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 2017-2018 school year is now open.  Click here to apply.  Deadline to apply is June 15, 2017.  If you have any questions, please contact the Foundation at or 303-368-6278.

CNOR Certification Grants

CNOR Certification grants are supported by the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). The application is now open for both individuals and organizations to apply for funding. The individual grants are intended for nurses sitting for the CNOR exam for the first time.  They will receive a $500 grant will help cover expenses for test prep materials and the exam fee.  The organizational grants are intended for facilities to provide group programming for CNOR test preparation.

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

Research Grants

AORN Foundation has partnered with CCI to provide funding for graduate students in a research-focused doctoral degree (PhD, DNS, EdD) programs.

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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 closed.  These grants are intended to assist with travel and registration costs to attend the conference in Boston, MA from April 1-5, 2017.  The deadline for application was December 4, 2016.  

Emails have been sent to all grant recipients for 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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