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The 2021 Scholarship Program
The 2021 Scholarship Program is now closed to applications.
The Women’s Board Scholarship Program supports students pursuing a degree in the healthcare field. When reviewing candidates, the scholarship committee considers the applicant’s academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community participation, experience (including volunteer experience) in the healthcare field, financial need, references, and the applicant’s personal statement. In addition, special consideration is given to individuals with a connection to MedStar Montgomery Medical Center and the Women’s Board. We strongly encourage volunteer participation with the Women’s Board, such as working at the Annual Picnic and Bazaar or the Thrift Shop. Learn more about our volunteer opportunities.
All scholarship recipients will be invited to attend the Annual Scholarship Luncheon in mid-June 2021, assuming COVID-19 related restrictions have been eased.
Criteria for Scholarship Selection
- Recipient must be a resident of Maryland.
- Recipient must be a United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States.
- Recipient must be seeking a degree in a nursing, medical, or other related healthcare field.
- Full-time recipients must maintain a minimum of 12 credit hours per term for undergraduate students and 9 credit hours per term for graduate students. Part-time recipients must be working a minimum of 20 hours.
Guidelines for Scholarship Funds
- Scholarships will be applied to tuition, room, board, books and fees for the 2021-2022 school year only.
- Scholarships will range between $250 and $4,000.
- Checks will only be made payable to the recipient's school.
- Previous recipients of the Women's Board Scholarship may apply for subsequent awards. Scholarships may be awarded for a maximum of 4 years.
- If a Scholarship winner changes their major to one outside the healthcare field, the recipient will not be permitted to use any unpaid scholarship funds.
Awarding Qualified Scholars for Over 60 Years
In 1957, the Jean Bird Scholarship Program was created. The program is named after the wife of Dr. Jacob Wheeler Bird, the founder of the original Montgomery General Hospital, now known as MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. A memorial fund was established to provide scholarships to those interested in pursuing careers in the medical field. In 1969, the Women's Board restructured the scholarship program and has continued to award deserving students each year.
In honor of the Women’s Board 100th Anniversary, the 2020 Scholarship Program awarded $100,000 in scholarships to qualified high school, undergraduate and graduate students in all areas of healthcare.
Meet the 2020 Women’s Board Scholarship Award Recipients!