Scholarship Offerings

Mercy College of Health Sciences is fortunate to make available to qualifying students a number of scholarships that are funded by friends of the institution with a goal of helping to educate the next generation of health science leaders. Donor generosity comes in many forms – estate gifts after their lifetime, endowed gifts which produce interest every year and annual gifts made year after year.

Some donors give to fund a scholarship to honor a loved one; others know and understand the struggle to afford higher education and the dreams an education can make real; others give because of their personal connections every day with Mercy College students - our College employees. Several of these scholarships are funded from the General Scholarship Fund, as part of our annual fund campaign, known as the Spirit of Mercy Campaign. This pool of charitable gifts represents hundreds of gifts from many sources and is distributed to meet strategic scholarship needs.

Listed below in alphabetical order are the scholarships available, along with information about some of the men and women who made the gift possible or whose memory the gift has been named.


Academic Program Student Scholarship
Funded with gifts from the General Scholarship Fund, these scholarships are awarded to students admitted to any academic program, as full- and part-time students, at any stage of their degree program and meeting the degree program admission GPA or progression GPA requirement.

Beatrice Marie Bender Endowed Scholarship
Funded with a gift from the Beatrice Marie Bender estate, these endowed scholarships are awarded to students admitted to any nursing degree program and starting at least the second year of professional program coursework, demonstrating a financial need and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.7 of higher.

Bohl Radiologic Technology Scholarship
Funded by a gift from Michael Bohl, MHA, R.T.(R), Class of 1980, this scholarship is awarded to a full-time, student in the radiologic technology degree program who graduated from Panorama High School (formerly Panora-Linden High School). In the event of multiple candidates from Panorama High School, the scholarship will be awarded based upon a demonstrated financial need. In the event that no candidate in a given year is from Panorama High School, other fulltime radiologic technology degree students would be eligible to apply, with the award based on financial need only. Panorama High School graduates are eligible to renew the award while in the radiologic technology program.

Sr. Mary Zita Brennan Endowed Nursing Scholarship
Funded by charitable contributions of nursing alumni and friends of Sr. Zita at the time of her death in 1995, these scholarships are available to full and part-time students studying in any ASN or BSN programs who have completed at least one nursing semester of study and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at application.
The award is named after Sr. Zita Brennan who directed the maternity ward of Mercy Hospital for 44 years, from 1940-84, and was a clinical instructor in the labor and delivery department.

Carl and Mary Cacciatore Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Funded by the descendants of Mr. and Mrs. Cacciatore, this endowed scholarship is awarded to a fulltime student in any nursing degree program who is starting at least the second year of professional program coursework, with a demonstrated financial need, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Emergency Medical Services Endowed Scholarship
Funded with the proceeds from the payment of continuing education units collected from fire departments and emergency medical service providers and individuals in emergency medical services as recommended by the Mercy College EMS Advisory Council, these funds will be split annually to award a scholarship to a paramedic student and two smaller scholarships to assist Emergency Medical Technician students who are interested in later enrollment in the Mercy College Paramedic program.

Mohinder K. Dhugga Scholarship
Funded with a gift from Dr. Kanwarpal Dhugga, in honor of his mother, this scholarship is available to students who are admitted full- or part-time as a pre-program student or are admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS) degree program. Students entering with a high school transcript must demonstrate a grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, while college students transferring would need to demonstrate a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for college credits accepted by the College. Of secondary consideration is a demonstration of financial need.

Dr. Dhugga is a guest lecturer on the SIKH religious faith in THE 334 Religions of the World course to help guide students through the tenets of this world religion and the implications for health care providers in treating local community members.

Connie French Endowed Schoalrship
Funded by Mercy Medical Center upon her retirement, this scholarship is available to students admitted to any academic program, as full- and part-time students, at any stage of their degree program and meeting the degree program admission GPA or progression GPA requirement.

Connie French retired in 2001 as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and served as the liaison for Mercy College during the first six years of its operation.

