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SCHOLARSHIPS
 

Scholarship, Loan, and other Funds for Graduates:

Sally Johnson and George and Felicia Fullerton Scholarships

These funds are awarded to active members of the Association (Dues have been paid for the year that they apply and continues to be paid for the duration of the scholarship period).  They are for full and part time educational programs leading to a degree.  Certificate, Continuing Education, Refresher Courses, or similar programs, are not eligible for these funds.  The Certificate of Advanced Study in Nursing or related health care professions is eligible.  Application is made to the Scholarship Committee which reviews all applications and award grants based on monies available.  The maximum lifetime amount a graduate can receive in scholarship money is $12,000.  This is available in installments equal to or less than the actual cost of the semester hour credits earned each semester.   Application is available here

Committee Chair: Marlene Norton

Annabella McCrae Loan Fund

This fund offers low interest loans to active members of the Association for educational purposes only up to a maximum of $12,000 per applicant in installments based on actual costs of educational program.   The loan fund is available if scholarship funds have been used to the maximum level.   Refresher courses and the Certificate of Advanced Study in Nursing or related health care professions are eligible.  Repayment of educational loans starts after graduation and is usually over a two to four year period.  During the entire period of the loan and repayment dues must be paid annually.  Application is made to the Loan Fund Committee which reviews all applications and award loans based on eligibility and courses taken.  Application is available here.

Committee Chair:  Marlene Norton

Bertella Tompkins Fund

This estate was given to benefit the graduates of the school.  The income is used to assist active or complimentary members with health related expensed that are not covered by insurance or other source of payment.  The fund also is available for projects or major functions that will benefit the membership as a whole.   Requests are made in writing to the committee chair and funding is only given if there are receipts available for costs incurred.   Major project funding must be approved by the Board.

Committee Chair:  Mary Caira

The Heslin Estate Fund

The Board and a vote of the membership at an annual meeting approved this fund to be used for the cost of historical or archival needs of the organization.  It funds projects that promote the profession of nursing or maintain the history of nursing at the MGH.  The Oral History Project currently underway has received some funding from this fund.    Use of money is by Board vote.

Committee Chair:  Historian for the Alumnae Association

 

Awards, Scholarships and Funds for Students and the MGH Institute School of Nursing:

Three awards, the Ruth Sleeper Award, the Mary Caira Award, and the Adele Corkum Award, in the amount of $5,000 each are presented to 3 students in their second year of the DEN program at the Generalist Ceremony, usually occurring in late January. The final selection of the recipients is approved by the MGH NAA with recommendations made by the IHP School of Nursing.  Representatives of the MGH NAA attend the ceremony to make the presentations. 

Two scholarships, the Staats Scholarship and the Huggard Scholarship, in the amount of $5,000 each are presented to 2 students in the ABSN program at Commencement during the Nursing Pinning/Hooding Awards Ceremony in early May. There are currently two ABSN classes, the Staats Scholarship recipient will be chosen/notified in the fall and the Huggard Scholarship will be chosen in Feb/March/notified in the spring (one to a student in each class).

The MGHNAA accepts submissions annually from the MGH Institute School of Nursing for the Student Paper Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding student papers. All students enrolled in the MGH Institute School of Nursing are eligible.  The paper must be submitted by March 1st. Award recipients and supporting faculty will be notified by March 21st. If the paper is selected for the award it will be recognized as follows:  A $500 cash award, an invited presentation to the Alumnae Board and possible inclusion of the paper in the annual issue of the Alumnae Record.

The Adele Corkum Award (established 1986)

A Massachusetts General Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association Award

The Adele Corkum Award is a monetary award that honors the memory of a beloved graduate of the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing, who devoted uncountable hours and immeasurable devotion to the School of Nursing, the Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Alumnae Association.  The award is given to a student who has completed the generalist portion of the DEN program. 

Corky died suddenly on Easter Sunday, 1986.  She was on her way to Easter Services at the Old West Church on Cambridge Street.  She had with her a wheeled cart that contained the food for the reception scheduled to follow services, and freshly laundered vestments for the minister.  As usual, she was helping others.

