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Incoming Student Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, St. Joseph’s receives many outstanding and academically talented students, and therefore, cannot assist all applicants. Awards are made to exemplary students and are highly competitive due to limited funding, therefore, a scholarship offer is not guaranteed.  St. Joseph’s College of Nursing cannot negotiate student aid packages to match other grant and scholarship offers.

General Scholarship Application for Incoming Students
*Note: It is recommended to apply for our scholarship opportunities at the same time you submit an admissions application.

Application Deadline: February 1

St. Joseph’s Health Hospital Auxiliary Scholarships:

Sister Wilhelmnia Scholarship

The Sister Wilhelmina Scholarship is named after Sister Wilhelmina, who was appointed the Director of the St. Joseph's School of Nursing in 1943.  She became the hospital's Administrator and Treasurer in 1951. The auxiliary of St. Joseph’s Health Hospital awards two partial scholarships to incoming students every year; one to a day option student and one to a weekend option student.  A 3.0 GPA must be maintained to retain this scholarship.

Sister Mary Obrist Scholarship
The auxiliary of St. Joseph’s Health Hospital awards a full tuition scholarship to a second year Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (DDPN) student who has maintained a 3.0 grade point average at the end of the first semester at Le Moyne College in the nursing program. The recipient must also be the recipient of a Le Moyne College Scholarship to be eligible. Maintenance of eligibility requirements are that the recipient must maintain a B+ or higher in nursing coursework and demonstrate satisfactory progress in the clinical portion of each nursing course at the completion of each semester. The recipient must also demonstrate engagement and commitment to the profession and College through participation in one or more of the following: recruitment events, committee membership, peer mentoring, support group membership, other volunteer activities. 

St. Joseph’s College of Nursing Alumni Association Scholarships:

Sister Mary Sheila Daly Memorial Scholarship

Each year, the Alumni Association awards two $2,500 scholarships in memory of Sister Mary Sheila Daly, past school director (1956–1974), to two incoming students. Students receive $1,250 the first year and can renew the scholarship for the second year if they maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 each semester and perform community service that reflects the mission of nursing and that of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.
Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (DDPN) Scholarship
The alumni awards this $1,000 per semester scholarship to a second year DDPN student who has maintained a 3.0 grade point average at the end of the first semester at Le Moyne College in the nursing program. The recipient must maintain a B+ average at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing. 

Major Stanley E. Brown Scholarship

One scholarship will be awarded to either a Weekday or Evening/Weekend incoming student.  The recipient must be a U.S. Veteran or child of a U.S. veteran.  If no applicant meets this criteria, the College has discretion to select another recipient.  Funds can be used towards tuition and/or indirect costs.  Annual award amounts will vary.

LaMarche Scholarship

A scholarship funded by the family of Carol Lee Fortin LaMarche, RN, Class of 1964 for a Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (DDPN) student.  Criteria is based an applicant's dedication to active community service, academic excellence and financial need.  The recipient will receive $500 per semester for four semesters, and an additional $500 upon graduation to use towards tuition at Le Moyne College for their 4th year.  Recipient must perform volunteer service minimum of 2.5 hours per semester of year two and three of DDPN option and provide written prof to the College of Nursing by the end of the semester. To maintain the scholarship the recipient must maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher per semester.

The Vivian Rippin Scholarship

To Benefit Children/Grandchildren of Deceased/Retired St. Joseph’s College of Nursing Faculty/Staff Scholarship. This scholarship provides a full tuition scholarship to a child or grandchild of a former faculty/staff member who was an employee of the College of Nursing for a minimum of 10 consecutive years. Applicants eligible to apply for this scholarship:
  • An accepted student into a full time College of Nursing option
  • Children, grandchildren of a retired or deceased faculty or staff member of the college of nursing. (Parent or grandparent was employed by the college for a minimum of 10 consecutive years).
  • Applicant has not been the prior recipient of an award or scholarship awarded by the College of Nursing or St. Joseph’s Hospital.
  • Must be in need of financial aid and able to provide proof of need.*
*applicant must contact financial aid coordinator for documentation of need

Scholarship to be applied to cost of College of Nursing tuition cost only, for four semesters of the Weekday option or three terms of the Accelerated Weekend option or DDPN Accelerated Weekend option.
Criteria to maintain scholarship:
  • Recipient must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average per semester or term.
  • Recipient must complete 5hrs. of volunteer service per semester/term for an organization whose mission and purpose is aligned with the mission of the College of Nursing and St. Joseph’s Health Hospital.
    • Must submit written proof of volunteer hours performed prior to the end of each semester/term, documented on the organization’s letterhead and signed by the person that supervised volunteer hours served.
The Vivian Rippin Scholarship Application (pdf)

Application Deadline: May 1

Please submit completed scholarship application to
Requirement: Only typed and signed applications will be accepted.

Say Yes to Education Higher Education Compact

St. Joseph’s College of Nursing awards a maximum of two (2) awards on an annual basis to eligible recipients with family incomes less than $75,000, if funding levels allow.  The award covers full tuition, fees and books less other federal and state grants. 

St. Joseph's Say Yes to Education Higher Education Compact

Application Deadline: February 1

Say Yes Choice Grant

Students from families with higher incomes are eligible to apply for the Say Yes Choice Grant for an award up to $5,000.  For further information, please contact your Say Yes representative.

Financial Aid Award for International Students

International Student Scholarship Application

The purpose is to establish a scholarship fund at the College for the RN education of international students. These scholarships will be based on a student’s financial need and GPA once enrolled. Scholarships shall fund costs related to tuition only with the amount to be determined based on availability of scholarship funds. Decisions related to funding these scholarships will be determined on a semester by semester basis.
Student Selection/Requirements:
One award will be awarded to an eligible international student annually.

The College shall select qualified international students who have been accepted to the College and demonstrates financial need. The criteria for selection shall include:
A student must:
  • Demonstrate financial need;
  • Demonstrate he/she is qualified to enroll in post secondary education;
  • Be enrolled or accepted at the College as a regular student;
  • Be a non-resident alien on a non-immigrant visa not eligible to receive Title IV assistance;
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress standards set by the College; and
  • Certify that he/she will use the scholarship funds only for tuition at the College.
Maintaining a Scholarship
To maintain a scholarship, a student will be required to:
  • Maintain full time status, pursuant to the College’s requirements;
  • Maintain a grade of C or higher in all coursework
Termination of a Scholarship
A scholarship may be terminated by the Scholarship Committee in the event that a student:
  • Fails to maintain full time status any semester;
  • Fails to maintain a grade of C or higher in all courses taken in the nursing program; or
  • Fails more than 2 major clinical nursing courses.
  • This scholarship will be awarded annually to one incoming student.

Other Available Awards & Scholarships

Opportunities for awards and scholarships for the second year of nursing may be available and awarded at the Commitment to Nursing ceremony, which is held at the end of the student's first year at St. Joseph's.

Student Employment Opportunities: Student Nurse Assistant (SNA)

The Clinical Services Department at St. Joseph’s Hospital in collaboration with the College of Nursing provides students matriculated in a nursing program employment opportunities as student nurse assistants. The student must have completed the required amount of clinical hours to become a student nurse assistant. Conditions of employment are explained further during an information session scheduled near the time of eligibility. There are also other opportunities to gain employment at the hospital. Students are welcome to view employment opportunities on the main hospital website at