Sr. Mary Sebastian Geneser Endowed Scholarship
Funded solely by the charitable contributions of nursing alumni, these scholarships are available to full and part-time students studying in any ASN or BSN programs who have completed at least one nursing semester of study, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at application.

The award is named after Sr. Sebastian Geneser, the 13th Director of the School of Nursing from 1947-60.

Joan S. Gill Nursing Scholarship
Funded by the relatives and friends of Joan S. Gill, Diploma Nursing Class of 1994, this scholarship will be awarded to full- or part-time students enrolled in any nursing degree program who are non-traditional in age (older than 25) and raising a family, with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher, and who may struggle with dual roles student/parent. Joan died in 2008 after serving as a mother/baby nurse upon completion of her degree at Mercy.

Ms. Gill was herself a non-traditional student, who understood the challenges of parenting and fulfilling her educational dreams. Family members wish to honor her legacy through scholarships to students in similar circumstances.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows Scholarship
Funded by a gift from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Grand Lodge of Iowa, these $5,000 scholarships will be primarily awarded to refugee and immigrant students who successfully completed an educational program through a federal grant known as Pathways to Health Care Careers - Iowa. Of secondary consideration will be students who are first in their family to enroll in College (parents have not completed a bachelor’s degree), regardless of their lack of involvement with the federal grant. These scholarships will be awarded to students admitted to Mercy College and enrolled in at least one three-credit course each semester and who maintain satisfactory academic progress. Funding can be used to cover no more than 75% of the anticipated semester tuition and textbook expenses. Recipients will also be evaluated on the basis of personal financial need.

Iowa Heart Center Scholarship
Historically funded solely by the cardiologists and surgeons of the Iowa Heart Center, this endowed scholarship is awarded to an admitted diagnostic medical sonography student beginning their second year in the professional program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who has a demonstrated financial need.

Veronica A. Lalor Academic Program Endowed Scholarship
Funded solely by an estate gift from Veronica A Lalor, these scholarships are available to full- and part-time students admitted in any academic program, with the minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for incoming academic program students or maintaining satisfactory academic progress in the chosen program for returning students, and a demonstrated financial need.

Ms. Lalor was honored by her husband, Francis Lalor who was an early board member of the Mercy Foundation.

Liberal Arts & Sciences Faculty-Sponsored Endowed Scholarship
Funded by members of the Mercy College School of Liberal Arts & Sciences and other college employees, these scholarships are intended to benefit either incoming or returning students enrolled in liberal arts courses or an academic program administered by the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences; where first-time freshmen have a cumulative high school grade point average (CGPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or higher at application or college transfer students who have a college CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for those credits that are accepted by Mercy College (not to exceed 18 credit hours), or returning students who are academically progressing and who demonstrate financial need (but only as a secondary priority for selection).

Helen Ann Maloney Scholarship
Funded by the descendants of Helen Ann Maloney, this scholarship is awarded to a fulltime student in any nursing degree program who is starting at least the second year of professional program coursework. Helen Ann Maloney was a long-time Mercy Medical Center employee.

Morris & Lenore Mandelbaum Scholarship
Funded solely by the Mercy Auxiliary of Central Iowa, this scholarship is available to students admitted full- or part-time to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program, who are able to demonstrate a grade point average of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale on the required prerequisite courses needed for admission, and have a demonstrated financial need. Students awarded the scholarship are eligible for automatic renewal for up to two additional years of study in the BSN program if they maintain a 3.0 GPA.

The Mandelbaums were active supporters of the Mercy Auxiliary during their lifetimes.

Mercy Auxiliary General Scholarship
Funded solely by the Mercy Auxiliary of Central Iowa, these scholarships are awarded to any student admitted to Mercy College studying full or part-time (six hours minimum) with a demonstrated financial need.

