Scholarships

57 Scholarships

awarded in 2020-2021

We want you to become the best nurse you can be.

That means providing opportunities for scholarships and assistance so you can receive the education needed to serve others and carry on Christ's healing ministry.

Franciscan Health Nursing Incentive

Looking for an affordable education and great future career? Participants in the Franciscan Health Nursing Incentive Program are awarded financial aid during their time with the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing. After graduation, participants can work for the Western Region of Franciscan Health as a registered nurse and have their interest-free loan forgiven. Pay isn't reduced or affected-it's as simple as forgiving monthly payments for full-time service.

For more information, contact the financial aid office at:

765-423-6340

Scholarships

Through the generosity of our donors and alumni, the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing is able to provide a variety of scholarships to our students.

Frequently Asked Questions

Alexandra Laine Wickes Nursing Scholarship

The Alexandra (Alex) Laine Wickes Nursing Scholarship was established in 2020 by her family to ensure that adults and children with intellectual disabilities and special needs receive the necessary care and understanding needed from responsible and skilled medical professionals. Alex was born in 2007 with Down Syndrome, and over her lifetime has received great care from various nurses throughout Indiana. 
Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Must be enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • Demonstrate a financial need
  • Be a single parent
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Have a passion for working with individuals with disabilities or special needs

Betty J. McCay Schober Memorial Scholarship

The Betty J. McCay Schober Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of Mrs. Schober and provided in her memory by her family. Mrs. Schober was an alumnus of St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, having graduated in the class of 1947. Mrs. Schober was raised in a small farming community in Indiana and it is the family’s wish that students benefiting from this scholarship have a similar background.
Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Applicant must be either a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Must be admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing with a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.2 on 4.0 scale
  • Current high school senior to be awarded during their Level One year at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • Special consideration will be given to a student who lives on a farm or is from a small community
  • Additional consideration will be given to a student who has shown success in spite of difficult family situations, such as a family member with a serious illness, long-term unemployment of a parent or other such hardships.

The Candy Genda Nursing Scholarship

The Candy Genda Nursing Scholarship was established in 2020 by her brother, Mark Genda, to honor her service and the service of all nurses who have dedicated their lives to caring for others. Candy is a St. Elizabeth School of Nursing alum who tries her best to live by the “Golden Rule”. “As a nurse it is important to remember to care for each person without judgment and treat everyone like they are part of your family” – Candy

Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Applicant must be either a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States 
  • Must be admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing 
  • Demonstrates financial need 
  • Be a non-traditional student 
  • Be a 3rd or 4th year student 
  • Additional consideration will be given to a student who has shown success despite a difficult family situations or hardships

Gertrude Loeb Rosen Nursing Scholarship

The Loeb Scholarship was established to provide a $1,000 merit scholarship for up to eight semesters of assistance to an outstanding applicant of the Registered Nursing Diploma-Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN), St. Elizabeth School of Nursing-University and Saint Francis Cooperative Nursing Program. The award is renewable for up to eight semesters (a total of $8,000) as long as the student is maintaining satisfactory academic progress as outlined in School of Nursing policies.
Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Level One student at to St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • High school students with minimum 3.5 GPA and either SAT of 1100 or ACT 22, as well as the minimum of proficient score on TEAS entrance exam (if required)
  • Transfer students with at least 24 hours of transfer coursework completed and college GPA of at least 3.5, as well as minimum of proficient score on TEAS entrance exam (if required).

Hunter Ryan Memorial Scholarship

Hunter Ryan, born at 34 weeks and 6 days, entered this world on January 28, 2018 without a heartbeat. He was revived by a NICU nurse 12 minutes after his delivery and fought hard against his very rare diagnoses of hydrops. Hunter lived in the NICU for 10 days, and during that timeframe manuy nurses were able to learn a lot about hydrops from him. Although Hunter's life on Earth has ended, his strength and legacy will live on and continue to educate future generations of nurses! The Hunter Ryan Memorial Scholarship was established in 2021 by his family, who have found comfort in the following scripture: "Let the little children come to me because the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." - Luke 18:16
Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Must be enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • Must be at least a second year student
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Must be registered to take summer classes
  • Must be interested in pursing a career in at least one of the following areas: NICU, Labor & Delivery, OBGYN, or Pediatrics

James and JoAnn Vorst Nursing Scholarship

The James and JoAnn Vorst Scholarship was established by the couple to support the men and women who are dedicated to the healthcare profession. The Vorsts believe that nurses are an integral part of human society. With this scholarship, the couple support individuals whose careers are dedicated to meeting holistic needs of those they serve.

Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Applicant must be either a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Must be admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • Minimum high school cumulative GPA of 2.75 on 4.0 scale
  • Current high school senior to be awarded their freshman year at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • Special consideration will be given to a second or third year student who is in good standing
  • Additional consideration will be given to a student who has shown success in spite of difficult family situations such as a family member with a serious illness, long-term unemployment of a parent, or other such hardships.

