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Diversity Scholarship


The Diversity Scholarship is established from funds received from the late Hugh B. Hoeffler, M.D. who had established the Katherine Roach Hoeffler, Class of 1933 Memorial Award in memory of his wife


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Significance: Support the need for continued education of registered professional nurses from diverse backgrounds.

Purpose: To provide financial support for continued education in nursing (and other specialties as applicable) for a graduate of St. Joseph’s College of Nursing from a diverse background; diverse backgrounds include but are not limited to areas of race, ethnicity, gender, culture, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, and religion.

Eligibility:
  • A Graduate of St. Joseph’s College of Nursing from a diverse background in the area of race, ethnicity, gender, culture, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or religion, who is a Registered Nurse pursuing an advanced degree such as a baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, or doctoral degree in nursing or other specialty;
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in the US; and a ‘dues paying member’ of St. Joseph’s College of Nursing’s Alumni Association.
All graduates of St. Joseph’s College of Nursing including those that serve on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, are eligible to apply for the Diversity Scholarship for each advanced degree they pursue. Only one scholarship is awarded to a recipient per degree being pursued.

Criteria: Applicants must submit an application and essay to request consideration for the Diversity Scholarship to continue their nursing education; and submit proof of current matriculation in an accredited college or university in the US.

Essay: An applicant is to submit an essay of no less than 500 words typed, and double-spaced on how their diversity in the area of race, ethnicity, gender, culture, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or religion contributes to the delivery of culturally competent/relevant patient care.

Submission of the Diversity Scholarship Application and Essay: One Diversity Scholarship of up to $5,000.00 will be awarded on an annual basis. Completed applications and essays are to be submitted between October 1st and October 15th each year and must be sent via US mail (with a postmark no later than October 15th) to:

  St. Joseph’s College of Nursing’s Alumni Association
206 Prospect Ave.
Syracuse, New York 13203
ATTN: Diversity Scholarship

Notification of Scholarship Recipient: Recipients of the Diversity Scholarship will be notified no later than January 15th of each year and be recognized annually at the Annual Meeting.

Other: Applications submitted incomplete will not be eligible for consideration. Monetary awards granted from the Diversity Scholarship are to be used for tuition expenses only. Awards will be mailed directly to the Office of the Bursar at the college or university the scholarship recipient is attending. The Diversity Scholarship is non-transferable.