Her minister at her memorial service said it best.  “Corky was our friend and mentor.  She was truly a mother to us all.  She animated our living and listened to our fears.  She guided us, disciplined us, organized us, set high standards and expected our best efforts.  She made lists for us, gave precious gifts to us, and even named our transgressions for us.  But, the discipline was embroidered with compassion; the high standards gilded with great expectations.  Her nursing was not just a profession, but a way of life.  She elicited from us only what she demanded of herself.  Her leadership was born of love.  Her ministry was an incarnation of the timeless effort to reach us, teach us, make a name for us.  Her power, strength and love touched our lives.”

In choosing the recipient, we request that the person represent the qualities of Adele Corkum – admirable, diligent, extraordinary, loyal, energetic, loving, caring, outstanding, religious, kind, understanding, and motherly.   The award states that the student receiving the award has “outstanding compassion and caring toward classmates, patients and family”.  The award is given to the student who is chosen by both peers and faculty to exhibit these qualities.  Letters are submitted to the NAA for final selection.

 

The Mary Flannery Caira Award (established 2014)

A Massachusetts General Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association Award

The Mary Flannery Caira award is a monetary award that honors Mary’s passionate dedication to professional nursing and the Massachusetts General Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association.  The Mary Flannery Caira Award, established in 2014 in her honor, is to be awarded to a candidate in the Masters Degree in Nursing program in the MGH Institute School of Nursing at the Generalist Completion Ceremony. A graduate of the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing March Class 1959, she went on to earn a BSN and a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration while raising a family and pursuing a career in nursing that spanned nearly 55 years. The breadth and depth of her nursing career begins with staff nursing on a medical unit at the MGH, leadership including staffing coordinator, nursing supervisor, nurse manager, director of nursing, case manager, and quality assurance manager at various Massachusetts health-care institutions. From maternity nursing to hospice care, Mary has contributed her energy, intellect, empathy, dedication, relentless problem solving, and team work, leaving an indelible mark of compassionate care in every aspect of her professional foot print.

For 55 years she has been a member in various positions on the Board of Directors of the MGH Nurses’ Alumnae Association. Her generous service includes the following roles: President, Homecoming Chair, Co-chair of the 100th Anniversary of the MGH School of Nursing, co-chair of the 125th Anniversary, Homecoming Program Chair, and the Bertella Tomkins Committee Chair. Mary’s commitment to helping provide educational support to students and to preserving nursing history – the mission of the Alumnae Association – is one of the driving forces behind her dedication. Mary’s generous and kind spirit is unwavering as she advocates for those nursing students pursuing their education especially when simultaneously meeting work, family and career obligations. Mary continues to be an active voice on the MGHNAA, Sigma Theta Tau, and the ANA.  

Mary remains active in the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau at Salem State College and the MGH Institute School of Nursing, and the MGH Nurses’ Alumnae Association.

Criteria for the Mary Flannery Caira Award include the following:

  • A dedicated candidate in the Masters Degree in Nursing Program in good academic standing having completed the Generalist Program in the MGH Institute School of Nursing who is actively engaged in the educational process while concurrently employed.
  • A professional nursing student whose clinical proficiency, leadership, education and mentoring skills demonstrate a dedication to quality patient and family care.
  • A professional nursing student whose dedication to advancing professional practice includes a commitment to serve in organized professional groups and associations whose mission is to advance, support, and lead professional nursing practice and the individuals likewise committed.
  • Candidates are selected by faculty and submitted to the NAA for final selection.

 

Ruth Sleeper Scholarship Award (established 1983)

A Massachusetts General Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association Award

 

The Ruth Sleeper Award is a monetary award given to a student who has completed the generalist portion of the DEN program.  Ruth Sleeper was a distinguished graduate of the MGH SON class of 1922. She was the Director of Nursing and of the MGH School of Nursing from 1946 to 1966. She was a national leader, having been the National League for Nursing’s first president and having received the prestigious Florence Nightingale award.  Throughout her tenure as director, she continued to encourage the expansion of nursing education and promoted nursing research

She worked diligently for the advancement of nursing and early on saw the need for higher nursing education. In 1945, she helped facilitate the affiliation of Radcliffe College with MGH School of Nursing that continued for many years. As that program ended she facilitated a program with Northeastern University in 1962. Although the program only lasted for two classes, it led to Northeastern starting a nursing program and began her quest to get MGH to be a degree granting hospital.  Her vision of nursing education leading to a degree and her belief that a hospital with a school of nursing could be degree granting led directly to the establishment of IHP.

She was much loved in her role as an instructor and as director. She was kind, gentle, soft spoken but firm. She took time out from her busy day as director of nursing to instruct in the day to day world of students. 

