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For Nurses

Through our scholarship program, qualifying international nurses receive academic scholarships to accredited universities in the United States. During the academic program, scholars learn about US clinical nursingpractices through practical training and restricted on-campus employment with university-affiliated hospitals.

GSA Offers Scholarships for International Nurses

Through our scholarship program, qualifying international nurses receive academic scholarships to accredited universities in the United States. During the academic program, scholars learn about US clinical nursing practices through practical training and restricted on-campus employment with university-affiliated hospitals. GSA offers the opportunity to live in America, pursue an advanced degree of your choice, and get practical experience at a great U.S. hospital. You can build your own career ladder and make a difference in the lives of future nurses.

The next step is yours . . .

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

Scholarship Highlights

Through the GSA scholarship program, GSA nurse-scholars receive an attractive package of benefits including:

Fully Funded Scholarships

Selected nurses receive fully funded scholarships including tuition, books, fees, and a new laptop computer.

Academic Programs

We offer scholarships for a variety of academic programs including:

  • BSN completion
  • RN to MSN
  • BSN to MSN
  • Post-Masters Certificate Programs

Great Cities – GSA’s hospital and university partners are located in a variety of attractive destinations around the country

Hospital Experience – GSA scholars receive paid practical training and experience at university-affiliated hospitals, which include some of the nation’s leading healthcare institutions including Magnet, U.S. News and World Report Top 100, and “best places to work” for nurses.

Relocation and Resettlement Assistance – GSA helps fund the cost of relocation and resettlement upon arrival in your new city of residence

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. – Mother Teresa

How it Works

Combined Education and Practical Training

The program requires a multi-year commitment to both academic study and practical training at a U.S. hsopital. You will be required to attend school full-time in an advanced nursing degree program and apply your newly acquired knowledge part-time through restricted practical training or on-campus employment at a university-affiliated hospital.

The sample timeline below represents a realistic time frame for the program, although the length of each stage may vary and the “Pre-Arrival” stage may be significantly shorter for applicants who have already passed NCLEX® and IELTS®.

 Relocation and Resettlement

Upon arriving in the United States, GSA representatives will help you settle into your new community, establish a new household, and enroll in your initial classes at the university.


You will be required to be accepted and admitted to a GSA partner university and enroll full-time in a GSA approved education program.  In order to continue in the program and receive scholarship funding, you must attend classes as required, follow the rules of the college or university, maintain an acceptable grade point average, and remain in visa status throughout the education program. Participants must demonstrate academic progress and graduate within acceptable time frame.

Practical Training

Part of your initial training will typically include a practicum or clinical orientation at the partner hospital, similar to that which US educated nurses are required to complete as part of their undergraduate education. You will be trained to use the tools and technology in use by first-world healthcare institutions, receive instruction and mentorship regarding scope of nursing practice differences from your home country, learn hospital and nursing unit-specific protocols, receive thorough explanations of U.S. pharmacology products and standards, and work with some of America’s best nurses, physicians and allied healthcare professionals. Most importantly, you will begin practicing the concepts you will learn through your graduate education in your assigned unit under the close supervision of a preceptor.

Rigorous Program

Many GSA Scholars have told us that they are challenged by GSA programs. Participants must adjust to living in a new country and often away from family members. They must adjust to U.S. cultural norms, customs, and communication styles.  GSA Scholars must meet the challenge of graduate level education, using the Internet, computers, classroom participation, and project assignments. And, they must adapt to a clinical environment that is likely different from the clinical practice environment in their home country.

What Will You Gain?

As a nurse-scholar in GSA’s program, you will be exposed to the latest advances in U.S. medical technology, practice, and procedure. You will learn from veteran nurses who have provided bedside care to patients for many years. You will work hand in hand with some of the best physicians and medical specialists in the world. Most of all, you will advance your skills, fortify your experience, and become extremely marketable at the completion of the program.

 You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

Scholar Requirements

The GSA scholarship program for nurses is a work/study programs that combines either a Masters of Science in Nursing, Post-Masters Certificate, or Bachelors of Science in Nursing completion program scholarship to an American university with practical training and restricted on-campus employment at an approved university-affiliated US hospital.

Minimum requirements for the program include:

  • a. Successful completion of a three year (minimum) registered nursing degree program.
  • b. Active and unencumbered registered nurse license in country of residence.
  • c. Both theory and clinical rotations during your nursing training in surgical, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, and medical nursing.
  • d. Minimum of one year of recent post-graduation and licensure acute care hospital based nursing experience in specialties such as critical/intensive care, coronary care, emergency, medical, surgical, operating room / theater or telemetry.
  • e. Desire to pursue an advanced nursing degree and work in a fast-paced, high-volume acute care setting.
  • f. Ambition to advance in your career as a professional nurse.

Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate,no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament.It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man? A splendid slave, a reasoning savage. – Joseph Addison


Scholar Obligations

GSA Program participants must complete and return a Scholarship Agreement in which they agree to:

  • Meet GSA standards for selection
  • Be admitted to a GSA approved University Partner
  • Secure a US nursing license and US visa
  • Complete their education obligations; Enroll, attend classes, maintain an adequate GPA, remain in good standing with the university, and graduate within a prescribed timeframe
  • Maintain compliance with visa work restrictions and complete practical training and on-campus employment obligations
  • Remain in visa status throughout the program period
  • Repay the scholarship amount plus interest if they fail to fulfill their program obligations pursuant to the terms of their Scholarship Agreement
  • Repay the Scholarship Amounts plus interest if they fail to complete their graduate program within the prescribed timeframe.
  • Begin fulfilling home service obligation according to visa requirements within thirty days of completing their graduate program and any subsequent practical training.

