St. Elizabeth School of Nursing Scholarships

All applications must be turned into the financial aid office at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing. Applications will be sent to all students who meet minimum criteria in advance of deadline. For more information please contact the financial aid office at (765) 423-6340.

     

    Betty Jean Lowery Endowed Nursing Scholarship

    Betty Jean Lowery was born in 1938 in a farm house near New Ross, Ind. She had to overcome many obstacles throughout her life. She knew at the age of 16 that she needed to do something to better her future. She was a dedicated high school student graduating valedictorian of her class, and had secretly applied for various nursing scholarship to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. Betty was awarded those scholarships and began her nursing training at the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in August 1956. She graduated in 1959. She went on to receive her BSN in 1963 and work in various hospitals throughout Indiana. Betty stated that the main reason she wanted to establish a scholarship was to help more individuals achieve their dream of becoming a nurse. Scholarships had helped her, and she wanted to pay it forwards. “My career would not have happened without those scholarships,” said Betty. “I have been victorious in my life. I am a Christian. My faith has sustained me. Any negativity I may have had I now know it too shall pass. Thank you, Father God and Lord Jesus, for showing me how to have compassion, love and to take care of others. I have been blessed.”Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

    • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and reside in the State of Indiana
    • Must be admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Applicant must be at least a second-year student
    • Must demonstrate compassionate concern for the betterment of their patients

     

    Betty J. McCay Schober Memorial Scholarship

    The Betty J. McCay Schober Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of Mrs. Schober and provided in her memory by her family. Mrs. Schober was an alumnus of St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, having graduated in the class of 1947. Mrs. Schober was raised in a small farming community in Indiana and it is the family’s wish that students benefiting from this scholarship have a similar background.

    Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

    • Applicant must be either a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
    • Must be admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing with a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.2 on 4.0 scale
    • Current high school senior to be awarded during their Level One year at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
    • Special consideration will be given to a student who lives on a farm or is from a small community
    • Additional consideration will be given to a student who has shown success in spite of difficult family situations, such as a family member with a serious illness, long-term unemployment of a parent or other such hardships.

     

    Brenda E. Murray Memorial Scholarship Fund

    The Brenda E. Murray Memorial Scholarship was established in 2019 by Brenda’s family to honor her memory. Brenda was a dedicated nurse, wife, sister, mother, family member and friend. After graduating from the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in 1989, she began her nursing career in the emergency department at Home Hospital and then went on to have a successful 29-year long career as a nurse at the Roudebush VA Medical Center. Brenda’s life may have been shortened due to a battle with cancer, but her legacy and devotion to others continues to shine with each new day.

    Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

    • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
    • Must be admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • From a rural community
    • Must demonstrate financial need
    • Special consideration will go to applicants who are single parents and/or were able to overcome an adverse situation

     

    Franciscan Health Auxiliary Lafayette Scholarship

    In 1968, the Franciscan Health Auxiliary Lafayette established a scholarship for St. Elizabeth School of Nursing students. The funds for the scholarship came from the Washburn Health Careers Fund, which was established in honor of Mary B. Washburn, a long-time volunteer of the Auxiliary, as well as other sources and activities.

    Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

    • Must be an enrolled student at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing and within one calendar year of graduation
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 Scale
    • Demonstrate financial need

     

    Gertrude Loeb Rosen Scholarship

    The Loeb Scholarship was established to provide a $1,000 merit scholarship for up to eight semesters of assistance to an outstanding applicant of the Registered Nursing Diploma-Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN), St. Elizabeth School of Nursing-University and Saint Francis Cooperative Nursing Program. The award is renewable for up to eight semesters (a total of $8,000) as long as the student is maintaining satisfactory academic progress as outlined in School of Nursing policies.

    Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

    • Level One student at to St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
    • High school students with minimum 3.5 GPA and either SAT of 1100 or ACT 22, as well as the minimum of proficient score on TEAS entrance exam (if required)
    • Transfer students with at least 24 hours of transfer coursework completed and college GPA of at least 3.5, as well as minimum of proficient score on TEAS entrance exam (if required).

     

    Juanita Burnett Marchand Endowed Memorial Scholarship

    Juanita Burnett Marchand was born in 1927 in Indianapolis, Ind. and from a very young age she knew that taking care of others would be at the root of her career. In December of 1941, while sitting in a freshman study hall, Juanita very much remembered the loud speaker at her school crackling with the message: “This is your President.” The President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was announcing that the United States was at war. In the stunned stillness of the room, a black and white picture came into Juanita’s head of a young dark-haired woman dressed in white, weaving her way through men on a battlefield. She knew at that moment that her desire was to become a nurse. In the late summer of 1945, she began a three-year nursing program in Indianapolis. She held various nursing positions in her lifetime: on medical and surgical floors, in doctor’s offices, in nurseries and in nursing homes. 

