The Women’s Board Scholarship Program

The 2018 Women's Board Scholarship application process is now closed.

The 2018 Scholarship Process

Opens: Friday, December 15, 2017                                

Closes: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 5 p.m.

The Women’s Board Scholarship Program supports students pursuing a degree in the health care field. When reviewing candidates, the scholarship committee considers the applicant’s academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community participation, experience (including volunteer experience) in the health care field, financial need, references and personal statement. In addition, special consideration is given to individuals with a connection to Medstar Montgomery Medical Center.

Criteria for Scholarship Selection

  1. Recipient must be a resident of the state of Maryland.
  2. Recipient must be a United States citizen.
  3. Recipient must be seeking a degree in a nursing, medical or related health care field.
  4. A non‑working recipient must maintain a minimum of 12 credit hours per term for undergraduate students and 9 credit hours per term for graduate students.
  5. We strongly encourage volunteer participation with the Women’s Board, including working at the Annual Picnic and Bazaar and/or the Thrift Shop. Learn more about our volunteer opportunities


Guidelines for Scholarship Funds

  1. Scholarships will be applied to the student's tuition, room, board, books and fees for the 2018-2019 school year only.
  2. Scholarships will range between $500 and $4,000.
  3. Checks will only be made payable to the recipient's school.
  4. Previous recipients of the Women's Board Scholarship may apply for subsequent awards. Scholarships may be awarded for a maximum of 4 years.
  5. Scholarship recipients attend the Annual Scholarship Luncheon in mid-June 2018.
  6. If a Scholarship winner changes their major outside the health care field, the scholarship will be rescinded.


Awarding Qualified Scholars for Over 50 Years

In 1957, the Jean Bird Scholarship Program was created, named after the wife of Dr. Jacob Wheeler Bird, the founder of MedStar Montgomery. A memorial fund was established to provide scholarships to those interested in pursuing careers in the medical field. In 1969, the Women's Board assumed responsibility for the scholarship fund and has continued to award honorable students each year.

The 2017 Women’s Board Scholarship Program awarded $80,000 in scholarships to 55 qualified high school, undergraduate and graduate degree students in all areas of health care.

Congratulations to the 2017 Women’s Board Scholarship Award Recipients!

WB 2017 Scholarship Winners


If you have any questions about the Scholarship Program, please feel free to contact The Scholarship Committee at [email protected] or leave a message at 301-774-8840. For the quickest response, we recommend communicating via email.