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Don't let finances deter you from meeting your goals. Numerous scholarships in varying amounts are awarded to nursing students annually. Through the State of Maryland's Non-Resident Tuition Reduction for Nursing Students, for example, out-of-state students pursuing a nursing degree can pay in-state tuition at SU simply by agreeing to practice nursing in Maryland.  The eligibility requirements for this tuition reduction are:

  • You must be a resident of a state other than Maryland
  • You must enroll each semester as a degree seeking full-time (12+ credits per semester) or part-time (6 - 11 credits per semester) undergraduate.  Audited courses cannot be used to reach the minimum credit hours required for full-time or part-time status.
  • You must be accepted into and remain enrolled in a nursing program leading to a degree in nursing at Maryland community college or four-year institution.  This tuition reduction is only available to juniors and seniors after they have been admitted into the nursing program.  Pre-nursing students are not eligible.  For more information: Maryland Higher Education Commission

There are numerous other scholarships awarded by the Department of Nursing each spring for which current students in the upper division course work and incoming juniors accepted to begin the upper division courses may apply for consideration. There are also scholarships available to incoming freshmen nursing majors awarded by Committee selection only, as well as, opportunities outside the Department to which students currently enrolled in the nursing major may apply.

Recent recipients of the Robert Wood Johnson New Careers in Nursing Scholarship gathered for a photograph before returning to class. Salisbury University is one of 52 schools nationwide to receive this scholarship grant. As a three-time award recipient, SU uses these scholarships to increase diversity in its Second Degree BS program. The RWJF New Careers in Nursing program was developed to promote academic success, mentorship and leadership development in groups under-represented in nursing and those with economic disadvantage. For more information, visit

Recent recipients of the Robert Wood Johnson New Careers in Nursing Scholarship

Following are summary listings and links to various lists of scholarships available through the Department, as well as, other opportunities available. Please read each section carefully with regards to eligibility requirements, application procedures and deadlines. These are updated yearly.

Departmental Scholarships

For the following scholarships awarded by the Nursing Department, a scholarship information packet is mailed to all eligible nursing majors early in the spring semester. The packet contains one application form and a description of the various Departmental scholarships and materials required for submission. Each scholarship requires a separate application form and letter(s) of recommendation, along with any required essays, etc. It is the student’s responsibility to submit these materials to the Department/ Scholarship Coordinator by the deadline, usually in early-mid March for scholarship monies applied to the subsequent academic year. Applications are reviewed by the appropriate selection committee with letters mailed to the winners by mid-end April.

  • Application Form (pdf) - for Undergraduate and Graduate Departmental Scholarships

Avery W. Hall Scholarship - $500/year for the upcoming academic year awarded to a full-time incoming 1st degree junior or senior nursing major, current 2nd degree student or R.N. student with a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.5/4.0.

Garland D. and Vivian J. Bull Scholarship - $200/year for the upcoming academic year awarded to an incoming full-time 1st degree junior or senior nursing major, current 2nd degree student or RN student with a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0/4.0 and demonstrated financial need.

Marilyn Seidel Nursing Scholarship - $750/year for the upcoming academic year awarded to a full-time incoming 1st degree junior or senior student current 2nd degree student or RN student with a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0/4.0.

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Undergraduate Scholarship - This one-time award of $250 is awarded to a qualified current 1st degree or 2nd degree nursing major. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or greater, rank in the upper 35% of class, and have completed ½ of the recognized nursing components of either the 1st degree or second degree track to be eligible for consideration.

Gaspar & Rose T. DiGiovanna Memorial Geriatric Nursing Scholarship- $500/year for the upcoming academic year is awarded to a full-time current 1st degree junior nursing major who has demonstrated a sincere interest in caring for older adult population.

Virginia Mills Edwards Scholarship- $1000/year for the upcoming academic year is awarded to a full-time incoming 1st degree junior or senior nursing major, current 2nd degree, or RN student. Priority is given to applicants who are permanent residents of Dorchester County, followed by those from Somerset County, Wicomico, then LPNs or medical technicians desiring to become a registered nurse. While included in the spring scholarship mailing to eligible students, this scholarship is selected by a committee outside the Department.

Lois Brunkhorst Nursing Scholarship - $500/year for the upcoming academic year is awarded to a junior level nursing major who is academically gifted and demonstrates an outstanding potential for a career in nursing. Minimum qualifications are junior standing, a permanent resident of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, a minimum college GPA of 3.0, financial need as verified by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, a completed application form, and two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a nursing faculty member.

Departmental Scholarships Exempt from the Application Process

For the following scholarships, there is NO application process required of the student. The Department’s Scholarship Committee reviews eligible candidates and notifies recipients accordingly.

