Renaissance Scholars Program

Renaissance means “a new beginning”. An education that leads to a worthy career—of serving others and becoming self-sufficient—is the best new beginning anyone can have.

The Renaissance Scholars Program began in 2004. The healthcare field was facing a shortage of nurses and other skilled professionals. At the same time, there were people on public assistance, with great potential to serve in these jobs, who needed a way to afford and obtain the required educational credentials. The Renaissance Corporation teamed up with Maria College and Albany County Department of Social Services to design a unique scholarship program to fulfill this need.

Our program at Maria College offers a support package for promising and determined students embarking on the journey toward these goals.The Renaissance Scholars Program provides financial assistance and personalized support for selected low-income residents of the Capital District pursuing college level education and training to become a nurse or other healthcare professional.