In her memory and in honor of her work, the scholarship award is given to a student at the end of the generalist portion of the program, who best exemplifies “excellence in both the theory and practice of nursing.”  The criteria are based first on the academic record of the student and then recommendation of the faculty on the ability of the student to transfer that academic information to excellence in clinical practice.  Letters are submitted to the NAA for review and final selection.

 

Miriam “Mim” Huggard Scholarship Award (established 2008)

A Massachusetts General Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association Award

 

The Miriam “Mim” Huggard monetary award is in honor of a 1931 graduate of the MGH School of Nursing who spent her entire career at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  Mim remained at her beloved MGH after retirement volunteering countless hours in various areas of her interests including the MGH Nurses’ Alumnae Association (MGHNAA) where she continued to help the association and its graduates.

Mim was born and raised in New Brunswick Canada and later entered the MGH Training School for Nurses to train as a MGH nurse.  Following graduation she worked as a staff nurse in the Baker Memorial Building and soon thereafter in 1942, she was appointed a Nursing Supervisor in the MGH Phillips House Nursing Service and a part time nursing instructor in the MGH Staff Education Department.  From 1965 to her retirement in 1976, Mim served as the Director of the MGH Phillips House Nursing Service with distinction.

Mim was continuously active with the MGHNAA serving in many capacities over the years both as a member of the Board and as a member of various committees.  She contributed as the Alumnae Historian for the association and worked to keep the history of the MGHNAA alive.  In addition, from 1939 until its closure in 1980, Mim was the Treasurer of the Sick Relief Fund, a group of MGH graduates who provided support for MGHNAA who did not have sick pay or health insurance

Once retired, Mim turned her full-time energies to full-time volunteering.  She volunteered in the MGH Flower Shop three days a week and in the MGH Nurses’ Alumnae Office two days a week. In 1997 the MGHNAA awarded her the Unsung Hero Award for her tireless dedication to the Alumnae Association. Mim was later awarded the Alumnae Achievement Award for excellence, innovation, and dedication to the practice of nursing at the 125th Celebration of Nursing Education at the MGH in 1998,

Mim was a gracious and noble woman who embraced change.  Her exemplary core values were palpable in her daily work and in her personal life.  She was a committed nurse devoted to her patients and a nursing leader dedicated to her staff. Throughout her career Mim exemplified all that embodies nursing. As a teacher and mentor she passed this legacy on to countless numbers of MGH nurses.

In her memory and in honor of her work and dedication to both the MGH and the MGHNAA, the scholarship award is given to a student in the MGHIHP School of Nursing Accelerated BSN Program at the start of their final semester. 

Criteria for the Miriam “Mim” Huggard Scholarship include:

  • Demonstration of exemplary clinical skills during the first three semesters of the program.  (Faculty should give specific examples in letter of recommendation)
  • Embodiment of the core values identified above that made Mim an exceptional nurse, leader, and mentor.
  • Consideration for a student who is working or who has worked at the MGH or in lieu of such, a student who is placed at the MGH in the Role Immersion/Clinical  Elective course in the final semester of the program.

Faculty of the Accelerated BSN Program should submit letters of recommendation for students who meet the criteria by the end of March to the MGH Nurses’ Alumnae Association. Nursing student candidates should submit a clinical exemplar/narrative describing a situation that best describes a meaningful nursing experience. The MGHNAA Board will make a final decision and award the scholarship prior to the start of the final semester (May) to assist with tuition.

 

 

Loyd Nichols Staats Scholarship (established 1996)

Massachusetts General Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association

 

The Loyd Nichols Staats Scholarship is established under the aegis of the Massachusetts General Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association (MGHNAA) Endowed Fund at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute School of Nursing. 

The funding for this scholarship is by way of the 1996 estate of Mary Hortense Staats, Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1937.  The scholarship is named to honor the memory of Loyd Nichols Staats who died at the young age of one year, the brother of Mary.  Mary was born in 1908 the oldest of 3 children but the only one to live past age of 10, and died in 1994 at 86. Her estate funded a scholarship for nursing students in memory of her brother Loyd.  Mary earned a BSN and Masters Degree in Health Education. She worked as a public health nurse with the Boston VNA and was a school nurse in New York. In 1943, she entered the Navy Nurse Corp from which she retired in 1964. Her service included front line duty in WW11. In retirement she lived on a farm showing and breeding beef cattle. Her hobbies included genealogical and historical research.

