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 enrolls 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. Through this Scholarship Program, the donors seek to help increase the number of African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and other underrepresented minorities in nursing professions.


  • 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
  • have unmet 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. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please answer all questions that apply to you, even if they are not marked “required.”

Application status will be changed from submitted to either offered or denied in June. Applicants can view their status by logging in to their Scholarship Central account.
Recipients will receive a letter about their award in August.

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 Ellen Vietor, 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. Are you pursuing or enrolling in a nursing program at an accredited, nonprofit school?
  2. To be considered for this scholarship, your Scholarship Central General Application MUST include your FALL transcript for the current academic year. The transcript should show your name, school, grades, and cumulative GPA. If you previously uploaded an earlier transcript, please upload a new transcript to your General Application and change your answer to the GPA question. If your college choice has changed, please update that on the General Application as well.
  3. List any extracurricular activities, work or volunteer involvement, including the activity, the time involved, dates of involvement, and position(s) held:
  4. 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.
  5. Upload your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) for next year.
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