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Mary Marshall Nursing Scholarship Program for Licensed Practical Nurses

Eligibility | Conditions of Scholarships | Penalty | Number of Applications Per Student
Scholarship Amount | How to Apply | Application Deadline | Legislative Authority


To be considered for a Mary Marshall Nursing Scholarship, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. Residency in Virginia for at least one year;
  2. Acceptance or enrollment as a full-time or part-time student in a practical school of nursing in the state of Virginia; and
  3. Have submitted a completed application form and a recommendation from the Program Director regarding
    scholastic attainment and financial need prior to June 30.

Failure to comply with any of the above will cause the applicant to be ineligible for a Mary Marshall Nursing Scholarship. Applicants will be evaluated and ranked by the scholarship committee and the most qualified applicants will be awarded the scholarships.

Conditions of Scholarships

It is important that all applicants fully understand the conditions of accepting a Mary Marshall Nursing Scholarship. These awards are not gifts. Scholarship recipients must agree to engage in full-time nursing in Virginia for one month for every $100 received. Therefore, if a student received $1,200 in scholarship awards, he/she must repay that amount by working continuously in Virginia for 12 months. The award recipient has 60 days from the date of graduation to obtain his/her license. Full-time employment must begin within 90 days of the recipient's licensure date. Voluntary military service, even if stationed in Virginia, cannot be used to repay scholarship awards.


If, for any reason, a scholarship recipient fails to complete his studies or to engage in full-time nursing in Virginia, the full amount of money represented in the scholarship(s) received, plus an annual interest charge, as established by the Commonwealth of Virginia, must be repaid immediately.

Recipients must take the first scheduled licensing examination following graduation. If recipient does not pass, he/she must retake the next scheduled examination. If he/she does not pass the second examination, he/she must repay all scholarship money received, plus an annual interest charge, as stated above.

If a recipient leaves Virginia or ceases to engage in full-time practice as a licensed practical nurse before fulfillment of the scholarship obligation, the recipient must repay the balance on his/her account, plus an annual interest charge, as established by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Before any scholarship is awarded, the applicant must sign a written contract agreeing to these terms, as established by law and the Board of Health.

Number of Applications Per Student

Scholarships are awarded for single academic years. However, a recipient may, after demonstrating satisfactory progress in his/her studies, apply for a scholarship award for a succeeding academic year. No student may receive a scholarship for more than a total of four years.

Scholarship Amount

The amount of each scholarship award is dependent upon the amount of funds appropriated by the Virginia General Assembly, the amount of money collected by the Board of Nursing, and the number of qualified applicants. All scholarships are awarded without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

How to Apply

Applications and guidelines are available online from May 1 to June 30 every year. Applications must be typed, printed and mailed (with orginal signatures) to the Office of Minority Health and Public Health Policy.

Virginia Department of Health
Office of Minority Health and Public Health Policy
ATTN: Nursing Scholarship
109 Governor St., Suite 1016 East
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Students pursuing a nursing degree not available in Virginia, are not eligible for the scholarship.

Application Deadline

Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30 for the academic year, beginning in the Fall of that calendar year. Applications and/or transcripts postmarked after the above date will not be considered for scholarship awards. Applications will not be accepted in The Office of Minority Health and Public Health Policy prior to May 1.

Legislative Authority

Sections 23-35.9-13 and 32.1-122.6-01 of the Code of Virginia authorize annual nursing scholarships for students enrolled in nursing education programs. The Board of Health is authorized to award available nursing scholarships from the Nursing Scholarship Fund established in 54.3011.2 pursuant to the procedures for the administration of the scholarships awarded.

Under the law, a Nursing Scholarship Advisory Committee appointed by the State Board of Health makes all scholarship awards. The Nursing Scholarship Advisory Committee consists of eight members or their designees: four deans or directors of nursing schools, two former scholarship recipients, and two members with experience in the administration of student financial aid programs. Committee appointments are for two years, and members may not serve more than two successive terms. In the Spring of 1992, another member was added to the committee to represent the Practical Nurse programs. Thus, the Nursing Scholarship Committee consists of nine member or their designees.

The Mary Marshall Nursing Scholarship awards are competitive; there are usually more applicants for scholarship awards than there are funds available. Awards are made upon such basis, competitive or otherwise, as determined by the Advisory Committee, with due regards for scholastic attainments, financial need, and adaptability of the applicant for the service contemplated in such award. No award shall be made if the applicant fails to possess the requisite qualifications.

Funds should be used only for payment of charges for tuition, fees, room, board, or other educational expenses, as prescribed by the Board of Health. Funds will be transmitted to the appropriate institution to credit the account of the recipient.

The Office of Minority Health and Public Health Policy serves as staff to the Nursing Scholarship Advisory Committee and plays no role in the determination of scholarship recipients.

Last Updated: 01-07-2014

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