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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:

  • The Josie Harper Nursing Scholarship grants $10,000 annually to awarded scholars. This Scholarship is automatically renewable each year through the completion of your BSN degree.
Student Benefits:
  • Navigate your college experience with your personal Student Success Advisor in addition to your Academic Advisor
  • Free parking on campus
  • Free access to our state-of-the-art Lied Fitness Center & Fieldhouse
  • No student fees
  • Nursing skills/sim center


Eligibility Requirements 

  • Applied to one of the following:
    • Practical Nursing Certificate (PNC), as a new student beginning May 2024.
    • Pre-Nursing program as a new student beginning August 2024.
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program as a new student beginning in August 2024.
  • Financial need as demonstrated by FAFSA.


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

Enter the same Username and Password that you used to apply to College of Saint Mary. Can't remember your log-in or have questions/issues with logging in? Email Salesforce [at] or text 402-399-2355.

2. Submit Essay (within application)

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 within the application form. 

3. Submit Resume (within application)

Must be in a doc, docx, or pdf and is located within the 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

Application Deadline


Round 1: Application Due Friday, March 8th 
Round 2:  Application Due Monday, April 1st
Round 3:  Application Due Monday, April 22nd 


Applicants will be reviewed and scholarship announcements will be made within three weeks of the application deadline. Application deadline dates will continue until all scholarships have been awarded.