Scholarship Information

The UTHSC College of Nursing has student scholarships (listed below) that are available based on academic ability and/or financial need. Scholarships are awarded annually by the CON Awards and Honors Committee; externally funded scholarships are awarded according to grantee guidelines. Typically, scholarship recipients are notified by May 1st.

Academic ability is determined by GPA (minimum 3.0) and financial need is determined by data generated from the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FASFA). Subsequently, to be eligible for financial-based scholarships, students must complete a FASFA no later than May 15th for the current academic year. Information how to complete the FASFA can be found at How and when to apply for financial aid. Additional resources for graduate and post-graduate nursing student financial aid are found on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing website at Resources for Graduate and Post-Graduate Nursing Students. external link

The Absher Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Reba Goins Absher, a graduate of the Physician and Surgery Hospital Nursing School in Chattanooga. This fund provides financial aid to students preparing for a career in professional nursing or as an advanced practice nurse at the University of Tennessee.

The Marie E. Buckley Scholarship was established in 1997 by the UT Memphis Student Nurse Class of 1962 to honor Marie Buckley, a Goodman Professor and Assistant Dean for Students at UTHSC College of Nursing. This fund provides support for students demonstrating scholastic ability and dedication to nursing as a career and profession.

The Elizabeth Club Scholarship, established in 1968 by the Women’s Club of Memphis, provides scholarships for two or more students enrolled in the College of Nursing who demonstrate academic ability and financial need, with preference given to citizens of Tennessee.

The Andrew D. Holt Scholars Program memorializes UT’s former president Dr. Andy Holt for his efforts to build the University’s scholarship program during his 20-year association with the institution. The most prestigious scholarship awarded by the UT Alumni Association supports students with two or more years remaining in his/her curriculum and who have demonstrated academic merit and leadership skills. This two-year scholarship is awarded annually to one student in the amount of $2,500 per year for a total of $5,000.

The University of Tennessee Alumni Association (UTAA) Legacy Scholarship, created in 2013 by the UTAA, supports students whose parents or grandparents received a degree from the University of Tennessee. Matching funds from the UTHSC Chancellor allows each College to award a $1,000 Legacy Scholarship each year. The UTAA Legacy Scholarship for the College of Nursing is awarded annually to one first year legacy student with an admission GPA ≥ 3.0 OR 3.0 or greater.

The Dorothy McCarley Martin Scholarship was established by Mr. Dean Martin, of Franklin, TN, in memory of his wife Dorothy McCarley Martin, 1956 graduate of the UTHSC College of Nursing. This scholarship provides support for deserving nursing students based on academic and financial need, with preference to students in their last year of studies.

The Brenda Mills Scholarship was established in 2006 by faculty and friends in memory of Brenda Mills, educator at the College of Nursing and flight nurse in the U. S. Air Force Air National Guard. This scholarship provides support for students demonstrating scholastic ability and financial need, with preference given to the previous year’s recipient.

The Roane County Scholarship was established in 1959 by the Roane County Medical Society for the purpose of providing medical and nursing scholarships to residents of Roane & Anderson counties based on financial need and scholastic merit.

The Chaundra Sanders Nursing Scholarship was established by Dean Jacob in 2012 to honor Chaundra Sanders, an outstanding student enrolled in UTHSCs first Master’s Entry Clinical Nurse Leader class. This scholarship was funded in part by students, faculty, and friends, and the UTHSC College of Nursing Practice enterprise to support students demonstrating academic scholastic ability and financial need.

The Ruby L. Stephenson Scholarship was established in 1955 to support students based scholastic ability and dedication to nursing as a career and profession.

The Jim Stockdale Scholarship, established in 2011, provides support for students demonstrating academic scholastic ability and financial need, with preference given to the previous year’s recipient. This endowment, started by players and friends, honors 36 years of volunteer service by Coach Stockdale. Under his leadership, the UTHSC College of Nursing basketball team won 15 league championships and won the Cotton States Invitational Nurses Tournament a record 8 times.

The Esther Jean Trentham Scholarship supports nursing students in good academic standing with financial need.

The Grace Spice Wallace Scholarship was established in 1996 by friends, students, and colleagues. Ms. Wallace served as the Assistant Director of Nursing Education and Assistant to the Dean and Associate Professor and Coordinator of Basic Sciences in the UT School of Nursing from 1949-1976. This scholarship provides support for students based on scholastic ability and dedication to nursing as a career and profession.

The Frances Wright Washburn Scholarship, established in 1961 by her sister, Mrs. Vivian Chaffin, supports nursing students in good academic standing with financial need.

The Virginia C. Wilson Scholarship provides support for nursing education. Mrs. Wilson was a 1954 graduate of the University of Tennessee, College of Nursing. Her husband, Dr. Creighton Wilson, graduate of the UTHSC College of Medicine, established this endowment in her honor, knowing that she would be proud to assist future nursing students in their education. This scholarship provides support for students demonstrating academic scholastic ability and financial need, with preference given to previous year’s recipient.

The Faculty Minority Scholarship was established by faculty of the UTSHC College of Nursing in 1988. This scholarship provides support for minority students demonstrating scholastic ability, financial need, and dedication to the health sciences as a career and profession.

The Chancellor’s Diversity Scholarship provides support for ethnically diverse students demonstrating academic ability and financial need, with preference given to residents of Tennessee.

The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, established by the Veterans Healthcare, provides support for U. S. veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. This scholarship supports doctoral education for students who will be involved in all levels of veterans’ healthcare, from administration and policy to direct patient care. A grant of $20,000 was awarded to the College of Nursing to support two (2) students in the DNP program for the 2012-14 academic years.

The HRSA Workforce Diversity Scholarship, funded by the Health Resources and Service Administration, provides support for first year MSN CNL students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented among registered nurses. Ten (10) student scholarships at $4,000 each were awarded to the College of Nursing for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The Alumni Award is presented by the Alumni Association of the UTHSC College of Nursing to one (1) MSN student and one (1) DNP student who have displayed genuine enthusiasm for learning and nursing in addition to superior skill in providing patient care, and an outstanding ability to interact with peers, patients, and staff. Recipients are recognized during graduation convocation and receive a plaque and seal which is affixed to their diploma.

Information about other national and regional nursing scholarships can be found at http://www.uthsc.edu/finaid/Nursing.php.


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Jamie Overton, M.A.Ed.
Director of Student Affairs
920 Madison, #1021
Memphis, TN 38163
901-448-6139
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Shawn Boyd
Coordinator
920 Madison, #1033
Memphis, TN 38163
901-448-6141
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Roylynn Germain
Student Affairs - Admin Coordinator
920 Madison, #1020
Memphis, TN 38163
901-448-6125
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