Scholarship Options

MGH Institute Scholarships

Admissions and Financial Aid staff consult the faculty in each program to identify scholarship recipients.


For the 2016-2017 academic year, the MGH Institute of Health Professions provided $5.56 million in scholarships and grants. These awards cover all or part of the tuition for approximately 20% of the incoming students in the six entry-level programs:

School of Nursing:

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences:

Endowed Scholarships

In addition, the Institute has received endowed gifts from donors to support ongoing student scholarships. Newly admitted students receive notice of these awards in their admissions letters.

  • The Knowles Fellows Scholarship provides full tuition for one to two students annually in the entry-level programs.  Because the Institute recognizes a strong connection between a culturally diverse healthcare workforce and the ability to provide quality patient care, students from backgrounds currently underrepresented in the health professions will receive preference.
  • The Charles and Ann Sanders Interprofessional Scholarship provides partial tuition to two students annually to promote participation in regional, national, and international interprofessional learning experiences.. The students will demonstrate an interest in pursuing interprofessional education and will participate in learning experiences outside the Institute. In 1977, Dr. Charles Sanders used his influence and prestige as general director of Massachusetts General Hospital to help create the MGH Institute. Along with his wife, Ann, and their daughter, Trustee Elizabeth “Trish” Joyce, the connection between the Institute and the Sanders family remains strong to this day.

Funding Not Available

NOTE: Because students enrolling have already achieved a baccalaureate degree, our students are not eligible for certain grant programs, including

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Massachusetts (and most other state) grant and scholarship programs

Institute Scholarship Requirements

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for renewal. Recipients will become ineligible for funding for as long as their GPA is below a 3.0 but can regain the scholarship for future semesters once their GPA is a 3.0 or higher.

Scholarships are awarded as funding for program tuition only. They are not granted toward fees or living expenses.

Scholarship recipients must make satisfactory academic progress toward his/her degree as is appropriate in his/her specific program of study. Scholarship recipients will be reviewed on a semester basis.


John Hilton Knowles Fellowship


The John Hilton Knowles Fellowship has been established to promote the Institute’s goal of increasing the diversity of students in our clinical programs in order to better serve an increasingly multicultural, multilingual population.

The Knowles Fellowship is a merit-based academic award that gives preference to students from backgrounds currently underrepresented in the health professions relative to their numbers in the general public.

Fellows Scholarship

The Knowles Fellowship is a full-tuition scholarship that is determined by the Admissions Committee. No application is required – recipients are notified of this award in their Admissions Letters.

This fellowship is renewable each academic year of enrollment. The recipient must maintain satisfactory academic progress and fulfill other expectations of the fellowship including participation in occasional lectures, and discussions on topics of interest regarding diversity, leadership development, professional success, and health related topics.


Outside Scholarships

We strongly encourage students to apply for outside scholarships. Each year, many of our students receive some funding from organizations outside MGH IHP. Places to look include:

  • civic and religious organizations
  • professional organizations in your program of study
  • Your state and town
  • Your undergraduate institution

In addition, we recommend using only free scholarship websites only such as or  SallieMae.Com/GradScholarships.  Please beware that you should NEVER pay for a scholarship search. If you have questions about the legitimacy of a scholarship organization, please contact the financial aid office for assistance.

We are excited to make you aware of a private scholarship opportunity, the Joanne Wood Scholarship Fund, open to our students here at MGH Institute of Health Professions.  We encourage you to visit this website for more details on how to apply: 


Scholarship Opportunities for Health Professions


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As a student accepted or enrolled in a diploma, associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree nursing program, you can receive funding for tuition, fees, and other educational costs. In exchange you must work at a facility with a critical shortage of nurses—a Critical Shortage Facility (CSF)—upon graduation. This is a government-sponsored program of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) awards scholarships and loan repayment to primary care providers in eligible disciplines, including Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. This is a government-sponsored program of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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