Scholarship Administration

The GSA Scholarships cover the actual cost of tuition, books, and fees to the partner university. Payments are generally made directly to schools on behalf of students upon certification of their eligibility by their colleges or universities.

To ensure continued payment recipients must:

  • Maintain good academic standing. GSA Scholarship Recipients must continue to pursue their program of study and maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Respond to GSA’s annual status reports requests. Recipients should contact GSA if they do not receive a status report request each year.
  • Stay in touch – inform GSA if any contact information changes.

Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate,no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament.It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man? A splendid slave, a reasoning savage. – Joseph Addison


Education Options (Available Degree Options)

GSA provides a wide range of education programs as part of our scholarship opportunities. The list below illustrates some of the programs that are available through our various education partners around the country. Some educational programs are available only through specific universities and may not be available through all GSA education partner locations.

  • MSN Bridge program for RNs with non-nursing bachelor’s degrees
  • Accelerated RN to MSN program (Graduates are awarded both a BSN and MSN at end of program)
  • MSN – Health Care Systems Management (HCSM)
  • MSN – Leadership in Health Care Systems
  • MSN – Health Services Administration
  • MSN – Nurse Educator
  • MSN – Nurse Leader
  • MSN – Clinical Nurse SpecialistJoint MSN–Master’s of Business Administration Program
  • Masters of Public Health (Community Health)
  • Post-Masters Certificate Program

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Program Options

Global Scholarship Alliance develops work/study programs in partnership with US universities and healthcare institutions. Depending upon the education program designs and the preferences of our alliance partners, GSA offers several program options. All GSA programs include some form of service component in exchange for participation in the scholarship program. Most GSA programs rely upon some form of non-immigrant visa including the following:

Cultural Exchange Programs

GSA’s flagship Scholarship program is designed to replenish the supply of nurse educators in developing countries.  Participating scholars agree to return to her/his country of origin or residence upon completion of the GSA program, typically for a two year period, to work as a nurse leader or educator and to help develop the next generation of nurses.

International Work/Study Programs

GSA’s featured Scholarship program is designed to develop future nurse leaders and educators for the US and the rest of the world. The goal of this program is to reduce the nursing shortage by increasing the global population supply of nurse leaders and educators for developed countries as well as for developing countries.

Home Country Scholarship Programs

GSA’s Home Country Scholarship program is a philanthropic endeavor. It is one of the ways GSA contributes to sustainability in developing countries. Participants complete an advanced nursing degree program and work full-time at a university or local healthcare instiution. Upon completion of the program, participating scholars are required to remain in their home country to work as a nurse educator, typically for one year or more. Our intitial programs were directed toward the Philippines, which is the GSA’s leading source country for scholar candidates.

The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become. – Harold Taylor

Scholar Testimonials

Leah Chua from Davao – Anderson University, Indiana

Global Scholarship Alliance has been incredible in helping me achieve my goal to study abroad while staying on track academically and professionally.

GSA played a very important role in my decision to attend Anderson University and be able to gain hands on experience at a prestigious hospital in Indiana.

I have been blessed with not only with the opportunity to earn a dual degree (MSN-MBA) but also with opportunities for personal and professional growth. I have met many amazing people who have touched my life while on this journey.

I’m glad that I entered the GSA program. Right now, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.

Archiles Tolentino – Mercy College, New York

I am very happy to inform you that I have been nominated for induction into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The induction will be in the early fall. Rest assured that I am doing my best to make GSA proud and I will try to be an epitome of competent Filipino nursing.

This accomplishment would not be possible without the help and assistance of GSA. On behalf of our entire graduating class I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all the people who have helped us along the way. This nomination not only recognizes my academic diligence but more importantly recognizes the people who had belief in my ability to be a great nurse.

Thank you so much for everything and God bless.

Veronica Lacambra from Olongapo – Capital University, Ohio

I never dreamed that someday I would hold a Master’s Degree in Nursing. My nursing education seemed to have stopped with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing and my life was spent taking care of my family.

GSA opened doors to endless possibilities. Now, not only do I hold Master’s in Nursing, but I am also a member of Phi Beta Delta, an international honor society, and Sigma Theta Tau, the most widely recognized nursing honor society worldwide. In short, I have accomplished things I never dreamed of and have become the person I always wanted to be.

I can’t wait to go back to the Philippines to share the knowledge and experience I have been blessed with. My warmest thanks to the staff of GSA Philippines and GSA USA!

 Joresty Abelida from Bacolod – University of the Incarnate Word, Texas

Before I arrived in America I thought of the GSA program like the airline on which I had my ticket for the USA. Both were simply were a means of getting me to the USA.

Today, the importance and impact of the GSA program is much greater than I envisioned. The MSN scholarship program shines in letting participants branch out to different nursing specialties that only a few enjoy and bearing fruits of knowledge, respect, and financial security.

I never thought I would be in this beautiful program. Come to America and you will realize how impactful it is to earn your MSN. This program simply is not an ordinary opportunity.

 Nenita Alfonso from Manila – Long Island University, New York

I want to thank GSA Philippines for the opportunity given to me to study and work in New York. It’s really a tremendous accomplishment not only for me, but for the people behind the GSA program. For their assistance I will be forever grateful. May the GSA program personnel inspire more nurses to join us and be a part of their mission.

My MSN degree from Long Island University combined with training at Wyckoff Hospital have made me a better a practicing nurse and a future administrator.

Though my GSA program will soon end, I hope the relationship with GSA will last forever.

Thank you very much and More Power!


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