School of Nursing

Scholarships available in the School of Nursing

Information on how to apply for School of Nursing scholarships can be found at usm.maine.edu/nursing/scholarships.

Nursing Alumni Scholarship Fund

This fund was established through donations to USM’s Annual Fund specifically designated for School of Nursing scholarships. The majority of donors to this fund are nursing alumni of the School of Nursing. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to the ideals of the nursing profession.

Mabel Skillin Nursing Scholarship

The Mabel Skillin Nursing Scholarships were established in 1989 through the generosity of the Simmons Foundation.  These scholarships honor Mabel Skillin who trained and served at Maine General Hospital as a nurse during the 1890s.  Mrs. Skillin considered nursing to be a very high calling, and maintained a lifelong interest in education.  It is fitting that these scholarships be awarded in her name to nursing students of merit.

Community Health Services Patricia A. Geary Nursing Award

This scholarship was established in 1998 in honor of Patricia A. Geary, former dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, and her commitment to the provision of quality health care services to individuals and families in their homes and communities.  The award is given to a nursing student who demonstrates academic excellence and an interest in providing health care to those in a community setting.

Katherine Cross Memorial Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship was created in 1997 by the family of College of Nursing and Health Professions alumna Katherine Cross ’70.  The scholarship is awarded to a nursing student who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science degree who demonstrates academic merit and a commitment to nursing.

Dean Patricia A. Geary Memorial Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1998 through generous donations from family, friends, colleagues, and students in recognition of Dean Patricia Geary’s outstanding leadership of the College of Nursing and Health Professions from 1993 until her death in 1998, as well as her commitment to the community, nursing education, students, and her family.  This scholarship is awarded annually to a nursing student who exemplifies the standards to which she committed her career.

Dr. Robert H. McRea Jr. Memorial Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2000 by Mrs. Martha McRea and family members in memory of Dr. Robert H. McRea, Jr.  The award is given to an entering junior or senior nursing student with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or above who has demonstrated a strong interest in caring for women and their children.

Viola Palmacci Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1989 by family, friends, and associates to honor Mrs. Palmacci’s 26 years of distinguished service as a coordinator of student health services on the Portland campus.  The award is given to a nursing student in good academic standing who shows outstanding promise as a dedicated professional and is committed to the ideals of nursing.

Mildred A. Roche/Alyce G. Green Memorial Nursing Scholarship

This award is provided to an RN student pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree who demonstrates a commitment to nursing, academic merit, and dedication to the ideals of the profession.

Women’s Board of the Maine General Hospital Scholarship

These scholarships are funded by the Scholarship Committee of the Women’s Board of Maine General Hospital.  Established in 1991, these scholarships are given to commendable nursing students.

Boyne Foundation Nursing Scholarship

Established in 2007 by a gift from the Boyne Family Foundation to provide financial assistance to a full-time undergraduate or graduate nursing student who has demonstrated academic achievement and has a career interest in geriatric nursing in rural and underserved areas of Maine.

E. June Clark Memorial Nursing

Gifted from the Estate of E. June Clark in 2006 to provide a scholarship for a nursing student who has a background as a nursing assistant and is continuing their education with financial need and a dedication to nursing.

Martha Skoner Memorial Scholarship

The Martha Skoner Memorial Nursing Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate nursing student who is matriculated within her/his respective program. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate a passion for nursing and an interest in working with or researching older adults living in the community, incontinence in women, and/or holistic health and are residents of Maine. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater and be in good standing within the SON. 

Application materials will include a data sheet and personal statement regarding the student’s career goals and how the goals relate to one of the three areas of preference: older adults living in the community, incontinence in women, and holistic health. The personal statement should also demonstrate the applicant’s passion for nursing.

One undergraduate and one graduate scholarship will be awarded each academic year depending on funds being available.