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 closed. If you have any questions, please contact the Foundation at or (800)755-2676.

CNOR Certification Grants

CNOR Certification grants are supported by the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). Three grants will be awarded to organizations (hospital or other healthcare facility) seeking to assist prospective CNOR candidates preparing for the CNOR exam. Closed. 

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 applications for the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2018 are now closed.

Please note: Members of the AORN Board of Directors, AORN Foundation Board of Trustees, AORN Nominating and AORN Scholarship Committee are not eligible to apply.

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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