Application Information

We’re investing in the future of Beaufort and Jasper Counties’ healthcare: YOU

Recent BSN and ADN graduates are encouraged to apply for the South Carolina Nurse Retention Scholarship (SCNRS).

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

Who is eligible?

Recent BSN and ADN graduates who have successfully completed 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 and Jasper Counties. We are able to offer recent Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) grads (recent meaning within the last 8 months) – up to $12,000 (BSN grads) or $6,000 (ADN grads) over a 2 year period based on merit, dedication to the nursing profession, financial need, educational mobility and your desire to remain employed in primary medical care in Beaufort or Jasper County – including specific geographic areas where funding has been made available. We welcome nurse graduate applicants who represent the diversity of our community.

How much money is available?

In 2021, our inaugural year, we awarded four scholarships to BSN graduates. In 2022 we added ADN graduates to our pool of eligible candidates for the scholarship.

With proof of continued employment in a Beaufort or Jasper County primary care setting along with verification of membership in a nationally recognized nursing organization, a taxable stipend of

$3,000 (BSN) or $1,500 (ADN) will be paid semi-annually over a 2 year period.

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 2022 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 EMAIL:

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