Want to be a nurse? Get your senior year free!

Nursing students can complete their senior year tuition-free!*


All students enrolled in the University of Mary Nursing Program on the main campus in Bismarck can qualify for as much as $15,000 in scholarships, that's senior year tuition-free!

Applicants must:

  • Enroll in the University of Mary Nursing Program;
  • Be accepted to the nursing program;
  • Enter their senior year of study with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Intend to seek employment with any nationwide CHI healthcare; organization, including CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck, following graduation.

How do I apply?

There is no separate application required for this scholarship at the time of admission, though students will complete a CHI Nursing Scholarship Letter of Intent. Students who qualify will receive notification from the Financial Aid Office regarding their offer while completing their junior year of nursing. At this time you’ll be asked to complete appropriate forms.

Can I still earn other scholarships?

The CHI Nursing Scholarship covers the gap remaining between a student’s other institutional scholarships--such as a Sr. Thomas Welder Scholarship and athletic scholarships up to the full price of tuition for the student’s senior year. The CHI Nursing Scholarship does not allow for awarded institutional scholarships or grants to extend beyond the full cost of tuition, which is the maximum amount of aid offered through the award.

What does this scholarship cover?

Eligible students will receive as much as $15,000 toward their senior year tuition. This scholarship does not cover fees, room, and/or board.

How do I start the process?

What if I am a transfer student?

Students who transfer to the University of Mary qualify for a prorated CHI Nursing Scholarship.

Why doesn’t this program include other majors?

CHI worked closely with University officials to set-up scholarships that address healthcare workforce demands.

Who is Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI)?

Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where it provides care. One of the nation’s largest health systems, Englewood, Colo.-based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 93 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals and 24 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2013, CHI provided $762 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. Learn more at catholichealthinitiatives.com.

Who is the University of Mary?

As a Christian, Catholic, Benedictine institution, the University of Mary offers education for the whole of life through cutting-edge professional programs grounded in a solid liberal arts tradition.

Founded in 1959 by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, Mary offers nearly 60 undergraduate programs, 13 master’s programs, and two doctoral programs in Physical Therapy and Nursing Practice. Mary has locations in North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Missouri, Kansas, Arizona, Rome, and Italy as well as engaging online offerings taught by vibrant faculty and experts in their fields.

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

Our admissions representatives are here to answer your questions. Call us at 800-288-6279, or email [email protected].


*To qualify for the maximum CHI Nursing Scholarship benefit, eligible applicants must enter the University of Mary as a first-time freshman or have completed six full-time semesters of enrollment prior to entering their senior year of nursing.