Scholarship Application

Thank you for your interest in applying for financial assistance from One Nurse At A Time. When funds are available, ONAAT offers scholarships of up to $1000 per nurse per mission/trip per calendar year to offset trip costs.

We are a non-religious, non-political organization working to put more nurse into the world by lowering the entry barriers for volunteering your skills at home and abroad.  Your application will be evaluated by the board of directors for the overall impact of the mission on the beneficiaries you serve.

Completed applications must be received NO LESS than two months prior to departure of mission and will be valid for one specific, stated mission only. If it is an urgent or emergency mission please email, and your application may be fast-tracked. 

We will contact you once your application is received and again when a decision is reached. Please understand, our ability to offer assistance is based on our available funding.

Eligibility criteria for participation in One Nurse At A Time’s Scholarship Program:

  1. Active nursing license (LPN, RN, ARNP).
  2. For tax purposes, scholarships are only awarded to American taxpayers.
  3. The nurse must be volunteering his/her services without remuneration.
  4. The trip must have a primary medical focus which adheres to internationally accepted ethical humanitarian principles.
  5. Maximum of 5 (five) scholarships per year will be granted to nurses participating in any one organization’s missions.
  6. Scholarships are not awarded if the volunteer will function in the capacity of a student while on the mission trip.
  7. The organization you will be volunteering with MUST be in our Volunteer Directory.



  1. Start the process by paying a one time $75 non-refundable fee.
    • This can be paid on our website:  HERE.
    • You may also mail a check to: One Nurse At A Time, 7747 38th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
  2. Send an email to  The subject line should read Your last name, first name, organization and travel dates
    • In your email, tell us:
      • Your legal name, address, telephone numbers, email address,
      • Active nursing license number and state,
      • Name of the organization with whom you are volunteering, location and dates of your mission, telephone and email for your contact at the organization,
      • How did you become aware of One Nurse At A Time?
      • What are the trip costs and what other contributions will you obtain (explain your financial need)?  How many days will you actually work (not including travel time, days off)?
  3. Attach your CV/Resume


ONAAT is committed to supporting only ethical and sustainable humanitarian practices. We urge you to vet the organization you plan to volunteer with to assure all aspects meet these standards.

Please fully answer the following questions:

  1. Besides your nursing skills, what qualities do you bring to the mission to support accepted humanitarian principles?
  2. What is your experience and viewpoint of global health and humanitarian nursing, and how does it mesh with the ethical framework of the organization you are joining? Include such areas as access to services, cost to patients, pre-requisites to care, standards of care (for example, use of expired medications/supplies, performing tasks beyond the scope of care in country of origin, etc.).
  3. How will your work be supervised on the mission?  How are adverse events/unexpected outcomes managed?  
  4. What is the extent of capacity building on your mission and how will it contribute to the community you serve?  Describe the involvement of local staff.
  5. Discuss the sustainability of the program, after-care for your patients, lasting overall impact on the community for the future.
  6. What do you hope to learn, and what will be your legacy for this mission?


Application and fee must be received no less than TWO months before the start date of your mission. Our application process is very selective, so please be comprehensive in your responses to the above questions. You will be notified when your application and fee are received and forwarded to the board, and once a decision has been made.

Thank you for your interest in volunteer humanitarian nursing.