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 opens January 1, 2020 and closes 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.

The application window is currently closed.

Continuing Education Grants

The AORN Foundation does not currently offer funding for the Periop 101 course. If your facility would like to apply for funding for this program, please search for funding options at one of the below links:

For more information, please contact the Foundation at

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 opens in conjunction with registration for the event and closes December 1, 2019.

Please note: Members of the AORN Board of Directors, AORN Foundation Board of Trustees, AORN Nominating and AORN Scholarship Committee are not eligible to apply.

AORN Foundation - Scholarships, Grants, and Awards

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