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Mary Free Bed Guild Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

Mary Free Bed Guild has established a scholarship program to assist high school seniors or graduates, or current college undergraduate or graduate level students, who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team and Mary Free Bed Guild’s selection committee.

Applicants to the Mary Free Bed Guild Scholarship Program must:

  • Meet one or both of the following criteria:
    o Have a diagnosed physical disability related to a brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, limb difference, or serious acquired or congenital neurological condition treatable through rehabilitation.*
    o Self-identify as Black or African American, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Be a permanent resident of the state of Michigan
  • Be interested in pursuing a career in health care and be committed to serving diverse populations
  • Be high school seniors or graduates, or current postsecondary undergraduate or graduate level students, who plan to enroll in part-time or full-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year

*Applicants with a diagnosed physical disability must submit a Diagnosis Verification Form, signed by a physician, as part of the application.


Awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 will be granted. Awards are not renewable; however, students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. A student may receive an award a maximum of four times.

Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study.


All applicants will be notified in early June.

Recipients will be invited to a reception in their honor on Tuesday, June 18 at 3:00 pm at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Mary Free Bed Guild. Payment is made in August.

Selection Criteria

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A personal statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • A video submission
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation

Personal Statement: Describe your career and educational goals and objectives and your commitment to serving diverse populations.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America and Mary Free Bed Guild. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course, and term in which each course was taken.
  • Diagnosis Verification Form, signed by a physician, if you have a diagnosed physical disability.

NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than April 30, 2024 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

Mary Free Bed Guild has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!

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