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Scholarship Criteria and Applications

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[PDF] Basic Nursing Program Scholarship Application (141 KiB)

[PDF] RN Baccalaureate Completion Application (114 KiB)

[PDF] Graduate Scholarship Application (36 KiB)


 Scholarships are listed in alphabetical order:

C. Francis & Maryllis Oehlke Nursing Scholarship

The criteria for awarding this scholarship are:

  • Be a US citizen
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 for all college work
  • Essay must address financial need and professional goals.

Clarice Joan Amundson Nursing Endowment

All students are eligible for this scholarship. Preference may be given to a student who provides evidence of being or having been a first generation baccalaureate level college student. To be considered for a scholarship from this endowment, the student must:

  • Work part–time in a clinical setting
  • Intend to work in a rural setting as opposed to a tertiary/urban setting upon graduation
  • Demonstrate commitment to the profession of nursing
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or above for all college–level work.

David K. Schober Memorial Nursing Scholarship

David Schober was a 1st semester junior in the School of Nursing when he died in February of 1998. His family gave memorial money for the first scholarship awarded in 1998. His classmates collected money for a scholarship awarded in 2000. Since then, his family has been providing funds for continuation of this scholarship.

  • Awarded annually to a male undergraduate student

Dr. Donald & Marjorie Meredith Nursing Scholarship Endowment

Dr. Donald Meredith and his wife established an endowment fund to support undergraduate merit (academic) scholarship to students admitted to the undergraduate nursing program. This generous endowment provides a scholarship award of approximately $3,000 per semester for 3 semesters. Individuals in the second semester of the nursing program who have a cumulative GPA above 3.5 will be alerted to this scholarship by the Chairperson and given further instructions about the application process at that time. One student will be selected by the School of Nursing Awards and Scholarship committee to receive this scholarship.

To be considered for the scholarship, a student must meet all of the following selection criteria:

  • Be admitted to the nursing major at Minnesota State University Mankato
  • Hold a 3.5 grade point average or higher in all undergraduate courses at the time of the application.
  • Apply for the scholarship during their first semester in the nursing program.
  • Be a U.S. citizen with residence in Minnesota. Residents of North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa may be considered.
  • Be selected by the School of Nursing scholarship selection committee, with input from the applicant's first semester nursing faculty, based on their ability to demonstrate a well-balanced lifestyle, leadership abilities, and commitment to the nursing industry. Each applicant will attach a 1-2 page essay to this application which should include but not be limited to:
    • Reasons for pursuing a career in nursing
    • Related volunteer experiences
    • Extra-curricular activities
    • Related job experiences
    • Professional goals and aspirations
    • Academic successes.

Renewal of this scholarship is subject to certification by the Chair of the School of Nursing that the recipient has:

  1. Maintained 10-14 credits each semester of the academic year.
  2. Demonstrated satisfactory progress toward a degree in nursing as determined by the Chair.
  3. Not engaged in any paid employment during academic sessions without the express prior approval of the Chair.
  4. Satisfactory participated in student/faculty research, peer mentoring or tutoring, or other activities directly related to nursing as determined by the Chair.
  5. Maintained a cumulative academic grade point average of 3.5 or above as measured at the end of each academic semester. Exceptions may be granted by the Chair on a case-by-case basis and for reasons that warrant such consideration. Said reasons are at the discretion of the Chair.
  6. Notified the Chair of any changes in the status which might affect eligibility for this scholarship.
  7. Recipient has corresponded directly with the donor each semester.

A recipient of the Meredith Nursing Scholarship will remain eligible until the earlier of one of the following conditions exist:

  1. Satisfaction of all graduation requirements for the degree in Nursing. Transfer, Post Secondary Education Options, and Advanced Placement credits, which apply to the bachelor's degree, will be counted to satisfy graduation requirements. If a delay is expected in the progress toward graduation, recipient must inform the Chair as soon as possible and present a graduation plan for approval. Exceptions due to extenuating circumstances will be considered for a one semester absence. Recipient is responsible for seeking approval for such exceptions from the Chair.
  2. Completion of a maximum of five semesters in Nursing.
  3. Change major from nursing to another area of study.
  4. Discontinue college career.

Note: Scholarship funds will be disbursed twice annually: one payment to be made in the fall semester and one payment to be made in the spring semester. No scholarship disbursements will be allowed for any summer session enrollments.


The School of Nursing will announce each new recipient in the form of a media press release. Said media press release will be sent to the Mankato Free Press and the student's hometown newspaper as reported in their scholarship application. Other newspapers may be notified as directed by the student and Chair. The School of Nursing will be responsible for providing the Donor or designated family member with the name and relevant background information about the scholarship recipients each semester.


