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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 Mercy co-worker working at least 32 hours per pay period at one of the following communities:
    • West Community:
    • Central Community:
      Arkansas – Berryville, Fort Smith, Rogers
      Missouri – Springfield locations, Joplin
    • East Community:
      Missouri – St. Louis, Crystal City, Troy, Washington
      Outreach Ministries – Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas – Hot Springs

  • 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 2020-2021 school year.
  • Up to 3 awards will be granted.
  • 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.


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
  • 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.

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!