This scholarship is available to any member or associate member of the Alumni Association of The Reading Hospital School of Nursing who is pursuing an advanced degree in nursing. Applicants must be enrolled in an NLN (National League for Nursing) and/or CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) approved program and must be in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, or Doctoral degree in nursing.

Recipients can receive up to two awards from this fund. The two awards must be for different degrees — either a BS degree, an MS degree, or a Doctoral degree in nursing. Awards may be used for tuition or to purchase books, uniforms, travel expenses, or testing fees. If the recipient elects to use the award to purchase books, uniforms, travel expenses, or testing fees and the check cannot be made payable to the school to cover these items, then the award may be paid to the recipient if the recipient submits receipts to Berks County Community Foundation showing the expenditures. However, if the student elects for the award to be paid as a personal reimbursement for these items, then the award will be treated as ordinary income and the recipient will receive an IRS Form 1099 for the amount of the award. If the award is paid to the school for tuition or to cover purchases, an IRS Form 1099 will not be generated.

Selection will be based on: Financial need and responsibilities; Professional nursing career goals; Involvement in professional organizations; Demonstration of leadership qualities; Individual written responses to the professional-related questions on the application.

The scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Alumni Association annual dinner usually held in June. The scholarship recipient(s) are encouraged to be present at this event to accept the award. Recipients may be invited, in the future, to participate as a member of an Alumni Association Standing Committee or Board of Directors.

To be considered for this scholarship, apply between January 1st and March 15th. All applicants will be notified in May.

To apply, click on “Apply for a Scholarship” under the “Scholarships + Grants” section of the website menu.