Employee Scholarships

Stillwater Medical Foundation is pleased to offer a variety of scholarships to employees of the Stillwater Medical Healthcare System. Our scholarships fall into three main categories:

Nursing

The Foundation has several scholarships devoted to nursing education. Whether you're working to become an LPN, RN, or even Masters or Doctorate level study, we have opportunities for you!

Medical

Our medical scholarships are focused on students working in preparation to become an allopathic or osteopathic physician, physician assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, et al.

Academic

Our academic scholarships are open to any area of study. They can be used for collegiate or vocational training.

SCHOLARSHIP FAQ:

WHO can apply?

To be eligible for the Foundation's Employee Scholarships, an employee must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. Have been employed by Stillwater Medical Integrated Health System at least nine months by the application due date.
  2. Must be considered Full-time or Part-time. (PRN employees are not eligible.)
  3. Must not be on probation or have disciplinary action against them within nine months of the application due date.
WHEN can I apply?

The Foundation accepts scholarship applications twice a year:

  • Spring Semester: Applications open November 1st
  • Fall Semester: Applications open on June 1st

Both applications close at midnight on the 21st of the month.

HOW OFTEN can I apply?

As long as you meet the eligibility requirements, you can apply every time the application is open.

There is no limit on the number, or amount, of scholarships that any individual employee can be awarded.

HOW are recipients selected?

As members of the Foundation's Scholarship Committee review an application a numerical score is compiled. The reviewers can't see how points are being added or subtracted by their chosen responses. 

The individual scores are averaged to give an overall score for each applicant. Foundation staff determines a cut-line and awards scholarships to those above that score who meet criteria for the scholarship (e.g.: nursing scholarships must be awarded to nursing students).

Because some scholarships are for part-time employees, those individuals' scores are looked at separately to determine awards. If there is a lack of eligible recipients, these awards can go to full-time employees.

Are scholarships awarded on financial need?

Overall, no. However, a few awards do ask that financial need be considered, so we have incorporated that into the application.

Is there an employment commitment tied to the scholarships?

Normally, there is no long-term employment commitment tied to scholarships. 

However, employees that terminate prior to the scholarship distribution will forfeit the award.

The Foundation may require an employment commitment if it deems it necessary, but these are not common and would be  agreed to by both the Foundation and the recipient before distribution.

Is this separate from Stillwater Medical's Educational Assistance Program?

Yes. The Foundation's scholarships are completely separate.

For information about Stillwater Medical's Educational Assistance Program, visit the SMC Library on the Employee Intranet or you can speak with the Human Resources Department.

The Employee Scholarship Program through the Stillwater Medical Foundation began in 1994, when Dr. Robert Kamm, President of OSU from 1966-77, created an endowment to honor his wife Maxine. Mrs. Kamm served for several years as a patient representative at Stillwater Medical Center. The annual award was $250. By the year 2000, four scholarships were available, totaling $1,250.

From 2006 to 2014, there was a substantial increase in educational funding. Several active and former volunteers at SMC have established scholarships to assist employees working to reach their educational goals. Additionally, the estates of Eva Belle Hines and Mary Teresa Randall both established endowments that award several scholarships each year.

In 2020, a total of 54 scholarships were awarded totaling $49,000. Awards are available for both part-time and full-time employees who meet the eligibility requirements established by the Foundation's scholarship committee.

Gladys Heath

SCHOLARSHIP SPOTLIGHT Gladys Heath

Gladys Heath was a volunteer at Stillwater Medical Center for several years, giving over 10,000 hours of service. She loved the idea of helping to educate others and gave several donations to the first scholarship established with the Foundation.

Her family surprised her by establishing a scholarship in her name as a tribute to her and her love for the hospital.

Since its inception in 1996, the Gladys Heath Academic Scholarship has provided over $10,000 in financial assistance to 23 employees.