Scholarships

There are eleven scholarships available to students in the College of Nursing

Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors; RN-BS students; ABS Students; and graduate students are eligible for these scholarships. (Current seniors who will be graduating in May are not eligible, as you will not be in school next year.)

Scholarship awards are based on academic achievement and financial need.

To qualify, you must meet the criteria listed below for each scholarship. In addition, your GPA should be at least a 2.5 and you must apply via email to Alyssa Lynch (alynch4@umassdedu) by March 29,2018.

The Scholarship Committee may request recommendations from course/clinical faculty.

One letter will suffice for all scholarships, as the College of Nursing Scholarship Committee will meet and match scholarships with applicants. Recipients will be notified by mail and the scholarship will be applied directly to your academic bill.

To apply for a scholarship

Submit an application letter which should include:

  • Your name, address, student ID, telephone number and expected year of graduation.
  • A description of your nursing career goals.
  • A short, specific statement supporting your financial need for this scholarship.
  • Details of current employment, e.g., name of agency, number of hours/week.
  • A list of your community involvement, volunteerism and leadership activities.

Email your scholarship letter to alynch4@umassd.edu, please use the subject line Scholarship

Deadline for all eleven College of Nursing scholarships: March 29.




1. Marie M. Howard Scholarship: Awarded to a nursing student who will be a Junior, who demonstrates high academic and professional accomplishment and a commitment to professional nursing, as well as financial need. (Approximately $425.00)

2. Phyllis Porth Darrell Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to a nursing student who will be a Junior or Senior, who demonstrates high academic and professional accomplishment and a commitment to professional nursing, as well as financial need. (Approximately $500.00)

3. Jeanne Castonguay Violette Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to a nursing student who will be a Senior, leading to the Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. (Approximately $500.00)

4. Rose Castonguay Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to a nursing student who will be a Senior, who demonstrates high academic and professional accomplishment and a commitment to professional nursing, as well as financial need. (Approximately $800.00)

5. Bristol South County Medical Auxiliary Scholarship: Awarded to an upcoming senior nursing student who is interested in developing a career in nursing, and is a permanent resident of Bristol County. (Approximately $625.00)

6. Grace R. and Henry C. Lincoln, MD Scholarship: Awarded to a full-time matriculated nursing student, and is based on academic merit, as well as financial need. (Approximately $400.00)

7. Arlene M. Oliveira Scholarship Fund: Awarded to a nursing student who will be a Junior, Senior or student in the Graduate program, who is employed by St Anne’s Hospital, Fall River, MA. (Approximately $600.00)

8. Truesdale Hospital Nurses Alumnae Association Scholarship Fund: Awarded to a nursing student in the Graduate program who demonstrates financial need and academic merit. (Approximately $900.00)

9. Professor Jacqueline Bazinet Cobert Memorial Scholarship Fund: Awarded to a full-time, matriculated graduate or undergraduate student in the College of Nursing. Award decisions shall be based on academic merit as determined by the appropriate university scholarship committee(s). (Approximately $400.00) 

10. Lepreau and Welch Scholarship: Awarded to a full-time matriculated undergraduate student in the College of Nursing. Award decisions shall be based on financial need, academic merit as determined by the appropriate university scholarship committee(s). Preference will be given to students living in the Fall River and Westport areas. (Approximately $1,200.00

11. Eleanora S. Fontaine: Awarded to a sophomore nursing student enrolled in the College of Nursing with demonstrated financial need and a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Preference is for a female student from the Greater New Bedford area. (Approximately $500.00).