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The program is currently closed. Please check back in December for program information for the 2024 academic year. Please return then to view the updated Eligibility and Awards for the upcoming academic year!

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The Charles E. Thoele Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

Mercy has established a scholarship program to assist children of employees who plan to continue their education in college, university, nursing school, or vocational-technical school.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships 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.

Applicants to The Charles E. Thoele Scholarship Program must be:

  • Dependent* children, up to the age of 23, of active full-time or regular part-time Mercy employees (“co-workers”). The co-workers must have a minimum of one year of service with the Sponsor as of the application deadline date and must be employed at the time the award is granted. If the Sponsor co-worker (parent/guardian) terminates employment for any reason, the student will not be eligible for continuation of the scholarship award in the following semester.
    *Dependent children are defined as natural born, adopted, stepchildren, or fully dependent wards.

Applicants that are dependent children of co-workers must be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll, or students who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, nursing school or vocational-technical school.


  • Graduating high school seniors from Mount St. Mary High School in Oklahoma City or Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, nursing school or vocational-technical school.


The authorized distribution for new awards is $40,000. Awards of $1,000 each will be granted. Two awards will be given to students from each of the two Mount St. Mary high schools, and 36 awards will be given to dependent children of Sponsor co-workers who are attending either a vocational-technical school, a community college or a 4-year college or university.

Awards are not renewable; however, dependent children may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. Mount St. Mary students may not reapply.

If a student is selected as a recipient and will not be enrolled for the full academic year, the award amount will be prorated. In the event of any returned or pro-rated amount, Sponsor shall select an alternate recipient to receive any amount of the returned or pro-rated award.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


All applicants will be notified in May.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship finalists will be selected by Scholarship America based upon:

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

From the list of finalists, The Charles E. Thoele Scholarship Committee has the sole responsibility for selecting scholarship recipients. The Committee will review Letters of Recommendation and essays questions when considering their decisions.

Financial need is not considered.

All applicants agree to accept decisions as final.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Mercy. Payment is made in August and December.

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.

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 an official copy of those test scores separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

Two letters of recommendation, one from a school official and one from a non-relative, must be uploaded on your behalf no later than February 23, 2024 11:59 pm Central Time.

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

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