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Providence Scholars Program

The Providence Scholars Program, a partnership between Providence Health and Services (PH&S) and the University of Portland, was created to address the national nursing shortage. Providence Scholars receive tuition assistance in the final five semesters of their Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (junior and senior years). A UP Grant of 25% coupled with assistance from PH&S gives students tuition coverage of just over 80%. The student will sign a three-year, full-time employment contract with PH&S in exchange for tuition coverage.

We strongly urge inquirers to carefully read the following Providence Scholar Program FAQs.

Providence Scholars Program FAQs

Eligibility Requirements

  • Admission into the University of Portland School of Nursing

  • Achieve a minimum cumulative 3.25 GPA and cumulative 3.25 science GPA for required science courses

  • Authorized to work in the United States at the time of admission to the University

Providence Scholars Program Application

The next opportunity to apply for the Providence Scholars Program is September 1, 2019 through February 1, 2020. Eligible applicants include current University of Portland BSN students who will be entering junior year, fall 2020 and transfer students who will be entering the BSN program summer 2021. Application contents may be viewed via the 2019 Providence Scholars Program Application template. The 2020 application template will be posted in the summer, prior to the next application period.

2019 Providence Scholars Program Application template (PDF format).

Providence Scholars Program Fast Facts

  • The Providence Scholars Program offers selected students tuition assistance for their junior and senior years in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University of Portland. A UP Grant of 25% coupled with assistance from PH&S gives students tuition coverage of just over 80%.

  • Providence Scholars Awards will replace any previously awarded University of Portland aid (this includes merit scholarships and institutional grants). Financial aid award questions should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid.

  • Students will sign a three-year, full-time employment contract with Providence in exchange for the tuition payment.

  • Clinical placement will be based on facility needs throughout the state of Oregon. These facilities include: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Providence Portland Medical Center, Providence Milwaukie Hospital, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, Providence Newberg Hospital, Providence Seaside Hospital, Providence Medford Medical Center, the Center for Medically Fragile Children in Portland, Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center and the Benedictine Center in Mt Angel.

  • For more information on the Providence Scholars Program, contact the School of Nursing at 503.943.7211 or nursing@up.edu.