Scholarships

Maria offers various scholarships based on financial need and/or academic achievement. To apply for any of these scholarships, please complete the scholarship application by June 1 (Please note that the review and initial awarding of scholarships will begin on May 1). You will be required to complete your FAFSA for the 2018-2019 academic year. 

*Priority for scholarships is given to full-time students.

  • Allied Health Scholarship

    Awarded annually to students who are employed in the health care field, and who wish to pursue an associate degree in the health care field. Priority is given to full-time students. Criteria: Students must be employed in the healthcare field and be pursing a degree in Healthcare. Priority given to full-time students.

  • Bishop Hubbard Service Scholarship

    The Maria College Bishop Hubbard Service Scholarship Award recognizes and rewards a Diocese of Albany Catholic School graduate, who has been accepted into a Maria College four year degree program. This student demonstrates a passion for helping others, while maintaining a high level of academic achievement.

    In order to be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant must meet these criteria and provide the following documentation by March 15:

    Scholarship Eligibility

    • Be an incoming Maria freshman student from an enrolled Diocese of Albany Catholic secondary school in good standing (GPA of B+ or greater in the past two years).
    • Declare a major in a four year degree program.
    • Demonstrated service to others through charitable organization experiences and recommendations.
    • Maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA at Maria College. Note: GPAs will be checked at the end of each spring term to determine continued eligibility for the financial award.

    Scholarship Value: $1,000/year
    Award Available: One student/school
    Award Deadline: March 15

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  • Caron Family Scholarship

    Established by the late Reverend Francis X. Caron, and awarded annually to entering freshmen. Preference given to students whose major field of study is liberal arts. Caron scholarships may be renewed. Criteria: Awarded annually to entering freshmen. Preference given to students whose major field of study is liberal arts.

  • Guido Scholarship*

    Honoring Kathleen Sheehan Guido, and 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 a health major field of study. Preference is given to full-time students.

  • Holly 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.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.

  • Mary K. Knapek Scholarship*

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

  • Sisters of Mercy Northeast Ministry Fund

    The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Northeast Ministry Fund is committed to helping students with their higher education dreams. Please complete the application below, sign and submit with a personal statement of financial need and reasons why you should be considered for this scholarship. The Scholarship Committee may also request additional information to determine your eligibility and invite you to interview with them.

    The deadline for applying is July 31.

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  • Jean A. Schmitz Scholarship*

    Awarded annually to nursing students, with priority given to those who attend full-time.

  • Julia O. Wells Scholarship

    Awarded annually to students enrolled in the nursing program. Priority given to graduates of the Memorial School of Nursing.

  • 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.

  • 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 meet the established criteria and who share Andrea’s qualities of dedication to the profession and compassion for others. 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 Gail J. Blacklock Scholarship

    Established by 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 student who meets the established criteria. 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.

  • The Robin L. Burkhardt ’06 Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship was created by Donald W. and Teresa L. Hewett in loving memory of Robin L. Burkhardt ’06. 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. Additional Criteria: 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.

  • The Sister Laureen A. Fitzgerald, RSM Presidential Scholarship*

    Established to honor Sister Laureen Fitzgerald’s (’61) 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.

  • 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. Additional Criteria: Must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or have special circumstances as determined by the department chair.

  • Thorne Nursing Scholarship*

    Awarded to a student enrolled in the nursing program. Priority for scholarships is given to full-time students.