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Michael D. McCurry Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

Mercy has created a scholarship program to assist full-time or regular part-time co-workers who are in good standing and have a minimum of three (3) years employment with Mercy. Applicants must be planning to enroll in full-time or part-time undergraduate study in direct patient healthcare or other science majors related to patient healthcare including, but not limited to, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Diagnostic, Surgical Technology, Radiology, Clinical Science, Anesthesia, Occupational Therapy, Cardiovascular.

This program is administered by Scholarship America┬«, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or disability.

Applicants of the Michael D. McCurry Scholarship Program must:

    • Be a full-time or regular part-time (domestic) employee at Mercy Health working at least 32 hours per pay period at one of the following locations:
      • West Locations:
        • Oklahoma- Ada, Ardmore, Guthrie, Healdton, Kingfisher, Marietta, Oklahoma City, Tishomingo, and Watonga
      • Central Locations:
        • Arkansas- Berryville, Fort Smith, and Rogers
        • Kansas-Columbus
        • Missouri- Aurora, Carthage, Cassville, Joplin, Lebanon, Mountain View, and Springfield.
      • East Locations:
        • Missouri- Crystal City, St. Louis, St. Louis (south), Troy/Lincoln, and
          Washington
        • Ministry- Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi
  • Be in good standing with no written counseling action documented to the HR file within the past 6 months as of the application deadline and at the time awards are disbursed
  • Have a minimum of three (3) years employment with Mercy as of the application deadline date and must be employed at the time of awards are disbursed
  • Plan to enroll full-time or part-time in a bachelor’s degree program in a health or science-related field at a four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year
  • Undergraduate study in direct patient healthcare or other science majors related to patient healthcare – sample majors: Nursing, Physical Therapy, Diagnostic, Surgical Technology, Radiology, Clinical Science, Anesthesia, Occupational Therapy, Cardiovascular

Courses should be taken outside the recipients’ scheduled work hours. For courses not meeting this requirement, the recipient should work with his/her leader to arrange a schedule to accommodate both work and school schedules, if approved by the leader. Courses taken should not adversely affect the co-worker’s productivity.

Further information regarding the Michael D. McCurry Scholarship Program can be found on the Mercy Guidelines.

Award information:

  • If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award up to $20,000 for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Up to 3 awards will be granted.
    • * Assuming there are qualified applicants, one (1) award will be granted in each of the three regions (West, Central and East)
  • Awards are not renewable. Applicants may re-apply each year assuming eligibility requirements have been met. Preference is not given to past recipients in the selection process.
  • Awards are for undergraduate study in a direct patient healthcare or other science majors related to healthcare only.
  • Only tuition, books, software and fees (e.g., parking, activity) associated with the pursuit of the degree are eligible expenses.
  • Housing, travel expenses, conferences/workshops/seminars or organizational memberships are not eligible under the award.

Notification

Applicants will be notified in May. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Mercy in two installments in early August and mid-December.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Personal character as demonstrated by participation in community activities
  • Work experience
  • Leadership qualities
  • Awards and honors
  • Goals and aspirations
  • Additional information essay
  • Two (2) online recommendations*

Financial need will not be considered.

Recipients will be determined by the selection committee at Mercy. The committee is comprised of leaders throughout the Mercy ministry.

*At least one (1) recommendation must be from a leader or mentor within Mercy. One (1) recommendation may also be from a non-relative within the community. Recommendations should address the applicant’s character, career goals, ability to set and achieve goals and why the applicant should receive the award.

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.

Two online recommendation forms must be submitted on your behalf no later than February 18, 2021 3:00 pm Central Time. At least one (1) recommendation must be from a leader or mentor within Mercy. One (1) recommendation may also be from a non-relative within the community.

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

Recipients will be sent a Quick Start Guide email to register for the WhichWay app with access to the following modules for a one-year cycle:

  • Understanding Basics of Budgeting
  • Achieving Goals
  • Creating and Maintaining a Budget
  • Paying for College
  • Understanding Credit
  • Obtaining Credit
  • Applying for Financial Aid
  • Managing Credit Cards
  • Managing Student Loans While in School
  • Managing Debt
  • Repaying Student Loans

Mercy has partnered with Scholarship America. Select the button below to be directed to the Scholarship America Student Hub!