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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:

  • Receive up to $29,000 per year in total aid!
    • The Josie Harper Nursing Scholarship grants $10,000 annually to awarded scholars. In combination with other aid, Josie Harper Scholars will have an out-of-pocket tuition/campus housing expense of no more than $1,200 for the first academic year and $1,800 for the last academic year (summer tuition is included for PNC first term and BSN preceptorship only). This 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
  • Navigate your college experience with your personal Student Success Advisor in addition to your Academic Advisor

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Applied to one of the following:
    • Practical Nursing Certificate (PNC), as a new student beginning May 2023.
    • Pre-Nursing program as a new student beginning January or August 2023.
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program as a new student beginning in January or August 2023.
  • High financial need as demonstrated by FAFSA or through the College Funding Estimator by Education Question Foundation.
  • 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

Application Deadline

The application deadline is the first of each month through July 2023 (or until all scholarships have been awarded). Applicants who have a completed application on the first day of each month will be reviewed and scholarship announcements will be made by the end of each month.  

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