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Ochsner Scholars

Introducing Ochsner Scholars, a program designed to empower students who are passionate about pursuing a nursing or allied health degree. We are excited to extend a unique opportunity that provides financial support for tuition in exchange for service at Ochsner Health to eligible students enrolled in accredited nursing or allied health schools.

When you become a part of Ochsner Scholars, you'll receive more than just financial assistance. Our commitment to your success includes comprehensive support from Ochsner Health, including mentorship, career guidance, and much more.

Upon successful program completion, you'll embark on your nursing or allied health career at Ochsner Health, becoming a valued member of a healthcare team that has prioritized patient care for over 80 years. Join us in making a meaningful difference in the lives of patients and their families.

Ochsner Nurse Scholars

Ochsner Nurse Scholars is a program designed to empower students from Louisiana, Mississippi, and the University of West Alabama who are passionate about pursuing a nursing degree. We are excited to extend a unique opportunity that provides financial support for tuition in exchange for service at Ochsner Health to eligible students enrolled in accredited nursing school. 

When you become a part of Ochsner Nurse Scholars, you'll receive more than just financial assistance. Our commitment to your success includes comprehensive support from Ochsner Health, including mentorship, career guidance, and much more.

Upon successful program completion, you'll embark on your nursing career at Ochsner Health, becoming a valued member of a healthcare team that has prioritized patient care for over 80 years. Join us in making a meaningful difference in the lives of patients and their families.

Heart of Healthcare Program for Chamberlain New Orleans Students

The Heart of Healthcare Program, offered by Ochsner Health, is dedicated to supporting new incoming students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Chamberlain University College of Nursing, located in New Orleans. Here are the program details:


**Tuition Support:**

- The Heart of Healthcare Program provides partial tuition coverage for up to three years to eligible new students enrolled in the BSN program at Chamberlain University.

**Tuition Discounts:**

- Chamberlain University offers additional discounted tuition to students accepted into the Heart of Healthcare program, enhancing the overall financial assistance package.

**Clinical Rotations and Commitment:**

- Students in the program will complete their clinical rotations at Ochsner Health.
- Upon graduation and successfully passing the NCLEX-RN®, participants commit to a two-and-a-half-year employment pledge at Ochsner Health.

**Eligibility Criteria:**

To be eligible for the Heart of Healthcare Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Be a new incoming Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students at Chamberlain University in New Orleans.
2. Maintain good academic standing at Chamberlain University.

**Employee Eligibility:**

- Employees of Ochsner Health who are incoming BSN students at Chamberlain are also eligible to apply for the program.

**Interview Process:**

- Finalists will have the opportunity to be interviewed by members of the Heart of Healthcare student selection committee.

**Post-Graduation Commitment:**

- Upon graduating from the program, Heart of Healthcare students commit to a minimum of full-time employment at Ochsner Health. The exact awards and employment commitment will be determined by the nurse selection committee and human resources.

The Heart of Healthcare Program is a unique opportunity to receive financial support for nursing education while gaining valuable clinical experience at Ochsner Health, ultimately contributing to the healthcare community.


Ochsner Allied Health Scholars for Delgado Community College Students

Ochsner Allied Health Scholars is a program designed to empower students at Delgado Community College who are enrolled in the Radiology Technologist, Surgical Technologist, or Medical Laboratory Technician degree. We are excited to extend a unique opportunity that provides financial support for tuition in exchange for service at Ochsner Health.

Joining Ochsner Allied Health Scholars means you gain more than financial support. Ochsner Health is dedicated to ensuring your success through extensive support, offering mentorship, career advice, and additional resources.

After successfully finishing the program, you will start your career at Ochsner Health, where you will be an integral part of a team that has dedicated to patient care for over 80 years. Come make a significant impact on the health and well-being of patients and their families with us!

Guidelines/Eligibility

Prospective applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for the Ochsner Scholars program:

  •  **University Enrollment**:
    • For Ochsner Nurse Scholars, students must be actively enrolled or accepted into an accredited university in Louisiana or Mississippi, maintaining good academic standing. Eligible programs include Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Associate Degree in Nursing, or Licensed Practical Nursing Degree. Additionally, nursing students at the University of West Alabama are also eligible.
    • For Allied Health Scholars, students must be enrolled in the Radiology Technologist, Surgical Technologist, or Medical Laboratory Technician degree at Delgado Community College in New Orleans
  • **Pre-Requisite Completion**: All prerequisite classes (general degree classes) required for the chosen degree must be successfully completed.
  • **Ochsner Health Employees**: Employees of Ochsner Health who are enrolled or accepted into a full-time nursing or allied health program are eligible to apply but you are not required to be an Ochsner employee to be in the program.
  • **Interview Process**: Finalists will have the opportunity to be interviewed by members of the Ochsner Scholars student selection committee.
  • **Employment Commitment**: Upon graduation, Ochsner Scholars are expected to commit to full-time employment at Ochsner Health, with the exact award amount and employment commitment determined by the nurse selection committee and human resources.