Dr. Walter & Lorna E. Zettler Memorial Endowment

This scholarship is for a graduate or undergraduate student. If an undergraduate, they must be a 300 or 400 level student accepted to the Nursing Program. Student should demonstrate the following:

  • Quality of goal setting
  • Achievement of goals
  • Perseverance and dedication toward achievement of goals
  • Motivation
  • Potential for graduation
  • Potential for contribution to the profession

Elsa Johansen Natvig Endowment

The scholarship was planned by Elsa who over the period of her illness valued and relied on excellent nursing care given by skilled and compassionate nurses. It is the recognition of these nurses' potential for professional growth and her value of excellence which shaped this scholarship for nurses seeking a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Family and friends wish to extend this scholarship to the applicant who is goal–directed and a compassionate nurse. Selection will be based on academic achievement and assessment of clinical performance by faculty and clinical employer. To be considered for the scholarship, the student must:

  • Have a grade point average of 3.3 for all college work
  • Demonstrate outstanding clinical competence

Gertrude Jane Timmerman O'Neill School of Nursing Endowment

Gertrude was born in 1901. Her interest in nursing was encouraged by a "horse and buggy driving" family doctor.  She graduated from a smll nursing school in Mankato, and continued her passion for caring for other throughout her life.  This endowment was established by her family through the James C. O'Neill estate and the Margaret H. and James E. Kelley Foundation.

The criteria for awarding this scholarship are:

  • Minnesota resident (preference will be given to individuals who grew up in Mankato)
  • Submit and essay that addresses high academic achievement, financial need, professional goals, and discuss nursing for family and society.

Golden Jubilee Endowment

The Golden Jubilee Endowment Scholarship was established in 2003 by School of Nursing alumni, nursing faculty, and significant education partners to honor 50 years of nursing education at Minnesota State University.  This scholarship celebrates the legacy of the nursing program at the university and the generationsl of alumni who have earned nursing degreees.  The history of the school of nursing is recorded in the 2003 book "Celebrating the First Fifty Years of the School of Nursing 1953-2003."  Revenues from the book sales support this scholarship. 

The criteria for awarding this scholarship are:

  • Submit an essay that addresses celebration of nursing/nursing education. The essay should also include a view of nursing practice for the future.
  • Preference will be given to a student who has a family member/relative who graduated from the SON program.
  • Must be officially accepted and enrolled in the basic undergraduate nursing program and be in good standing with course progression.

Helen C. & Helmer J. Nilson Scholarship

This award established by friends and family in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Nilson. Dr. Nilson was a Mandkato area physician who shared in the vision of establishing a nursing program at Minnesota State University Mankato. One week before his death he participated in the pinning ceremony for the first class of University nursing graduates. Submit and essay that addresses high academic achievement leadership in the SON or co-curricular activities and financial need.

Lillian Crawford Endowment

The Lillian Crawford Scholarship was established in memory of Lillian Crawford, wife of former president C.L. Crawford. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who will be entering the 400 level of the nursing program. Essay must address high academic achievement and financial need.

Lisa Buerhaus Schumacher  Scholarship

To be considered for the scholarship the student must:

  • Have a grade point average above 3.0
  • Have financial need as described in an essay written by the student

LuVern L. & Bess Penn Endowment

To be considered for this scholarship the student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher for all college work.

Melba Leichsenring Nursing Endowment

Dr. Melba Leichsenring was the Dean of the School of Nursing from l976–l986. The criteria for awarding this scholarship are:

  • Basic student
  • Leadership in the School of Nursing
  • Financial need
  • Scholastic ability

Nancy Schaffler Henry Endowment

Dr. and Mrs. T.R. Schaffler have established a scholarship in memory of their daughter Nancy Schaffler Henry. Selection will be based on academic achievement and faculty assessment of clinical performance. To be considered for the scholarship, the student must:

  • Have a grade point average of 3.5 for all college level work
  • Be above average in clinical performance

Patrick Willette Memorial Nursing Scholarship Endowment

To be considered for the scholarship the student must:

  • Recipient must be a full time student, and in his/her junior year or the first semester of his/her senior year in the Basic Nursing program (no other nursing programs qualify for this scholarship) to qualify for this scholarship.
  • Student must have lost a parent prior to the student reaching the age of 25, or his/her parent is terminally ill.
  • A statement of need describing the impact the scholarship will have on his/her career as a professional nurse.
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the School of Nursing regarding the student's professional nursing commitment must be submitted.
  • One student shall be awarded a $1,000 scholarship annually from this endowment.

RN Baccalaureate Completion Nursing Faculty Scholarship

The alumni, faculty, and administration of the School of Nursing have contributed money for a scholarship for nursing students. This scholarship is to be awarded to a RN Baccalaureate Completion student. To be considered for the scholarship the student must:

  • Be enrolled as a full time RN Baccalaureate Completion student in the School of Nursing
  • Have a grade point average of 3.3 for all college level work
  • Be in need of financial assistance

Robert, Jean, Linus & Michael Schramski Endowment Scholarship

To be considered for the scholarship the student must:

  • Have a grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Submit an essay demonstrating commitment to a career in nursing

Preference will be given to male or minority students.