Foundation Scholarships and Grants

Support the AORN Foundation

Supporting Your Professional Goals

The AORN Foundation supports your professional goals and helps you maintain evidence-based knowledge and competencies. We have awarded scholarships to more than 3,000 nurses working to earn a degree, achieve advanced certification, and complete continuing nurse education.

We offer the following scholarships and grants:

  • Academic Scholarships
  • Certification Grants 
  • Professional Development Grants   
  • Research Grants

Available Scholarships and Grants

Academic Scholarships

The application for the 2023 – 2024 school year is now open through May 31, 2023. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions before completing an application. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact the Foundation at [email protected] or (800)755-2676.

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CNOR®, CSSM®, and CNAMB® Certification Grants

CNOR, CSSM and CNAMB certification grants are supported by the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). Grants awarded can be used for assistance in CNOR, CSSM and CNAMB certification testing. Grants are available for new certification only.

The application is now open through February 19, 2023. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions link before completing an application. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact the Foundation at [email protected] or (800) 755-2676.

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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 grant application for funding to attend the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo is closed. It will reopen for AORN Expo 2024 in conjunction with registration for the event. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact the Foundation at [email protected] or (800) 755-2676.


Research Grants

AORN is dedicated to incorporating research and evidence-based practice as a foundation for perioperative nursing to provide quality patient care.

Learn More about Research Grants