BISMARCK, ND — Millions of Americans are considered essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic — especially health care workers and teachers. Every day, sometimes 24/7, without question, they are expected to care for patients, or teach your children in the classrooms, and often they are taken for granted for their endless and selfless service. For that, the University of Mary is announcing a one-time Thank You Scholarship for any health care worker or teacher as a thank you for their service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re excited to offer this scholarship so many in the health care and education fields can take advantage of the opportunity as they go through these trying times,” stated University of Mary Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions Jennifer Barry. “Since this is a first-come first-serve award, we are encouraging professionals in these fields to act quickly so we can get them started and into the program without delay. Now, more than ever, these frontline workers are essential to the viability of our communities throughout the country and need our support. Hopefully, this scholarship will help kickstart their degree, and lessen some of the financial burden.”

Health care and education programs that qualify for the scholarship are the Master of Education (M. Ed), Master of Science in Kinesiology (MSK), Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology (MS CEP), Master of Arts in Music (MA), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN), Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (RRT to BSRT), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and the dual degree Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration (MSN/MBA).

The scholarship applies to new students only who begin their program within any spring, summer or fall 2021 semester. Students need to confirm their enrollment by April 30, 2021, in order to claim the scholarship.

Anyone interested in taking advantage of this Thank You Scholarship or wants to learn more, should contact Jennifer Barry jlbarry@umary.edu, or (701) 355-8372.