Smith Scholarship - Up to $2,500/year is awarded to a full-time incoming freshman nursing major with a minimum high school GPA of 3.25/4.0 and combined SATs of 1000 higher. All freshmen meeting the minimum GPA and combined SAT requirements are considered for this scholarship. The winner is notified in writing in the spring semester prior to entering SU as a full-time freshman nursing major.

Margaret Johnson Elmore Scholarship - Up to $2,000/year for up to four years is awarded to an incoming freshman nursing major who is a resident of Accomack or Northampton counties of Virginia with a high school GPA of 3.0/4.0 and SAT scores of 900 or greater. All incoming freshmen meeting the residency, minimum GPA and SAT requirements are automatically considered for this scholarship.

Second priority is given to incoming freshmen who are residents of Somerset or Wicomico counties.

Fondes Scholar Award – A one-time award of $250 is presented to a full-time incoming junior 1st degree nursing major with a minimum college GPA of 3.5/4.0.

Non-Departmental (Outside) Scholarships

The following are scholarships from organizations OUTSIDE the University or Department. Please read them carefully as they list the contact person and the mailing address to which to send the application materials.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center Junior Auxiliary Board Scholarship

Purpose: To provide financial assistance to deserving students from the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland and Sussex County, Delaware who are training in the fields of nursing (RN & LPN), radiology technology, and respiratory therapy.

Minimum Applicant Qualifications:

  1. Must be a resident of Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, or Dorchester counties in Maryland or Sussex county in Delaware
  2. Must be accepted into an accredited nursing program (R.N. or L.P.N.) or allied health field (radiological technology or respiratory therapy)
  3. Verified financial need
  4. Letter of application to the Junior Board Scholarship Committee
  5. One letter of recommendation from an instructor in the field of study
    Mail to:
    Peninsula Regional Medical Center
    Attn: Faye Holloway
    Junior Auxiliary Board
    100 E. Carroll Street
    Salisbury, MD 21801

Scholarship Amount: $1,000 each, six awards available; can be used for tuition, uniforms, books, liability insurance, etc.

*Must agree to work for at least six (6) months at Peninsula Regional Medical Center upon graduation

Deadline for Application: March 15th of each calendar year

Peninsula Regional Medical Center Nursing Scholarship Program

To qualify as a candidate for financial assistance, the student must:

  1. Be either a junior or senior-level nursing student at Salisbury University, pursuing initial RN licensure
  2. Apply in writing for the funds and provide:
    1. PRMC Application form and Program Acceptance Letter from SU
    2. Three letters of reference from educators, community members, etc. These letters must come directly to PRMC from the originator.
    3. Official transcripts from high school and any post-secondary schools attended
    4. An essay entitled, “Why I Chose Nursing as a Profession”
      Mail to:
      Peninsula Regional Medical Center
      Education Dept.
      100 E. Carroll Street
      Salisbury, MD 21801
  3. Complete an interview by PRMC representative(s).
  4. Must agree to work full-time at PRMC for a predetermined amount of time based on financial assistance. Payback time to be stipulated in contract.

    Maximum amount of $5,000 is awarded per student to complete the program; to be used for tuition, fees, books, and uniforms. It can be paid directly to the school, bookstore, or uniform stores as needed.

*Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to continue to receive financial support. Students who drop out of the program will be required to repay sums advanced. Students who complete the program and elect to work at another facility before satisfying their commitment to PRMC will be expected to repay the scholarship fund.

For more information, contact the Director of Education at PRMC @ 410-543-7130.

Maryland State Nursing Scholarship

Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale while enrolled as a nursing major, reside in the state of Maryland, attend a Maryland college or university, and be enrolled for at least six hours to qualify for part-time. Awards are for cost of tuition and fees up to $3,000 per academic year for full- or part-time study. Each award is renewable on an annual basis as long as student maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0, satisfactory academic progress in the major, and remains eligible for financial aid.

Recipients must agree to serve one year on a full-time basis in a Maryland-based facility for every year or portion therein for which they receive assistance.

For more information and applicable deadlines, contact:

The Maryland Higher Education Commission
Office of Student Financial Assistance
839 Bestgate Road, Suite 400
Annapolis, MD 21401-3013

410 260-4565
800 974-1024
TTY 800 735-2258

Web site:


Maryland State Nursing Scholarship Living Expenses Grant

These monies are associated with the Maryland State Nursing Scholarship. To be eligible for the Living Expenses Grant in the subsequent academic year, the FAFSA form must be filed by a specified deadline. For more information on the requirements and deadline...

contact the Maryland Higher Education Commission as noted above.

More Information

For more detailed information regarding financial aid visit the SU Financial Aid site:

OR you may contact a representative of the Financial Aid Office at 410-543-6165.

For more information regarding Department-based scholarships, please contact Edith Hooke @ 410-543-6401or

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