Juanita Burnett Marchand Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Juanita Burnett Marchand was born in 1927 in Indianapolis, Ind. and from a very young age she knew that taking care of others would be at the root of her career. In December of 1941, while sitting in a freshman study hall, Juanita very much remembered the loud speaker at her school crackling with the message: “This is your President.” The President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was announcing that the United States was at war. In the stunned stillness of the room, a black and white picture came into Juanita’s head of a young dark-haired woman dressed in white, weaving her way through men on a battlefield. She knew at that moment that her desire was to become a nurse. In the late summer of 1945, she began a three-year nursing program in Indianapolis. She held various nursing positions in her lifetime: on medical and surgical floors, in doctor’s offices, in nurseries and in nursing homes. 
To those who receive this scholarship: “I hope you may find satisfaction – even soul satisfaction – in this Healing Modality – always remembering that those we are, and those we serve, are more than bodies. My very best to you, I am thankful I could help with your education. Hang in there, I’m pulling for you,” – Juanita Burnett Marchand, 2015.
Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale

The Marcia Lynn Wykoff Nursing Scholarship

The Marcia Lynn Wykoff Nursing Scholarship was established by her family to commemorate her life as a compassionate nurse, wife, mother, grandmother, family member and friend. Marcia dedicated her life to caring for children. She served 34 years at Lafayette’s Home Hospital and retired as the nursing director of the pediatric unit where she provided loving care to thousands of children throughout her career. In addition to being a nurse, She also volunteered in her community by serving as a mentor to various at-risk youth through Big Brother Big Sister of Greater Lafayette and prepared meals for prisoners through the Kairos Prison Ministry program.

Known for her love for Jesus, Marcia will always be remembered as a very caring and giving person spreading unconditional love to everyone she knew. Marcia Lynn Wykoff entered heaven on August 26, 2020 and will be spending eternity laughing and dancing with Jesus.

Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Must be enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Be a single parent
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

Captain Sally Watlington, USN (Ret.) Nursing Scholarship

The Captain Sally Watlington, USN (Ret.) St. Elizabeth School of Nursing Endowed Scholarship was established by Captain Watlington. She is a volunteer with Franciscan Health Western Indiana, having served as Board Chair from 2014 through 2017, as well as Chair of the Mission/HR and Medical Staff Affairs/Quality Improvement committees and has been a member of the hospital board since 2008.
Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Applicant must be either a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Must be admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • Minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • High school graduate
  • Additional consideration will be given to a student who has shown success in spite of difficult family situations, such as a family member with a serious illness, long-term unemployment of a parent or other such hardships.

Stuart Nursing Scholarship

Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Must be an new, incoming student to St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • Must have a high school GPA of 3.2 or above

William and Martha Fancher Nursing Scholarship

The William and Martha Fancher Nursing Scholarship was established by Mrs. Fancher in 2011 to help deserving students achieve their dream of becoming a nurse by offsetting the cost of tuition at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing. Mrs. Fancher is an alumnus of the St. Anthony Hospital’s School of Nursing in Terre Haute, Indiana, and worked for a family doctor in Lafayette for many years.
Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Must be currently enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing and beginning Level Two, or higher
  • Have demonstrated financial need
  • Not only a decent student in the classroom, but has a heart for service and compassion for others

Betty Jean Lowery Endowed Nursing Scholarship

Betty Jean Lowery was born in 1938 in a farm house near New Ross, Ind. She had to overcome many obstacles throughout her life. She knew at the age of 16 that she needed to do something to better her future. She was a dedicated high school student graduating valedictorian of her class, and had secretly applied for various nursing scholarships to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. Betty was awarded those scholarships and began her nursing training at the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in August 1956. She graduated in 1959. She went on to receive her BSN in 1963 and work in various hospitals throughout Indiana. Betty stated that the main reason she wanted to establish a scholarship was to help more individuals achieve their dream of becoming a nurse. Scholarships had helped her, and she wanted to pay it forwards. “My career would not have happened without those scholarships,” said Betty. “I have been victorious in my life. I am a Christian. My faith has sustained me. Any negativity I may have had I now know it too shall pass. Thank you, Father God and Lord Jesus, for showing me how to have compassion, love and to take care of others. I have been blessed.”

Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and reside in the State of Indiana
  • Must be admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Applicant must be at least a second-year student
  • Must demonstrate compassionate concern for the betterment of their patients

Brenda E. Murray Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Brenda E. Murray Memorial Scholarship was established in 2019 by Brenda’s family to honor her memory. Brenda was a dedicated nurse, wife, sister, mother, family member and friend. After graduating from the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in 1989, she began her nursing career in the emergency department at Home Hospital and then went on to have a successful 29-year long career as a nurse at the Roudebush VA Medical Center. Brenda’s life may have been shortened due to a battle with cancer, but her legacy and devotion to others continues to shine with each new day.
Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Must be admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • From a rural community
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Special consideration will go to applicants who are single parents and/or were able to overcome an adverse situation

