Nurses for Ferguson Scholarship

The Nurses for Ferguson Scholarship encourages first-generation, low income minority students to enter nursing. One $5,000 award will be made to a student who will enroll in a nursing program, and demonstrates financial need at the nonprofit college or nursing school where the recipient will attend. Preference will be given to students currently underrepresented in the nursing field. Recipients may apply for renewal of the Nursing for Ferguson Scholarship for up to three additional years of undergraduate funding if they remain enrolled in a nursing program, continue to demonstrate financial need and apply by the application deadline.


  • current high school student or recently graduated from high school or has received an equivalency diploma.
  • resident of the St. Louis metropolitan area
  • cumulative 2.8 grade point average (on a four point scale)
  • will enroll in a nursing program leading to an RN or BSN degree
  • financial need

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of

  • past academic performance and potential for continued success,
  • demonstration of unmet financial need at the undergraduate level
  • the strength of the essay and recommendations.

Selection of the recipients will be determined by the St. Louis Community Foundation from information provided by the applicant, the school, the applicant’s family and the post secondary institution. Scholarships will be used to meet unmet need or to reduce or replace loans or campus work.

Each applicant will be notified on line in Scholarship Central of his or her status in the competition by early June. Recipients will receive a letter about their award.

The Nurses for Ferguson Scholarship program is administered by the St. Louis Community Foundation. Eligibility, financial need, award recipients and award amount will be determined by the St. Louis Community Foundation.

Questions? Contact or Tameka Herrion, Scholarship Manager, at St. Louis Community Foundation at 314.880.4960.

This scholarship program, as a component fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national origin, gender, age, color, sexual orientation, veteran status, physical or mental disability.

Dr. Patricia Potter
$5,000, renewable
Supplemental Questions
  1. Provide your student identification number at the college you will attend.
  2. Are you pursuing or enrolling in a nursing program at an accredited, nonprofit school?
  3. List the email address you check most often.
  4. List any extracurricular activities, work or volunteer involvement, including the activity, the time involved, dates of involvement, and position(s) held:
  5. ESSAY: Write an essay in which you describe your educational plans related to your career goals, influences that led to your career choice, and any other information about yourself you think will help the selection committee better understand you as a person, student, and citizen.
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