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Diversity in Practical Nursing Scholarship

For Employees at CentraCare/Carris Health

The Diversity in Practical Nursing Scholarship is for employees of CentraCare/Carris entities who are pursuing a Practical Nursing degree during the 2021-22 academic year with one of these three colleges: St. Cloud Community & Technical College, Rasmussen University (St. Cloud), or Ridgewater College (Willmar). BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) employee applicants will be given priority as to further CentraCare’s commitment to a diverse workforce. Six recipients will receive up to $7,500 for the 2021-2022 academic year for qualifying tuition, fees and required books. Payment will be made directly to the successful applicant’s school.

This scholarship's first application deadline has passed. However, CentraCare/Carris will again open an application window for this scholarship in Fall 2021. If you'd like to be notified of when applications will again be accepted, please contact Sandra Oyinoye.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Be an employee in good standing at a CentraCare/Carris entity.
  2. Accepted into a Practical Nursing (PN) program or taking courses toward a PN program for the 2021-22 academic year at St. Cloud Community & Technical College, Rasmussen University (St. Cloud), or Ridgewater College (Willmar).

Application Requirements:

  1. Download and complete the Diversity in Practical Nursing Application Form (PDF). Applications should be submitted to
  2. Attach an essay of no more than one, double-spaced typed page telling us about why you chose the pursuit of being an LPN. Include school, community, volunteerism and work activities in this essay.

If any of the required materials are not provided, the application will be disqualified automatically.

If awarded, each employee recipient will need to:

  1. Complete required documents including:
    1. Copy of your academic schedule and bill for tuition, fees and required books
    2. Scholarship agreement document
  2. Complete a FAFSA (student aid) application
  3. Remain employed with CentraCare/Carris through completion of the PN program
  4. Successfully complete the PN program.
    1. Employees can be part-time or full-time students.
    2. Depending on funding availability, there may be an opportunity to receive this scholarship for up to four future academic years.
  5. Be hired and work in an LPN capacity with CentraCare/Carris for 12 months.

Failure to complete any of the listed requirements may result in scholarship cancellation and repayment to CentraCare for any issued scholarship dollars.