    To those who receive this scholarship: “I hope you may find satisfaction – even soul satisfaction – in this Healing Modality -always remembering that those we are, and those we serve, are more than bodies. My very best to you, I am thankful I could help with your education. Hang in there, I’m pulling for you,” – Juanita Burnett Marchand, 2015.

    Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

    • Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen
    • Admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
    • Minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale 

     

    Mabel M. Knight Scholarship

    Mabel M. Knight was born in Attica, IN in February 1916 and remained a lifelong resident of the area. During her life, Mabel held many positions; she worked as a secretary for the Lux Agency for over 50 years, before retiring in 1987 and she worked part-time as a closing agent for Prairie Homes. She was also a member of the Women of the Moose, served as president of the Women’s Carpenter Auxiliary, was a charter member of the American Motorcycle Association, a member of the Long Center Theatre Organ Society and served as volunteer with the Franciscan Health Lafayette Auxiliary.

    Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

    • Applicant must be either a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
    • Must be admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
    • Minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

     

    Nola J. Gentry Scholarship

    The Nola J. Gentry St. Elizabeth School of Nursing Endowed Scholarship was established by Ned Derhammer in memory and honor of his wife, Nola Gentry.

    Nola was a true leader in the Greater Lafayette community. She not only served as a Tippecanoe County Commissioner from 1990-1996, but she was a frontrunner in her church and in Indiana agriculture, having been the president of Gentry Farms since 1981. Nola Gentry will always be remembered as a leader who was fun to be around, had an ever-present smile, a positive attitude, a willingness to help and volunteer and the wonderful food she would bring into every carry-in.

    Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

    • Applicant must be either a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
    • Must be admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
    • Minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
    • Additional consideration will be given to a student who has shown success in spite of difficult family situations, such as a family member with a serious illness, long-term unemployment of a parent or other such hardships.

     

    Sally Watlington Scholarship

    The Captain Sally Watlington, USN (Ret.) St. Elizabeth School of Nursing Endowed Scholarship was established by Captain Watlington. She is a volunteer with Franciscan Health Western Indiana, having served as Board Chair from 2014 through 2017, as well as Chair of the Mission/HR and Medical Staff Affairs/Quality Improvement committees and has been a member of the hospital board since 2008.

    Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

    • Applicant must be either a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
    • Must be admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
    • Minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • High school graduate
    • Additional consideration will be given to a student who has shown success in spite of difficult family situations, such as a family member with a serious illness, long-term unemployment of a parent or other such hardships.

     

    St. Clare Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship

    The St. Clare Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship was established through funds raised by the Auxiliary in recognition of more than 50 years of dedicated service given by volunteers supporting quality patient care in Montgomery County at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville.

    Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

    • Applicant must be either a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States in Montgomery county, Indiana.
    • Must be admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing with a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Current high school graduate with award being awarded during their Level One year at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
    • Additional consideration will be given to a student who has shown leadership qualities and/or success in spite of difficult family situations, such as a family member with a serious illness, long-term unemployment of a parent or other such hardships.

     

    Susan Oesterling Whitaker Nursing Scholarship

    The Susan Oesterling Whitaker Nursing Scholarship is named in honor of Mrs. Oesterling Whitaker and was established by her family in honor of her memory. Susan was an alumnus of St. Elizabeth School of Nursing class of 1989 and worked as a registered nurse at St. Elizabeth Regional Health for more than 20 years following graduation. She lived a wonderful life that was tragically shortened after a battle with cancer at the age of 42. She touched many lives including her family, friends and patients.

    Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

    • Must be currently enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing and beginning Level Two, or higher
    • Have demonstrated financial need
    • Not only a decent student in the classroom, but has a heart for service and compassion for others

     

    William and Martha Fancher Nursing Scholarship

    The William and Martha Fancher Nursing Scholarship was established by Mrs. Fancher in 2011 to help deserving students achieve their dream of becoming a nurse by offsetting the cost of tuition at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing. Mrs. Fancher is an alumnus of the St. Anthony Hospital’s School of Nursing in Terre Haute, Indiana, and worked for a family doctor in Lafayette for many years.

    Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

    • Must be currently enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing and beginning Level Two, or higher
    • Have demonstrated financial need
    • Not only a decent student in the classroom, but has a heart for service and compassion for others

     

    Wilson Family Nursing Scholarship

    The Wilson Family Nursing Scholarship was established by Terry and Annette Wilson to encourage and support students enrolled at the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing.

    Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

    • Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
    • Must be admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Additional consideration will be given to a student who has shown success despite a difficult family situation or hardship

     

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