Mercy Clinical Laboratory Endowed Scholarship
Funded by a gift from the Mercy Clinical Laboratory Department in Des Moines, this scholarship is currently limited to a student in the College's Clinical Laboratory Science Program. The scholarship is awarded based upon a demonstrated financial need and proof of meeting the minimum grade point required for admission to the program. An additional requirement for the scholarship is to reward candidates who demonstrate values common within Mercy Medical Center and Mercy College as demonstrated through an application essay. If at the time of application, Mercy Medical Center -- Des Moines is offering an applicant a hiring incentive to assist with their education, then these students would not be eligible for this scholarship, to better ensure that the scholarship is used to assist with tuition expenses.

Mercy Medical Staff Endowment Scholarship
Funded solely by Mercy physicians, this endowment fund provides an annual scholarship to any academic program student who is starting at least the second year of professional program coursework as a full-time student who has a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher and a demonstrated financial need.

Claude E. Niemier Perpetual Trust Nursing Scholarship
Funded with a gift from the Claude Niemier estate, these endowed scholarships are awarded to any nursing degree program who is starting at least the second year of professional program coursework fulltime with a demonstrated financial need, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Mary Northup Scholarship
Funded solely by the Mercy Auxiliary of Central Iowa, this scholarship is available to students admitted full- or part-time to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program, who are able to demonstrate a grade point average of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale on the required prerequisite courses needed for admission, and have a demonstrated financial need. Students awarded the scholarship are eligible for automatic renewal for up to two additional years of study in the BSN program if they maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Mrs. Mary Northup was the first president of the Mercy Auxiliary in 1948 when the organization was created to assist and enhance the School of Nursing.

Sr. Mary Gervase Northup Scholarship
Funded solely by the Mercy Auxiliary of Central Iowa, this scholarship is available to students admitted full- or part-time to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program, who are able to demonstrate a grade point average of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale on the required prerequisite courses needed for admission, and have a demonstrated financial need. Students awarded the scholarship are eligible for automatic renewal for up to two additional years of study in the BSN program if they maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Sr. M. Gervase Northup was the 15th Director of the School of Nursing (1964-69).

Nursing Alumni Endowed General Scholarship
Funded solely by charitable contributions of nursing alumni, these scholarships are available to full and part-time students studying in any ASN or BSN programs who have completed at least one nursing semester of study, have the minimum cumulative GPA for satisfactory academic progress in the chosen nursing program, and a demonstrated financial need.

Bernice Ortale Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Funded by the husband of Bernice, who was a 1963 alumni, this scholarship is awarded to a full-time student in any nursing degree program who is starting at least the second year of professional program coursework with a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Phi Theta Kappa Academic Scholarship
Funded with gifts from the General Scholarship Fund, these scholarships are awarded to students admitted to the College, and have documented membership in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (proof in the form of a letter from the PTK advisor) and have been admitted to an academic program as a fulltime student with a 3.5 of higher cumulative grade point average at admission to the program. There is no financial need requirement, only 10 scholarships will be awarded annually.

Pre-Program Student Scholarship
Funded with gifts from the General Scholarship Fund, these scholarships are awarded to students admitted to the College, but not yet admitted to an academic program, as full- and part-time students, and meeting the College admission GPA or progression GPA requirement.

Presidential Scholarship for Academic Achievement
Funded by an endowment established by the Mercy College Board of Directors, these scholarships are awarded to incoming students admitted to an academic program as a fulltime student with a transfer cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher or first-time college students with an ACT score of 30 or higher (within the last two years). There is no financial need requirement, only 10 scholarships will be awarded annually.

Frank & Mary Quijano Scholarship
Funded by Mercy College President Barbara Decker, these scholarships are awarded in memory of Frank and Mary Quijano, parents of the College’s president, who wishes to recognize their belief in the importance of education. The scholarship has been created to assist Mercy College students who are entering the second year of their full-time chosen academic program and who are facing financial hardship during difficult economic times to remain enrolled.

