Scholarships

Does Maria College offer scholarships?

Yes! Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Maria College offers select scholarship aid to students based on financial need or academic achievement. Scholarship award amounts are typically between $500 – $3,000. Some scholarships have been set up with a preference for students in a particular program. Please review the descriptions below for more information on the particular scholarships.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Students who are interested in applying for one of these scholarships are asked to fill out a scholarship application, and attach a personal statement with their application. Each year scholarship descriptions are updated online by mid-March. Applications need to be completed and sent to the Financial Aid office by June 15 to be considered the award cycle for the following fall. Students are informed of any scholarship awards in August.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, one completed scholarship application will serve as an application to all of the listed scholarships below. If you are interested in a particular scholarship, please use the personal statement to write about how you meet the stated preferences in the particular Scholarship description below. All applications are confidential.

  • Allied Health Scholarship

    The Allied Health Scholarship was established to assist students who are working in the healthcare field while pursuing an associate’s degree in a healthcare field.

    Criteria:

    • Student must be employed in the healthcare field.
    • Enrolled in a degree program in Healthcare.
    • Priority given to full-time students.
  • The Andrea Lewis Siek AAS Nursing Scholarship

    Established by Richard E. Siek in loving memory of his wife, Andrea Lewis Siek, a 1969 graduate of the St. Peter’s Hospital School of Nursing and an accomplished and caring nurse. This scholarship will provide financial assistance to students enrolled in the AAS nursing program who share Andrea’s qualities of dedication to the profession and compassion for others and meet the established criteria.

    Criteria:

    • Students must be enrolled in the AAS Nursing Program (RN).
    • Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75.
    • Preference will be given to students with an overall GPA of 3.3.
    • Students must demonstrate financial need.
    • Must be given to students who are not eligible for federal or state grants.
  • The Andrea Lewis Siek RN-BS Degree Completion Scholarship

    Established by Richard E. Siek in loving memory of his wife, Andrea Lewis Siek, a 1969 graduate of the St. Peter’s Hospital School of Nursing and an accomplished and caring nurse. This scholarship will provide financial assistance to students enrolled in the RN-BS Degree in Nursing Completion program who share Andrea’s qualities of dedication to the profession and compassion for others and meet the established criteria.

    Criteria:

    • Students must be enrolled in the RN-BS Degree in Nursing Completion program.
    • Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75.
    • Preference will be given to students with an overall GPA of 3.3.
    • Students must demonstrate financial need.
    • Must be given to students who are not eligible for federal or state grants.
  • Anne Marie Feuerriegel (AMF) Thorne, RN Scholarship Fund

    Established by Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Feuerriegel in memory of Anne Maria Feuerriegel Thorne, ’75, RN, this scholarship is to assist with tuition for a student enrolled in the nursing program. The award will be based on financial need and academic achievement, and may be renewed.

    Criteria:

    • Priority given to full-time students.
    • Award based on financial need and academic achievement.
  • Caron Family Scholarship

    Established by the late Reverend Francis X. Caron, and awarded annually to entering freshmen. Preference is given to students whose major field of study is liberal arts.

    Criteria:

    • Awarded annually to entering freshmen.
    • Preference given to students whose major field of study is liberal arts.
  • The Charles H. Nattell '73 Scholarship

    The Scholarship recognizes Charles Nattell, Class of 1973, whose generous bequest to Maria College provides financial support in perpetuity to students with financial need. Students of all majors with financial need are encouraged to apply.

    Criteria:

    • The scholarship(s) will be awarded to matriculated Maria College students with financial need.
  • G. Tec Medical Engineering

    This scholarship is awarded to students demonstrating both academic commitment and financial need. Scholarship shall be awarded as determined by the Office of Financial Aid at Maria College.

  • The Gail J. Blacklock Scholarship

    Established by Professor Scott Homer, in honor of his mother Gail J. Blacklock, who instilled in him the values of compassion, hard work and integrity. The scholarship will provide financial assistance to a non-traditional student who is in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Students must demonstrate a financial need and preference will be given to a student who is caring for a relative with a chronic illness or disability.

    Criteria:

    • Must be a non-traditional student.
    • Must be enrolled in the OTA program.
    • Must demonstrate financial need.
    • Preference will be given to a student caring for a relative with a chronic illness or disability.
  • Guido Scholarship

    Honoring Kathleen Sheehan Guido, this scholarship is awarded annually to students who have completed two semesters in an allied health major field of study. Guido scholarships may be renewed, and preference is given to full-time students.

