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Franciscan Scholarship Program

$2,000 awards for postsecondary education

Franciscan Health System has established a scholarship program to assist students who plan to continue education in college or vocational school programs. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study in selected healthcare related fields at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship Management Services®, a division of Scholarship America®. Scholarship Management Services is the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals.

Franciscan Scholarship

The Program

Franciscan Health System has established a scholarship program to assist students who plan to continue education in college or vocational school programs. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study in selected healthcare related fields at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship Management Services®, a division of Scholarship America®. Scholarship Management Services is the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals.

Eligibility

Applicants to the Franciscan Health System Scholarship Program must be -

  • High school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • A member of one of the following ethnic minorities: American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Multi-Racial, Other non-white.
  • Residing in the Washington State, South Puget Sound area.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.
  • Planning to pursue or are currently pursuing a degree in a healthcare related study leading to a career in one of the following fields:
    • Pharmacist
    • Physician
    • Registered Nurse (RN)
    • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Technologist)
    • Nuclear Medicine Technologist, MRI Technologist
    • CT Technologist, Surgical Technologist
    • Radiology Technologist
    • Physical Therapist
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Speech Language Pathologist, or
    • Medical Coder

Employees of Franciscan Health System, Scholarship America, their subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies and the immediate family (spouses, parents, children or siblings and their spouses) and persons living in the same household of such employees, who are employed at the time of application are ineligible to receive a scholarship.

Awards

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $2,000 award. Up to two (2) awards will be granted each year assuming there are qualified candidates. Recipients must demonstrate financial need. Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Application

Interested students must complete the application and mail it along with a current, complete transcript of grades to Scholarship Management Services postmarked no later than March 1. Grade reports are not acceptable. Online transcripts must display student name, school name, grade and credit hours earned for each course, and term in which each course was taken. Applicants will receive acknowledgment of receipt of their application. If an acknowledgment card is not received within three weeks, applicants may call Scholarship Management Services to verify that the application has been received.

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Instructions for completing the Financial Data section of the application are included. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. All information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by Scholarship Management Services.

Selection of recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, an outside appraisal and financial need. Financial need of $3,000 or greater must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship Management Services. In no instance does any officer or employee of Franciscan Health System play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Applicants will be notified in late April. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Payment of scholarship

Scholarship Management Services processes scholarship payments on behalf of Franciscan Health System. Payments are made in equal installments on August 15 and December 30. Checks are mailed to each recipient's home address and are made payable to the school for the student.

Obligations

Recipients have no obligation to Franciscan Health System. They are, however, required to notify Scholarship Management Services of any changes in address, school enrollment, or other relevant information and to send a complete transcript when requested.

Revisions

Franciscan Health System reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time including termination of the program.

Additional information

Questions regarding the scholarship program should be addressed to:

Franciscan Health System Scholarship Program
Scholarship Management Services
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Telephone: (507) 931-1682

Instructions for completing the Financial Data section of the application

The Financial Data section of the application should be completed by parents, guardians, or by the applicant if independent. Independent is defined as one who is not claimed as a dependent by the parent/guardian for tax purposes. Information should be from a completed tax return filed with the IRS.

  1. State of Residence is the state where the parents and/or (independent) applicant reside and pay state income tax.
  2. Adjusted Gross Income can be found on IRS FORM 1040 and is gross income reduced by specific adjustments allowed by law.
  3. Total Federal Tax Paid includes the total amount of federal income tax to be paid as reported on IRS FORM 1040. This is not the amount withheld from employee’s paychecks. (The amount withheld should be adjusted by any refund or additional taxes due.) Do not report state income tax.
  4. Total Income of parent(s) should be reported individually for both parents if applicant is a dependent student, or by the applicant if independent. Provide information for both natural parents, when possible. If the student resides with only one parent, financial information must be received from the parent who claims the child as a dependent for tax purposes. If a parent has remarried, the spouse’s information is required if the spouse is a legal guardian of the student, or claims the student as a dependent, or the student is included in the spouse’s benefit plan. If necessary, two Financial Data sections may be submitted by the student. A copy of the Financial Data section may be made in order for one to be completed by each parent.
  5. Untaxed Income and Benefits include any other income or benefits not included in the adjusted gross income figure. Do not include untaxed contributions to retirement plans.
  6. Medical and Dental Expenses include only those expenses not paid by insurance. Do not include premium payments.
  7. Total Cash, Checking, Savings, Cash Value of Stocks, etc., include liquid assets that can be used for educational expenses. Do not include IRA, 401k, or other retirement plan funds.
  8. Total number of family members living in the household and primarily supported by the reported income may include:
    • the applicant
    • the applicant’s parents
    • other children living in the household
    • dependent college students living away from home
    • other people who live in the household and receive more than half of their support from the reported income
      Independent students should only report those individuals who are supported by the reported income.
  9. Marital status is the current status of the person from whom the financial information is submitted.
  10. Of the total number of family members on line 8, number of students attending college includes family members attending a two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school at least half-time. Include the applicant in this number. Do not include parents.

NOTE: Any exceptions to providing financial information as instructed above must be submitted to Scholarship Management Services in writing.