Application Information

We’re investing in the future of Beaufort County’s healthcare: you.

Recent BSN graduates and those who plan to graduate in the current year are encouraged to apply for the South Carolina Nurse Retention Scholarship (SCNRS).

So that no aspect of Beaufort County’s healthcare system suffers without support.


Who is eligible?
Recent  BSN graduates in the past 6 months and those who plan to graduate in the current year including successful completion of the NCLEX-RN with unrestricted licensing.


What criteria are used for selection?
The South Carolina Nurse Retention Scholarship (SCNRS) is the only scholarship that is dedicated to retaining top nursing talent in Beaufort County. We are able to offer recent Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)  grads (recent meaning within last 6 months) or those planning to graduate within the current year –up to $24,000 over a 4 year period based on merit, dedication to the nursing profession, financial need and the willingness to seek and keep employment in primary medical care in Beaufort County.


How much money is available?
In 2021, our inaugural year, we will be awarding four scholarships which will pay each recipient $24,000 over a 4-year period. With proof of continued employment in a Beaufort County primary care setting along with verification of membership in a nationally recognized nursing organization, a taxable stipend of $3,000 will be paid semi-annually. These stipends are considered taxable income, however, because they are awards they are not subject to Social Security and Medicare taxes.


When will the scholarship be awarded?
Scholarship recipients will be announced in September 2021 and recipients will be notified by letter. Payments will begin upon completion of six months of employment.


Who chooses the recipients?
A Selection Committee has been appointed by the SCNRS Fund and includes a diverse representation from nursing, human resources, and executive management. Committee decisions are final.


When is the application available for 2022?
The 2022 scholarship application will be available from May 6, 2022 – July 31, 2022. The application can be completed online or download as a PDF file. Completed PDF applications must be emailed or mailed to:


c/o Connie Muscarella

11 Mulberry Road

Bluffton, SC 29910



What is the deadline for completed applications?
Applications must be emailed or postmarked by July 31, 2022.


What documents are required with the application?
Along with the completed application form, all applicants must submit a resume, two letters of recommendation (one professional and one personal), and a typed essay.

NOTE: The Selection Committee will verify RN licensure through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Nursys® Database.


Will interviews be conducted?
This process will be determined based on the number of applicants. Interviews may be conducted via phone, Zoom, or in-person.



“You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. Put your future in good hands – your own.”  – Mark V. Hansen