Scholarship Opportunity for Aide or Tech Going to Nursing School

Screen Shot 2019-04-19 at 11.44.37 AMThrough the MNA Foundation the Minnesota Nurses Association has established the Mary Eliza Mahoney Scholarship, named in honor of America’s first African-American graduate nurse. This scholarship will provide financial support to a fellow union member who wants to become a nurse and a member of the MNA. This scholarship serves to recognize an outstanding union member who has begun their path to a nursing career.

The Mahoney scholar will receive $2,500 per semester of nursing school up to a total of $10,000.


  • Must be a union member of a 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.


  • Online Application Form (to be found on the MNA website):
  • 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:
    • 1 recommendation must be from your union leadership (for example: a steward, elected leader or staff person from SEIU).
    • 1 recommendation must be from an academic source, a faculty member who has taught you in class or an academic advisor.
    • 1 recommendation may be from a personal reference. This person may be a co-worker or a manager who can comment on your work ethic. This person could also be someone from your community, a religious organization, or related to volunteer work or any areas of leadership in your life.
  • Complete applications are due by June 1, 2019.
  • 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
If you have questions about the application requirements contact Megan Gavin at 1-800-536-4662, ext. 162, 651-414-2862, or

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