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School of Nursing Scholarship Programs

Mercy Auxiliary BSN Scholarships

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Funded solely by the Mercy Auxiliary of Central Iowa, these three scholarships named in honor of four beloved members of the Mercy Auxiliary are available to full and part-time (6 credits both fall and spring) students admitted to the BSN degree program or who are returning to continue or complete study while maintaining satisfactory academic progress as required by the BSN degree program and have a demonstrated financial need. The scholarships are named after Morris and Lenore Mandelbaum, Sr. Mary Gervase Northup, and Mrs. Mary Northup. Each award is for $5,000 and may be renewed up to two additional academic years while working to complete the BSN degree (maximum award of $15,000 over three years). Renewing applicants will compete for funding. One letter of recommendation required.
Note: These scholarships are not intended for students in either of the nursing paths: ASN degree to RN to BSN degree, or BSN Integrated option.

Nursing Alumni Endowed General Scholarships

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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. One letter of recommendation required.

Sr. Mary Sebastian Geneser Endowed Scholarships

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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. One letter of recommendation required.

Sr. Mary Zita Brennan Endowed Nursing Scholarships

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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. One letter of recommendation required.

Leona Sweeney Endowed Scholarship

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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.  One letter of recommendation required.
 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Scholarship

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This award is available to first-time or returning RN to BSN completion students (students already holding an RN license) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, enrolled in six (6) or more credit hours for the semester seeking assistance, and a demonstrated financial need. One letter of recommendation required.

 

Beatrice Bender Endowed Scholarship

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Funded with a gift from the Beatrice Bender estate, these endowed scholarships are awarded to fulltime students entering their fourth semester of the ASN program with a demonstrated financial need and a cumulative GPA of 2.7 of higher. One letter of recommendation required.

Carl and Mary Cacciatore Memorial Endowed Scholarship

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Funded by the descendants of Mr. and Mrs. Cacciatore, this endowed scholarship is awarded to a fulltime student entering their fourth semester of the ASN program with a demonstrated financial need, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and an interest in the following nursing specialties:  medical-surgical, maternal-child, or critical care. One letter of recommendation required. 

Helen Ann Maloney Scholarship

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Funded by the descendants of Helen Ann Maloney, this scholarship is awarded to a fulltime student entering their fourth semester of the ASN program who has demonstrated an interest in home health nursing.  Helen Ann Maloney was a long-time Mercy Medical Center employee. One letter of recommendation required.

Mercy Medical Staff Endowment Scholarships

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Funded solely by Mercy physicians, this endowment fund provides an annual scholarship to a fourth semester ASN program, full-time student who has a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher and a demonstrated financial need.
One letter of recommendation required.

Claude E. Niemier Perpetual Trust Nursing Scholarships

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Funded with a gift from the Claude Niemier estate, these endowed scholarships are awarded to fulltime, returning ASN and BSN students (not RN to BSN Completion students) with a demonstrated financial need, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and an interest in pediatric nursing. One letter of recommendation required. 

Bernice Ortale Memorial Endowed Scholarship

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Funded by the husband of Bernice, who was a 1963 alumni, this scholarship is awarded to a full-time ASN student with a 3.0 or higher GPA in their fourth semester. One letter of recommendation required. 

Joann Coppola Randa Memorial Endowed Scholarship

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Funded by descendants of Joann Coppola Randa, this endowed scholarship is awarded to a fulltime student entering their fourth semester of the ASN program with a demonstrated financial need, a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher, and an interest in critical care nursing. One letter of recommendation required.

Dr. E.T. Scales Endowed Scholarships

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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.


Joan S. Gill Nursing Scholarship
 
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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 the ASN 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.  She 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.  One letter of recommendation required. 

 

Sr. Mary Gervase Northup Scholarship

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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. One letter of recommendation required. Sr. M. Gervase Northup was the 15th Director of the School of Nursing (1964-69).

 

Mary Northup Scholarship


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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. One letter of recommendation required. 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.
 

Morris & Lenore Mandelbaum Scholarship


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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. One letter of recommendation required. The Mandelbaums were active supporters of the Mercy Auxiliary during their lifetimes.
 

Patricia Clare Sullivan Endowed Scholarship


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Funded by friends for Patricia Clare Sullivan, these scholarships are available to students admitted full- or part-time to the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program as either incoming or returning students, and who demonstrate financial need and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale or higher at application or maintain satisfactory academic progress at other times during their enrollment as required by the College to maintain financial aid standing. One letter of recommendation required. Patricia Clare Sullivan was the 14th Director of the School of Nursing (1960-64).
 

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Questions about scholarship eligibility should be directed to:

  • Brian Tingleff
    Vice President of External Affairs (515) 643-6663 Fax(515) 643-6698 Toll Free (800) 637-2994, ext. 3-6663 btingleff@mercydesmoines.org

Submit forms (via email) to:

Submit forms (in-person) to:

  • Missy Chapman
    College Receptionist
    Sullivan Center Lobby, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.