Foundation Scholarships and Grants

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

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 2022-2023 school year is now open through June 15, 2022. 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.


CNOR®, CSSM®, and CNAMB® Certification Grant

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 closed. If you have questions, contact us at [email protected] or (800) 755-2676.

Professional Development Grants

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

The application is now closed. If you have questions, contact us 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.


AORN Foundation - Scholarships, Grants, and Awards

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