Mary Marshall Nursing scholarships are for students enrolled in undergraduate nursing programs. Undergraduate nursing programs are defined as those leading to a diploma, an associate degree, or baccalaureate degree in nursing. An Advisory Committee appointed by the State Board of Health makes all scholarship awards. The Office of Health Equity (OHE) of the State Health Department serves as the staff element to the Advisory Committee and plays no role in the determination of scholarship recipients. The guidelines for determining scholarship recipients are established by the Advisory Committee and are based on scholastic attainment, financial need, character, and adaptability to the nursing profession. In order to be considered for a scholarship, the following are required:
A) Applicant must be a United States Citizen , National, hold an immigration visa or classified as a political refugee as verified by a social security number included in the application. Persons with a temporary or student visa are not eligible.
B) Applicant must be a resident of the State of Virginia for at least one year. Verification provided must prove that the applicant has lived in Virginia for at least one year (ex. Renewal date on driver's license, previous year on voter registration card, motor vehicle registration/employment records/deed of property/ sources of financial support, etc. if they reflect multiple years). Please provide one of the following appropriate forms of verification: 1.) State Income Tax record or statement 2.) Driver's license with renewal information 3.) Voter registration card 4.)Motor vehicle registration 5.) Employment record 6.) Ownership of real property 7.) Financial support records.
C) Applicant must attach a one page Narrative Summary. "Section 7-Narrative Summary" must be printed at the top of the page. The applicant should sign and date the bottom of the page. (The Narrative Summary will not be accepted if not submitted as stated above.) In one page or less, the summary must briefly explain the significance of the Mary Marshall Nursing Scholarship in pursuing his/her educational goals, any school/community activities, and any skill-set that is pertinent to the nursing profession. It is important that the applicant consider including plans for professional practice in Virginia following graduation. If the Narrative Summary exceeds the one page limit, it will not be accepted.
D) Applicant must be accepted to or enrolled in a school of nursing in the State of Virginia, approved by the State Board of Nursing. The applicant must have the Dean/Director/Chair of the Applicant's School of Nursing complete Section 8 of the application, provide an original signature and have it returned to him/her to be submitted with the application. Section 8 will not be accepted if it is not submitted with the application.
E) Applicant must attach an official transcript of grades from all schools attended. The transcript will not be accepted if it is not submitted with the application. The applicant must demonstrate a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 if currently enrolled in and attending a nursing program.
F) Applicant must demonstrate financial need verified by a Financial Aid Officer or Authorized Personnel. The applicant must file one or more of the following: 1) Financial Aid Form (FAF) of the College Scholarship Service 2) the Family Financial Statement (FFS) of the American College Testing or 3) the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the institution they are attending or will attend to determine financial need. The recommendation of the Financial Aid Officer or Authorized Personnel must be based on one of the three referenced need analysis documents and must include a specific dollar amount determined to be the applicant's financial need. The Financial Aid Officer or Authorized Personnel must provide original signatures in Section 9 of the application.