    Criteria:

    • Awarded annually to students who have completed two semesters in an allied health major field of study.
    • Preference is given to full-time students.
  • The Holly Desmond West Scholarship

    The Holly Desmond West Scholarship, established in loving memory of a caring educator, will provide tuition assistance to a current student who meets the established criteria. Scholarship will be given to a returning non-traditional student with demonstrated financial need and a GPA of 2.8 or higher (if applicable). Preference given to a student interested or intent in Psychology.

    Criteria:

    • Demonstrated financial need.
    • GPA of 2.8 or higher (if applicable).
    • A returning non-traditional student.
    • Preference given to a student interested or intent in Psychology.
  • Jean A. Schmitz Scholarship

    Awarded annually to nursing students with a demonstrated need and a record of academic achievement, with priority given to those who are attend full-time.

    Criteria:

    • Nursing student.
    • Priority given to full-time students.
    • Awards will be based on financial need and academic achievement.
  • Julia O. Wells Scholarship

    The Julie O. Wells Scholarship is awarded annually to students enrolled in the RN-BS Degree in Nursing Completion program. Priority is given to graduates of the Memorial School of Nursing.

    Criteria:

    • Students must be enrolled in the nursing program.
    • Fifty percent of the total allotment to be awarded to Memorial Hospital School of Nursing Alumni.
  • KeyBank Scholarship

    This scholarship is awarded to students demonstrating both academic commitment and financial need.

    Criteria:

    • Permanent resident of NYS.
    • Minimum GPA of 2.5 – full or part-time – in good standing.
    • History of community involvement.
  • Laureen A. Fitzgerald '61, RSM, Presidential Scholarship

    Established to honor Sister Laureen Fitzgerald’s service as President of Maria College from 1977 through 2012. This scholarship is awarded (each fall) to a student demonstrating both academic commitment and financial need.

    Criteria:

    • The scholarship is awarded (each fall) to a student demonstrating both academic commitment and financial need.
  • Maria College Presidential Scholarship

    Presidential Scholarships are given each year to promising students in any major who demonstrate financial need. Two scholarships will be awarded to entering students enrolled in the Psychology program and who meet the criteria.

    Criteria:

    • Students should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to apply.
    • Students should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to apply.
  • Mary K. Knapek Scholarship

    Awarded annually to female students enrolled in the nursing program, with priority given to full-time students.

    Criteria:

    • Must be enrolled in the nursing program.
    • Priority given to full-time students.
  • The Maureen O'Brien and Paul F. Vogt Scholarship

    In recognition of the leadership and generosity of Maureen E. O’Brien and Paul F. Vogt, the scholarship has been established to provide financial support to students with unique educational needs. The scholarship is designed to assist students who have demonstrated perseverance and are committed to achieving personal academic and career goals despite the challenges of a learning difference.

    Criteria:

    • Awarded to matriculated Maria College students with documented learning differences and financial need.
  • The Michael Spector ’83 Memorial Scholarship

    Established by the family and friends of Michael Spector ’83 to honor his life and legacy, this fund will provide scholarship aid to male nursing students in the Associate Degree program.

    Criteria:

    • Priority given to male nursing students in the associate degree program.
    • Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75.
    • Preference will be given to students with an overall GPA of 3.3.
  • The Robin L. Burkhardt '06 Memorial Scholarship

    This endowed scholarship was created by Donald W. and Teresa L. Hewett in loving memory of Robin L. Burkhardt, Class of 2006, a Maria College graduate who was a compassionate, determined and highly regarded healthcare professional. The scholarship will provide financial assistance to non-traditional students who are either returning to further their nursing education after serving in the workforce or entering the nursing field for the first time after serving in another profession.

    Criteria:

    • Must be a non-traditional student returning to college after time away or new to the healthcare field after serving in another profession.
    • Must be enrolled in the nursing program.
    • Must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or have special circumstances as determined by the department chair.
  • Shapiro/Lynch Scholarship

    Established by Peter, Patricia ’66, Scott and Allyson Shapiro, this scholarship will be awarded to a student whose field of study is Allied Health.

    Criteria:

    • Student is enrolled in a healthcare program.
    • Priority given to full-time students.
  • The Theresa McDonald Scholarship Fund

    This endowed scholarship was created in loving memory of Theresa McDonald, a St. Peter’s nursing graduate and mother of eight children who worked nights to support her family. The scholarship will provide financial assistance to non-traditional students enrolled in the nursing program.

    Criteria:

    • Must be enrolled in the nursing program.
    • Must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or have special circumstances as determined by the department chair.