The MGHNAA supported this scholarship beginning in 2010 with an award of $5,000. Thereafter the award is determined annually by the MGHNAA Board of Directors until such time that the MGHNAA Endowment Fund at the MGH Institute of Health Professions receives an annual distribution from the MGHNAA Endowed Fund sufficient to fund this annual scholarship award. At such a point in time when the MGH Institute School of Nursing and the MGH Institute of Health Professions assumes this award as part of the MGHNAA Endowed Fund agreement, they may determine the amount of the award.

Criteria:

The Loyd Nichols Staats Scholarship shall be awarded to a student enrolled in the Accelerated BSN Program at the MGH Institute School of Nursing.  The award will be selected in September, awarded in October and presented in May. The student should be in good standing as determined by the MGH Institute School of Nursing faculty and receive this award entering the final year of completing the program. The faculty of IHP shall nominate and select the individual and will send to the NAA for final approval.

 

Student Paper Award (established 2003)

Massachusetts General Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association

 

The MGHNAA accepts submissions annually from the MGH Institute School of Nursing for the Student Paper Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding student papers. The topic can be broad but should integrate an historical perspective focusing on MGH nursing, the MGH School of Nursing and/or the achievements of its graduates. Clinical narratives reflecting on nursing practice and patient care will also be considered.

Eligibility and Requirements:  All students enrolled in the MGH Institute School of Nursing at the time of submission deadline are eligible.  The paper must be submitted in electronic form to MGHnursealumnae@Partners.org to the attention of the Board of Directors by March 1st .  Standard academic format as recommended by the IHP, double spaced with references included. Along with the submission a letter of support from one faculty member is required including the name of the course for which it was written. The length of the paper is flexible (up to a maximum page limit of 10 excluding cover and references).  The student’s CV should accompany the submission. Students can apply more than once.

Review Criteria:  The Board of Directors of the MGHNAA will review the papers for the following criteria: originality of the idea presented, writing style, comprehensiveness and delivery, academic rigor, pertinence to MGH and general interest of the topic to the members of the Alumnae Association. If the Board decides that a paper meets the criteria it will be recognized as follows:  A $500 cash award, an invited presentation to the Alumnae Board and possible inclusion of the paper in the annual issue of the Alumnae Record.

Notification: Submissions will be acknowledged by email when received. If a paper is chosen for an award, the award recipient and supporting faculty member will be notified by email by March 21st.

 

MGH Nurses’ Alumnae Association Endowed Funds

 

Nursing Endowment Fund

This fund was originally started in 1914 to benefit the School of Nursing for the education of nurses, this fund is held by the MGH and a committee oversees the use of earnings of the fund on an annual basis.  The Association is one of the three voting members of the committee.   Over the years the funds have been used toward the cost of nursing faculty salaries at the MGH Institute School of Nursing.

The Board of the MGHNAA established two Endowed Funds in 2009.  Both of these funds carry the name of the Massachusetts General Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association in perpetuity as a lasting tribute to the dedicated graduates (MGH School of Nursing 1873-1981) who continuously support nursing education, professional development and the recording of the history of nursing education. 

 

The Massachusetts General Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association Endowed Fund for the MGH Institute of Health Professions MGH Institute School of Nursing

 

The annual distribution of this fund will provide financial support to students enrolled in a program of study in the MGH Institute School of Nursing that leads to licensure as a Registered Nurse and Registered Nurses who are students seeking an advanced degree in nursing.  The principal may not be invaded. Gifts can be made to this fund at any time.

 

The Massachusetts General Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association Endowed Fund for the Department of Nursing at the Massachusetts General Hospital

 

The annual distribution of this fund shall be applied toward the education of registered nurses and to support the nursing research initiatives of registered nurses to continuously advance the practice of nursing to improve patient outcomes through evidenced based nursing practice.  The principal may not be invaded.  Gifts can be made to this fund at any time.

 

Make A Donation:

If you would like to contribute to any of these Funds, please send your check payable to the MGHNAA. Please use the attached form.  Identify the specific fund and include your name, address and contact information.  Donations to these funds are tax deductible contributions based on the limits of the tax codes.  For more information on contributing to the MGHNAA or any of the funds that are managed by the NAA please refer to the area on Philanthropy.