Scholarships, Grants and Awards

Whether you are going back to school or looking to attend a conference for continuing education, we are here to support your professional goals and help you maintain competency to ensure safe patient care.

Academic Scholarships

The AORN Foundation awards scholarships to students who are pursuing a career in perioperative nursing and to registered nurses who are continuing their education in perioperative nursing by pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree.

The application for the 2016-2017 school year is now closed. Emails have been sent to all submitted applicants notifying them of their status.  If you have any questions, please contact the Foundation at or 303-368-6278.

Certification Grants

Certification grants are supported by a grant from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). The application is closed and will reopen in 2017. 

Continuing Education Grants

The AORN Foundation does not currently offer funding for the Periop 101 course. If your facility would like to apply for funding for this program, please search for funding options at one of the below links:

For more information, please contact the Foundation at

Professional Development Grants

The Foundation offers professional development grants to help nurses maintain competency and to ensure safe and high-quality care.

The application for the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2017 is now open!  These grants are intended to assist with travel and registration costs to attend the conference in Boston, MA from April 1-5, 2017.  Deadline for application is December 4, 2016. Apply here.

Emails will be sent to submitted applicants notifying them of their status by January 6, 2017.

Outstanding Nurse Philanthropist Award

Know a nurse who loves to give to others?

Nominate an exceptional perioperative nurse who donates time, talent, and direct financial support to the AORN Foundation, as well as other well-deserving organizations.

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