Bursaries and Scholarships
Check here to learn about the current bursary and scholarship programs offered by Nova Scotia Health Authority
Chronic Disease Innovation Fund
You can learn more about applying for the Chronic Disease Innovation Fund here.
Cumberland Health Care Careers Bursary Program
*The 2017 Cumberland Health Care Careers Bursary Program deadline was May 26, 2017. Please check back periodically for 2018 application information.
The Cumberland Health Care Careers Bursary Program is an innovative undertaking of the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and the five health care foundations serving Cumberland County. The primary goal of the program is to assist the NSHA in addressing anticipated human resource shortages in various health care professions in the upcoming years. The program is also intended to encourage Cumberland County's young people to come back to this area to live and work following graduation from post-secondary training.
Under the terms and conditions of the program, which is open only to Cumberland County students, successful applicants receive a bursary to support their studies in a number of health care professions. Student participation includes signing a contract with the health authority for a "return for service" upon graduation equal to the number of years for which they receive a bursary. This means that if a student receives a bursary for four years of study then they will be expected to work for the health authority for four years following graduation. Students will be placed in jobs where there is the greatest need for staff with their type of training and could be at any of the NSHA's Cumberland County facilities which are located in Advocate Harbour, Amherst, Parrsboro, Pugwash and Springhill.
The Cumberland Health Care Careers Bursary Program is supported by the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the All Saints Community Health Care Foundation, Bayview Memorial Health Centre Foundation, Cumberland Health Care Foundation, North Cumberland Memorial Hospital Foundation and the South Cumberland Community Care Centre Foundation.
For more information, contact People Services at 902-667-5400 extension 6237
Nurses Helping Nurses Bursary Fund
This information is only available to NSHA employees and can be found HERE (login and password required)
South Shore Bursary Program
*The 2017 South Shore Bursary Program application deadline was Aug. 15 2017. Please check periodically here for the 2018 application information.
The South Shore Bursary Program offers bursaries of up to $5,000 to students pursuing health-related careers. High school, college and university students from Lunenburg and Queens Counties are eligible to apply. Successful bursary recipients will be required to enter into a Return-of-Service Agreement, post-graduation, with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and be required to work in the South Shore geographical area. The successful recipient will agree to be employed by the Nova Scotia Health Authority for no fewer than the same number of years that the recipient was provided support by the Bursary Program. Successful recipients, who are not willing to accept full-time employment with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, within the South Shore geographical area, in their field of training, will be required to reimburse the Bursary Program in full. A penalty will be applied to student faulting on their Return-for-Service Agreement. The penalty would be 100% of the amount borrowed plus the applicable interest rate.
Nova Scotia Health Authority employees from Lunenburg and Queens Counties returning to an accredited learning institution for education that will result in a change in the employee's profession are also eligible to apply for a bursary.
Restrictions may be applied to specific health care professions. For the upcoming year, skill shortages in Nursing (RNs and LPNs) have been identified. The Steering Committee may also consider other applicants pursuing careers in Allied Health.
2017 Information Package (.pdf download)
*This package is for information purposes only. The 2017 South Shore Bursary Program application deadline was Aug. 15 2017. The application form is no longer available.
Bursaries sponsored by the
Health Services Foundation of the South Shore
Queens General Hospital Foundation
Fishermen's Memorial Hospital Auxiliary
For more information contact People Services at 527-5223 or e-mail email@example.com