Franciscan Health Auxiliary Lafayette Scholarship

In 1968, the Franciscan Health Auxiliary Lafayette established a scholarship for St. Elizabeth School of Nursing students. The funds for the scholarship came from the Washburn Health Careers Fund, which was established in honor of Mary B. Washburn, a long-time volunteer of the Auxiliary, as well as other sources and activities.
Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Must be an enrolled student at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing and within one calendar year of graduation
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 Scale
  • Demonstrate financial need

Holderly Nursing Scholarship

Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Must be a new or returning student to St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • Have a high school or collegiate GPA of 3.2 or above

The Jacqueline Bahler BSN, RN Endowed Scholarship

The Jacqueline Bahler BSN, RN St. Elizabeth School of Nursing Endowed Scholarship was established through a contribution by Jackie Bahler. This scholarship recognizes Jackie’s 50 years of dedicated nursing service, and her desire to provide a nursing education to deserving individuals.

Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Applicant must be either a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Must be admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • Minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale
  • Additional consideration will be given to a student who has shown leadership qualities and/or success in spite of a difficult family situations such as a family member with a serious illness, long-term unemployment of a parent, or other such hardship

The Janet Thompson Memorial Scholarship

The Janet Thompson Memorial Scholarship was established in 2020 by her daughter, Jeanine Marek, and granddaughter, Lyndsey Brooks, as a tribute to her endless support and devotion she had shown her family, community and country throughout her lifetime. After graduating from a small Connecticut high school, Janet joined the marine core where she met her husband, David Thompson. The couple chose to settle and start their family in the small town of Ober, Indiana. Janet’s passion to serve did not end with the marine core. She went on to serve Starke County as an elected county assessor and trustee for several terms. In addition to politics, Janet had a passion for art. She loved painting and enjoyed teaching others to paint. Although Janet was never a nurse herself, her continual support of her children and grandchildren allowed for two nurses to emerge in her family. Her compassion to care for others was visible to all who knew her, and before her death, she was the main caregiver for her husband who suffered from dementia. Janet will always be remembered for her service to others and her enthusiasm for her Polish heritage.

Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Be either a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Be enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • Be a non-traditional student
  • Be seeking a nursing degree as a secondary degree
  • Have a financial need

Mabel M. Knight Nursing Scholarship

Mabel M. Knight was born in Attica, IN in February 1916 and remained a lifelong resident of the area. During her life, Mabel held many positions; she worked as a secretary for the Lux Agency for over 50 years, before retiring in 1987 and she worked part-time as a closing agent for Prairie Homes. She was also a member of the Women of the Moose, served as president of the Women’s Carpenter Auxiliary, was a charter member of the American Motorcycle Association, a member of the Long Center Theatre Organ Society and served as volunteer with the Franciscan Health Lafayette Auxiliary.
Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Applicant must be either a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Must be admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • Minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Nola J. Gentry Nursing Scholarship

The Nola J. Gentry St. Elizabeth School of Nursing Endowed Scholarship was established by Ned Derhammer in memory and honor of his wife, Nola Gentry.
Nola was a true leader in the Greater Lafayette community. She not only served as a Tippecanoe County Commissioner from 1990-1996, but she was a frontrunner in her church and in Indiana agriculture, having been the president of Gentry Farms since 1981. Nola Gentry will always be remembered as a leader who was fun to be around, had an ever-present smile, a positive attitude, a willingness to help and volunteer and the wonderful food she would bring into every carry-in.
Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Applicant must be either a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Must be admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Additional consideration will be given to a student who has shown success in spite of difficult family situations, such as a family member with a serious illness, long-term unemployment of a parent or other such hardships.

St. Clare Medical Center Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship

The St. Clare Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship was established through funds raised by the Auxiliary in recognition of more than 50 years of dedicated service given by volunteers supporting quality patient care in Montgomery County at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville.
Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Applicant must be either a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States in Montgomery county, Indiana.
  • Must be admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing with a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Current high school graduate with award being awarded during their Level One year at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • Additional consideration will be given to a student who has shown leadership qualities and/or success in spite of difficult family situations, such as a family member with a serious illness, long-term unemployment of a parent or other such hardships.

Susan Oesterling Whitaker Nursing Scholarship

The Susan Oesterling Whitaker Nursing Scholarship is named in honor of Mrs. Oesterling Whitaker and was established by her family in honor of her memory. Susan was an alumnus of St. Elizabeth School of Nursing class of 1989 and worked as a registered nurse at St. Elizabeth Regional Health for more than 20 years following graduation. She lived a wonderful life that was tragically shortened after a battle with cancer at the age of 42. She touched many lives including her family, friends and patients.
Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Must be currently enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing and beginning Level Two, or higher
  • Have demonstrated financial need
  • Not only a decent student in the classroom, but has a heart for service and compassion for others

Wilson Family Nursing Scholarship

The Wilson Family Nursing Scholarship was established by Terry and Annette Wilson to encourage and support students enrolled at the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing.
Minimum Criteria for Consideration:

  • Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Must be admitted and enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Additional consideration will be given to a student who has shown success despite a difficult family situation or hardship