Please note that the financial support provided through this program is considered taxable income and requires a W-2 form.

Financial Assistance and Duration

The Ochsner Nurse Scholars program provides financial support to nursing students pursuing different degrees:

  • **Ochsner Nurse Scholars (BSN)** recipients will receive $6,250 per eligible traditional semester (2x a year) throughout their nursing school journey, with a maximum total award of up to $37,500 over three years (or up to graduation, whichever comes first). Please note that this support is subject to taxation.
  • **Ochsner Nurse Scholars (ADN/LPN)** recipients will be granted $3,500 per eligible traditional semester (2x a year) for their nursing school studies, with a maximum total award of up to $14,000 over two years (or up to graduation, whichever comes first). This financial assistance is also subject to taxation.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Actively enrolled in or accepted to an accredited nursing program in Louisiana or Mississippi, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Associate Degree in Nursing, or Licensed Practical Nursing degree. University of West Alabama nursing students who are pursuing a BSN degree are eligible to apply.
2. Maintain good academic standing.

Upon successful graduation, Ochsner Nurse Scholars are expected to commit to serving at Ochsner Health for a period ranging from 1 to 5 years, depending on individual circumstances and agreements. This commitment represents a meaningful way to give back to the healthcare community and Ochsner Health.

The Ochsner Allied Health Scholars program provides financial support to students pursuing different degrees:

  • **Ochsner Allied Health Scholars (Med Lab Tech, Rad Tech, Surg Tech)** recipients will be granted $3,500 per eligible traditional semester (2x a year) for their studies, with a maximum total award of up to $14,000 over two years (or up to graduation, whichever comes first). This financial assistance is also subject to taxation.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Actively enrolled in or accepted to Delgado Community College and enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Technician, Surgical Technologist, or Radiology Technologist degree.
2. Maintain good academic standing.

Upon successful graduation, Ochsner Scholars are expected to commit to serving at Ochsner Health for a period ranging from 1 to 5 years, depending on individual circumstances and agreements. This commitment represents a meaningful way to give back to the healthcare community and Ochsner Health.

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Virtual Recording (short informational video)



Ochsner Scholars FAQ
  • What is Ochsner Scholars? plus_icon minus_icon

    The Ochsner Scholars financial assistance program was established with a clear mission: to cultivate the future generation of nurses with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN), Radiology Technologist, Surgical Technologist, and Medical Laboratory Technologist qualifications. This initiative is in alignment with Louisiana's Healthy State Initiative, a commitment to elevate Louisiana from their current 50th place in national healthcare rankings to 40th by the year 2030.

    Each day, nurses and allied health professionals play a pivotal role in saving and transforming lives. Ochsner Health recognizes this vital contribution and is dedicated to investing in the upcoming generation of healthcare professionals. These nurses and allied health professionals will be unwavering in their commitment to prioritizing patients, practicing with empathy, and upholding the highest ethical and clinical standards in healthcare.

    Recipients of the financial assistance award will receive funds to support their education, in exchange for a commitment to join the dedicated team at Ochsner Health upon graduation. This program not only provides financial support but also ensures a future of compassionate and highly skilled healthcare at Ochsner Health, advancing the healthcare landscape in Louisiana and Mississippi.

  • Why should I apply for Ochsner Scholars? plus_icon minus_icon

    What sets the Ochsner Scholars financial assistance program apart from others offered by hospital systems is its exceptional flexibility. Unlike many programs, our initiative grants recipients the freedom to pursue their healthcare education at the institution of their choice, provided it is accredited and located within Louisiana or Mississippi. This means that students who are already enrolled in accredited healthcare programs in these states can seamlessly continue their education without any need for transition in order to be eligible for our financial assistance. Furthermore, nursing students from the University of West Alabama are also eligible to apply. At this time, only Delgado Community College allied health students are eligible for Ochsner Allied Health Scholars; however, we plan to expand to any accredited school within the state of Louisiana or Mississippi soon. 


    Upon successful graduation, our scholars will seamlessly transition into full-time roles at Ochsner Health. However, our support extends far beyond financial assistance. We offer a comprehensive educational experience, rooted in the Ochsner ethos. Our scholars receive not only financial support but also access to a wealth of resources, including professional development opportunities, career coaching, and a range of services designed to provide unwavering support throughout their journey in school. At Ochsner, we are committed to nurturing the complete development of our scholars, empowering them to excel in their careers as healthcare professionals.

