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Mary Cafolla Wallace Nursing Scholarship Program

Offered by The Philanthropic Initiative

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Feb 20, 2024
Multiple awards worth up to


Grade level

College & Graduate Students

Application deadline:

May 6, 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you an adult (ages 24 – 55) planning to pursue a second career in nursing and obtain either an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in New England? If so, consider applying for the Mary Cafolla Wallace Nursing Scholarship Program! Each year, the program awards up to $20,000 each to multiple applicants who will be pursuing a nursing degree in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont in the upcoming Fall. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.

About The Philanthropic Initiative

The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) was created by Peter Karoff after he "launched a social experiment to see if the idea of strategic philanthropy, when applied to a broader cohort of donors, could increase effectiveness and encourage greater generosity" in 1989. Since then, the Initiative has played a lead role in the creation of the field of strategic philanthropy. In their view, strategic philanthropy is about articulating a vision and goals, and then determining the most effective ways in which philanthropic resources can support those goals. From the beginning, they have encouraged funders to engage a wide range of stakeholders, listen deeply to diverse perspectives, and work in close partnership with nonprofit leaders and others with shared goals.

Eligibility information

This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

Grade Level

College & Graduate Students

Academic Interest

Healthcare, Nursing

Other Category



Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont


Applicants must be (1) between the ages of 24 and 55, (2) already have an Associate's or Bachelor's degree, and (3) planning to attend a nursing program in one of the eligible states.

Application information

In addition to the below application materials, interested students must submit a Financial Aid Award Letter from the nursing school they plan to attend.


Academic transcript

Resume or CV

Letter of Recommendation


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Scholarship FAQ

When will the winner of this scholarship be announced?

The Mary Cafolla Wallace Nursing Scholarship Program winner will be announced: July 2024.

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact The Philanthropic Initiative at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

Yes, the Mary Cafolla Wallace Nursing Scholarship Program is renewable.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).

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