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Josie Harper Nursing Scholarship  

Through the generosity of The Harper Family Foundation, College of Saint Mary is helping to provide a debt-free pathway to 100 nursing students over the next four years! Charles “Mike” Harper and his late wife Joan “Josie” launched The Harper Family Foundation to create a legacy of giving. Josie was a nurse who passed away from cancer. Their goal has become to create lasting and impactful contributions. 

Josie Harper Nursing Scholarship Recipients receive:

  • Up to $29,000 annually* 
    • Significant financial support for tuition, campus housing, educational expenses  
    • The Scholarship is automatically renewable each year through the completion of your BSN degree 

Student Benefits:

  • CSM student worker opportunities  
  • No student fees
  • Free parking on campus
  • Free access to our state-of-the-art Lied Fitness Center & Fieldhouse
  • Nursing skills/sim center
  • Be a part of the BOLD Nursing Program, one-on-one nursing advising

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Acceptance to one of the following:
    • Practical Nursing Certificate (PNC), as a new student beginning May 2022.
    • Pre-Nursing program as a new student beginning August 2022.
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program as a new student beginning in August 2022.
  • Demonstrate high financial need through Federal Pell Grant Eligibility or be eligible for a CSM Misericordia Scholarship.
  • And at least one of the following criteria: 
    • First generation (defined as neither parent earning at least a bachelor’s degree)
    • A person of color
    • Student parent

Application Process

Before starting your application form, we recommend having your final essay and resume completed and ready to upload within the application. Also, please file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at College of Saint Mary's federal school code is 002540.

1. Complete Application Form

2. Submit Essay

Please discuss the impact you believe the Josie Harper Nursing Scholarship will have on your life and future career. (Preferred format: Times New Roman Font, Size 12, Double Spaced and minimum of 500 words.)

Must be in a doc, docx, or pdf and is located at the bottom of application form. 

3. Submit Resume

Must be in a doc, docx, or pdf and is located at the bottom of application form. 

Final Step: 

4. Submit Two Letters of Recommendation

You will need to submit two letters of recommendation from persons attesting to your qualification and motivation to be a successful nursing student and healthcare professional. It is recommended that letters come from teachers, administrators, professional, or other impactful adult figures. Please ask the person providing the recommendation to go to the following link in order to complete the recommendation: Josie Harper Nursing Scholarship Recommendation



Practical Nursing Certificate Students: April 1
Pre-Nursing and BSN Students: April 1 is the priority date; June 1 is the final deadline

25 New Scholars will be Admitted
Each Year from 2022 - 2025

BOLD Advising 

Josie Harper Nursing Scholarship recipients will be part of the BOLD Advising program. The purpose of BOLD is to improve access to education, strengthen academic support services and empower women to mitigate barriers to their careers.

Our BOLD approach empowers CSM students through:

Belonging to a place-based learning community
O Overcoming obstacles of access, college preparedness and affordability
L Leadership development to promote inclusive practices and advocacy for diverse populations
D Destination encouragement throughout students’ education: supporting students to set and achieve their goals and dream career outcomes



*Amount calculated with all available CSM scholarships, federal and state resources.