Joann Coppola Randa Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Funded by descendants of Joann Coppola Randa, this endowed scholarship is awarded to a fulltime student in any nursing degree program who is starting at least the second year of professional program coursework with a demonstrated financial need, a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher.

Thomas A Reitinger Endowed Scholarship
Funded by Thomas Reitiinger, this scholarship is awarded to a full-time student in any nursing degree program who has a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to single parent. If no eligible candidates meet the criteria, second consideration will be given to a student of the Catholic faith, without regard to their marital status or family size.

Dr. E.T. Scales Endowed Scholarship
Funded by members of the Mercy Medical Staff dedicated to enhancing the recruitment of African Americans to the nursing profession, these endowed scholarships are available to full and part-time first-year and returning ASN and BSN (not RN to BSN Completion students) African American students who have demonstrated a GPA of 2.7 or higher and financial need criteria, with an emphasis on clinical excellence.
This award is named after Dr. E. Thomas Scales, the first African American to serve as President of the Mercy Medical Staff in 1953.

Schildberg Foundation Student Scholarship
Funded solely by the Schildberg Foundation, these scholarships are awarded to full-time students entering at least the second year of their academic program. Eligible candidates must list a home address within one of the following Iowa counties: Adair, Adams, Cass, Clarke, Dallas, Decatur, Fremont, Guthrie, Harrison, Madison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Shelby, Taylor, Union. In addition, candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale at the time of the scholarship deadline and demonstrate a financial need. Of special note: recipients will be required to submit a progress report to the foundation on their academic achievement each year they receive funds, or risk losing further funding.

Sister of Mercy Scholarship
Funded with gifts from a campaign in the 1960s, these scholarships are now awarded to students admitted to the College, but not yet admitted to an academic program, as full- and part-time students, and meeting the College admission GPA or progression GPA requirement.

Patricia Clare Sullivan Endowed Scholarship
Funded by friends for Patricia Clare Sullivan, these scholarships are available to students admitted to any nursing degree program, full- or part-time as at any stage of the program and who demonstrate financial need and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale or higher and maintain the program progression GPA requirement.

Patricia Clare Sullivan was the 14th Director of the School of Nursing (1960-64).

Leona Sweeney Endowed Scholarship
Funded by friends of Leona Sweeney, these scholarships are available to full and part-time students studying in any ASN or BSN programs who have completed at least one nursing semester of study, have the minimum cumulative GPA for satisfactory academic progress in the chosen nursing program, and a demonstrated financial need.

This award is named in memory of Miss Leona Sweeney, a clinical skills instructor at Mercy School of Nursing from 1943-1986.

John F. and G. Frances Weieneth Nursing Scholarship
Funded by an estate gift from Frances Weieneth, this scholarship is available to students admitted to any nursing degree program, as a fulltime student at any stage of the program and who demonstrates financial need and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or higher and maintain the program progression GPA requirement. First preference will be given to students from Ottumwa, Iowa; second preference will be high school graduates from Wapello, Monroe, Davis or Appanoose counties in Iowa; third preference will be graduates from any Iowa high school.

G. Frances Weieneth was a member of the 1945 Diploma Nursing Class from Mercy School of Nursing. Her career was largely spent in industrial nursing.

Workforce of the Future Student Scholarship
Funded by the General Scholarship Fund, these scholarships are intended to support students who are members of ethnic and racial minorities, including alumni of the Pathways to Health Care Careers – Iowa federal grant between 2010-13, who have been admitted to the College or any academic program, as full- and part-time students, at any stage of their degree program and meeting the degree program admission GPA or progression GPA requirement, and have a demonstrated financial need.

William and Marcia Young Endowed Scholarships
Funded solely by Dr. and Mrs. William Young, these scholarships are available to one first-year, full-time radiologic technology program admitted student in their first year of the program, enrolled fulltime, who has a demonstrated financial need and one scholarship to a radiologic technology student in the final year of their professional program who has demonstrated academic excellence with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher.
Dr. Young is currently the Medical Director of the Mercy Medical Imaging Department.