Mary Eliza Mahoney Memorial Scholarship to Pursue A Nursing Degree

Mary Eliza Mahoney Memorial Scholarship to Pursue A Nursing Degree

The Mary Eliza Mahoney Memorial Scholarship provides funds for a member of another healthcare union in the pursuit of a nursing degree.

The Mary Eliza Mahoney scholarship, named in honor of our country’s first African-American graduate nurse, will provide financial support to the member of another healthcare union who wants to become a nurse and a member of the MNA. The Minnesota Nurses Association recognizes that myriad institutional and structural barriers keep many people from a nursing career.  The Minnesota Nurses Association Foundation (MNAF) wants to foster the creation of a diverse team of nurses that reflects the diversity of our communities. This scholarship serves to recognize an outstanding union member who has begun their path to a nursing career. The Mahoney Scholarship recipient will receive $2,500 per semester of nursing school up to a total of $10,000.

Every day MNA members rely on the skilled work of other healthcare personnel to keep patients safe and well cared for. The Foundation board is seeking candidates for this scholarship who may come strongly recommended by MNA nurses who have worked side by side with them.

Additional Details Regarding Process and Requirements

Scholarship Recipient Criteria

  • Must be a member of another healthcare union in good standing.
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited nursing program and must have completed a minimum of one semester.
  • Indigenous people and people of color especially encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements

  • Online Application Form will be available in February 2020
  • Official Academic Transcript
  • An essay (maximum 2 pages) that addresses the following:
    • Describe your experience of diversity and inclusion in healthcare.
    • Why do you want to become a nurse?
    • What does being a union member mean to you?
  • 3 letters of recommendation: no letters can be from a relative
    • 1 from your union leadership (for example, a letter from a union steward, elected leader or staff)
    • 1 from an academic source/ faculty member
    • 1 from a personal reference
      • This person may be a co-worker, for example an MNA nurse!
      • This person may be someone from your community, religious organization, related to volunteer work, etc.
    • Complete applications are due on June 1 of each year. If June 1 falls on a weekend, the deadline is the following Monday.
    • No incomplete or late applications will be considered.

If you have questions about the application process contact Linda Owens at 1-800-536-4662, ext. 122, 651-414-2822, or linda.owens@mnnurses.org.

If you have questions about the application requirements contact Geri Katz at 1-800-536-4662, ext. 155, 651-414-2855, or Geri.Katz@mnnurses.org.