell eligibility) along with the application form.  You may submit an application even if you do not qualify for financial aid.  Application forms received by the June 1 deadline will be given the same consideration as those received early.


Students in prelicensure (LPN & RN) and BSN completion nursing programs must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of published requirements for the nursing program per academic year for each $3,000 NISF scholarship awarded.  Graduate nursing programs require completion of 9 credit hours per academic year.  The required number of credit hours per year can be divided between the fall, spring and summer sessions.  Most online courses, including Excelsior, are accepted.

Students must maintain a minimum grade point average that will allow continuation in a nursing program.

The scholarship requires that a recipient must work full-time as a nurse in Kentucky for one year for each academic year funded.  The work obligation begins after graduation from the program which you are funded.

If a recipient does not complete the nursing program within the time frame specified by the program, or if a recipient does not complete the required employment, then the recipient will be required to repay any NISF monies awarded, plus accrued interest.

See Also...

Frequently asked questions about the NISF Program.

NISF Contact
Use this link to request that an application be mailed to you or for information about the NISF Program.

NISF Application Form

NISF Application Form  [PDF Format - 31k]
(Includes Instructions)

Applications for the 2016-2017 school year are no longer being accepted or mailed.   Deadline was June 1, 2016.  All applicants will be notified by mail of the results by the end of September 2016. If an address update is needed, use the NISF Contact below. No additional funding is available for the Spring/Summer 2016 semesters.

Applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be accepted postmarked January 1, 2017 thru June 1, 2017.  Applications may be printed by clicking on the link above or beginning November 2016 click on the NISF Contact to request an application be mailed. Please review FAQ:NISF​ for answers to frequently asked questions.​​​​​