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Foundation Scholarships

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.

Academic Scholarships

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

The application for the 2020-2021 school year is now open through June 14, 2020. If you have questions, consult our Scholarship FAQs or contact us at or (800)755-2676.


CNOR® and CSSM® Certification Grant

CNOR and CSSM Certification grants are supported by the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). Grants awarded can be used for assistance in CNOR or CSSM certification.

Grant closes April 15, 2020.


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 grant to support attendance to the 2020 ORX conference will be open until June 30.


Research Grants

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


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Support the Foundation


Text NURSE to (720) 770-4624 to make a secure donation.