  • Who is eligible to apply? plus_icon minus_icon

    The eligibility criteria for applying to the Ochsner Scholars program are as follows:


    1. **Accredited Program**

    • Any student currently enrolled in an accredited nursing program located in Louisiana or Mississippi is eligible to apply. Applicants must maintain good academic standing at their respective institutions.
    • University of West Alabama students enrolled in the nursing school are eligible to apply
    • Delgado Community College students enrolled in the Radiology Technologist, Surgical Technologist, or Medical Laboratory Technician degree. Applicants must maintain good academic standing.

    2. **Completion of Pre-Requisites**: Applicants must have successfully completed all degree prerequisites (general degree classes) prior to acceptance into the Ochsner Scholars program.

    3. **US Citizenship*
    *: Applicants must be US citizens and possess a US social security number. While Ochsner Health aspires to welcome international students into the program in the future, it is currently unable to accommodate international applicants at this time.

    4. **Interview Process**
    : Finalists will undergo virtual interviews conducted by members of the Ochsner Scholars student selection committee.

    These criteria ensure that the Ochsner Scholars program is open to a diverse group of eligible students pursuing healthcare education within the specified regions. It aims to support individuals who are committed to their academic and professional development.

    Finalists will be virtually interviewed by members of the Ochsner Scholars student selection committee. 

  • What degree programs qualify in this program? plus_icon minus_icon

    For Ochsner Nurse Scholars, students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), or Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) degree at institutions in Louisiana, Mississippi, or the University of West Alabama are eligible to apply for and receive financial assistance through the program.

    For Ochsner Allied Health Scholars, students pursuing a Radiology Technologist, Surgical Technologist, or Medical Laboratory Technician degree at Delgado Community College are eligible to apply for and receive financial assistance through the program. 

  • How much financial assistance could I receive in this program? plus_icon minus_icon

    Financial assistance for Ochsner Nurse Scholars are disbursed based on the specific nursing program a student is pursuing:

    **BSN Recipients:** Those pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree will receive an award of $6,250 per eligible traditional semester (2x a year). The maximum support over three years is $37,500; however, you may not receive this full amount if you graduate before then. Additionally, BSN students in accelerated nursing programs will also receive a summer payout of $6,250 per summer, not to exceed the total maximum of $37,500.

    **ADN/LPN Recipients:** Students pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) degree will be granted $3,500 per eligible traditional semesters (2x a year). The maximum support over two years is $14,000; however, you may not receive this full amount if you graduate before then.

    In return for this financial assistance, award recipients will be invited to commit to a specified period of service with Ochsner Health upon their graduation. Ochsner Health, the largest employer in Louisiana and one of the nation's top-ranked hospitals, offers a unique opportunity for scholars to contribute to their healthcare community.

    Financial assistance for Ochsner Allied Health Scholars are disbursed based on the specific nursing program a student is pursuing:

    **Rad Tech, Surg Tech, Med Lab Tech:** Students pursuing a Radiology Technologist, Surgical Technologist, or Medical Laboratory Technician degree at Delgado Community College will be granted $3,500 per eligible traditional semesters (2x a year). The maximum support over two years is $14,000; however, you may not receive this full amount if you graduate before then.

    In return for this financial assistance, award recipients will be invited to commit to a specified period of service with Ochsner Health upon their graduation. Ochsner Health, the largest employer in Louisiana and one of the nation's top-ranked hospitals, offers a unique opportunity for scholars to contribute to their healthcare community.

  • What is the work commitment post-graduation? plus_icon minus_icon

    Every semester of pay received is a 6 month full-time work commitment with Ochsner.

  • What happens if I drop out of the program? plus_icon minus_icon

    Scholars who opt to discontinue their involvement in the program will indeed be responsible for repaying the entire financial assistance they received during their time as Ochsner Nurse Scholars.

    Furthermore, to maintain active status in the Scholars program, Scholars are expected to maintain full-time enrollment at their respective schools while upholding good academic standing. This commitment to their education is a fundamental requirement for ongoing participation in the program.

    In the event that a Scholar leaves their employment with Ochsner before fulfilling their commitment, they will also be required to reimburse the entire amount received as an Ochsner Scholar.

    • What is required to apply? plus_icon minus_icon

      • The most recent academic transcript available (either college or high school, if applicable)
      • A statement of financial need
      • Letter of acceptance from your school
      • Proof of enrollment (if you are able to sign up with classes with your institution at the time of application)
      • Personal statement
    • How do I apply? plus_icon minus_icon

      Applications will open on May 15th through June 15th for the Fall 2024 semester.

    • When are applications due? plus_icon minus_icon

      Applications are currently closed, but we will reopen applications for the Fall 2024 semester on May 15th through June 15th