Become a “Friend of the South Carolina Nurse Retention Scholarship”

The need for nurses in Beaufort County is critical and expected to grow.

Your donation can help.




Nurses are the heart and backbone of our healthcare system, yet Beaufort County is facing a critical nursing shortage that is putting the health and wellness of the Lowcountry at risk.

To help increase the number of BSN graduate nurses employed in Primary Care settings in Beaufort County, and keep nurses from leaving the area, the South Carolina Nurse Retention Scholarship offers a unique “post-graduation” scholarship in return for a work commitment – providing $6,000 per year in the form of direct payments to new BSN graduates who can demonstrate that they are providing direct patient care in Beaufort County, for a total of $24,000 for each scholarship.

The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry and several individuals have generously provided the initial funds to build the program’s infrastructure and launch the program in Beaufort County. We awarded four scholarships in our first year of operation. With a goal of funding 10 scholarships per year, we now need to raise $250,000 a year to continue to award these important scholarships – helping to retain nursing talent in our area, and ensuring quality healthcare for everyone throughout Beaufort County.

The need is critical – and you can help.  Become a “Friend of the SCNRS” and make an investment in this important initiative to attract and retain nurses here in Beaufort County to help avoid this growing nursing shortage.    



There are two ways to become a Friend of the SCNRS – and two ways you can help.

  • Friend of the SCNRS – Monthly contribution 
  • Friend of the SCNRS- One-Time Large Lump Sum contribution 


A monthly contribution is a wonderful, and easy, way for you to be part of this initiative to help keep nurses here in Beaufort County and ensure quality healthcare for all in the years ahead.  For $100 a month, you can make a tremendous difference in our healthcare system – and be part of a legacy dedicated to supporting our valued healthcare heroes.

Each month, your recurring donation is automatically charged to your credit or debit card – making it a simple, eco-friendly process in enabling you to be part of this cause without additional time, effort and paperwork. 

A one-time large lump sum donation is a great way to not only contribute to this important cause and make an immediate impact on retention but to showcase your commitment to enhancing quality healthcare in Beaufort County to the entire community. We are asking that you contribute a Dollar amount to retain ONE nurse for some period of time.

One nurse,1year =$6,000

One nurse,4 years =$24,000

Large gifts to the SCNRS also enable you to recognize someone through having a scholarship named in their honor and to gain visibility for your family and/or business for your commitment to both this cause and Beaufort County’s future. 



Friends of the SCNRS enjoy the following benefits:

  • A special annual social event celebrating our achievements in attracting and retaining BSN nurses in Beaufort County
  • Exclusive updates on the SCNRS accomplishments and profiles of the nurses we retain
  • Recognition as a “Friend of the SCNRS” on our website, signage, and press mentions
  • Role as part of an exceptional group committed to enhancing quality healthcare in Beaufort County

Ready to join us? Become a “Friend of the SCNRS” today – and help us on this mission to keep nurses here in Beaufort County … and keep our healthcare system strong throughout the years to come.



The fund is administered by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry with the sole purpose of awarding recent Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) grads up to $24,000 over four years based on merit, dedication to the nursing profession, and financial need. Recipients of the scholarship must be employed in primary medical care in Beaufort County.