Gift Destinations

Our scholarships are more than a chance for students to further their education, they're an investment in the future of health care. Riverside's commitment to education began over 100 years ago with the opening of our Training School for Nurses, now the Riverside College of Health Careers.

With the ever increasing costs of higher education, financial assistance to deserving students is critical. Through support from our community and generous donors, the Foundation is able to help students achieve their educational goals.

You can give aspiring health care providers an opportunity to act on their passion and become the remarkable caregivers of tomorrow but contributing any amount to these scholarships or to the Riverside College of Health Careers Make a Difference Fund. Give now.

Students who wish to submit an application for the 2021-2022 academic year are encouraged to review all of the scholarship awards below.


Riverside Foundation Administered Awards

Applications will open for the Fall term on Monday, May 10, 2021. All applications must be submitted by Tuesday, June 1, 2021 for consideration.

The Patriots Colony Team Member Scholarship application has a different application timeline. Please see below for more details. 

This annual scholarship was established to honor Mary Anne Talbot Evans for her lifelong work and dedication to surgical services.

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Eligibility and Requirements
Student must be enrolled in the Riverside College of Health Careers Surgical Technology program or a nursing program with plans to pursue a career in surgical services.
Along with a completed application, students should submit:

  • Two academic or work letters of recommendation and academic transcripts
  • 500 word personal essay demonstrating a personal interest in surgical services

The Bates Education Scholarship was established by James and Nancy Bates, along with their family, for the purpose of advancing educational opportunities for students who demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism in their community.

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Eligibility and Requirements

Students must be enrolled at the Riverside College of Health Careers OR a volunteer OR a current Team Member at Riverside Doctor's Hospital Williamsburg.
Along with a completed application, students should submit:

  • Two academic or work letters of recommendation and academic transcripts
  • Documentation of volunteer service hours
  • 500 word personal essay that shares how volunteerism is important to you

This annual scholarship was established in memory of Florence Gomez Fiscella, honoring her steadfast commitment to education and community organizations, along with her devotion to family, faith and her patients.

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Eligibility and Requirements
Students must be enrolled at the Riverside College of Health Careers to become a Licensed Practical Nurse through the Practical Nursing Program. This award is renewable for the entirety of the degree/certificate if deemed appropriate.
Along with an completed application, students should submit:

  • Two academic or work letters of recommendation and academic transcripts
  • 500 word personal essay describing the importance of compassion in patient care

Gerald (Jerry) Brink, served as President and CEO of Riverside Regional Medical Center and Executive Vice President of Riverside Health System before retiring in 2004 after 40 years of service. Mr. Brink is remembered at Riverside as someone who cared deeply for the people who worked for and with him. This scholarship was established to honor his legacy.

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Eligibility and Requirements

Students must be enrolled at the Riverside College of Health Careers and pursuing an education and career in Radiation Technology. Award is based an attendance, GPA and clinical performance.
Along with a completed application, students should submit:

  • Two academic or work letters of recommendation and academic transcripts
  • 500 word essay describing what leadership means to you

The Health Care Heroes Scholarship honors several Riverside family members including Leslie D. Mask, Anna Weston, Judy Lee, Joyce Johnson, Robyn Gohsman and Lydia Hall. These individuals' lives and contributions as healthcare professionals made them heroes to all who knew them.

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Eligibility and Requirements

Student must be enrolled at the Riverside College of Health Careers or an approved local health care program. Award is based on GPA and excellence in clinical performance.

Along with a completed application, students should submit:

  • Two academic or work letters of recommendation and academic transcripts
  • 500 word personal essay that demonstrates a life-changing event you have overcome and why you have chosen to pursue a career in health care

The Jean Raines Family Scholarship was established by Riverside Health System and the family of Jean Raines to honor her forty-year commitment and dedication to nursing and education at Riverside Health System.

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Eligibility and Requirements
Student must be enrolled at the Riverside College of Health Careers in any healthcare program.
Along with a completed application, students should submit:

  • Two academic or work letters of recommendation and academic transcripts
  • 500 word personal essay that expresses what education means to you

Patriots Colony is proud to offer scholarship opportunities to individuals who currently serve at our facility and have a desire to pursue professional training through education.

Applications will open for the Fall term on September 1, 2021. All applications must be submitted by September 30, 2021 for consideration.
Applications will open for the Spring term on April 1, 2022. All applications must be submitted by April 30, 2022 for consideration. 
 

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To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

· Have at least 6 months of full-time, continuous employment at Patriots Colony or at least one year of continuous part-time employment at time of application deadline.

· Demonstrate a commitment to Riverside’s mission and care difference principles.

· Understand that preference is given for team members with prior Champions of Caring nomination.

· Agree to remain at Patriots Colony in full time capacity up to 24 months after graduation. Time will be commensurate with the course length and the amount of the scholarship awarded and may be for as little as 6 months.

· Maintain a GPA of 3.0 throughout their program.
 
· Have demonstrated need for financial assistance.

· Take programs or courses that have a benefit to Riverside Health System and the continuing care of the residents of Patriots Colony (e.g., CNA, LPN, RN, Medical Assistant, HVAC, Environmental Services Technician, Food Services, etc.).
 
The following items are required to be considered:

· Completed on-line application form

· Documentation of need (financial aid letter or student notification)

· Letter of recommendation from your direct supervisor or department manager

· Documentation of program cost and duration

· A copy of the W-9 from the institution you attend

· A one-page essay about how this educational opportunity will benefit you
 
Applications can only be processed once all required documentation is provided by the applicant. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
 
Questions?  Please email michele.benson@rivhs.com or call the Riverside Foundation at 757-234-8740. 

 

The Petro & Sanderson Educational Support scholarship was established to encourage the pursuit of educational requirements to become a future healthcare provider for those who demonstrate a commitment to the field and a personal connection to the mission and vision of Riverside Health System.

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Eligibility and Requirements

Students must be enrolled at the Riverside College of Health Careers with a minimum academic average of 3.2. This award is renewable for the entirety of the degree/certificate if deemed appropriate.
Along with a completed application, students should submit:

  • Two academic or work letters of recommendation and academic transcripts
  • 500 word personal essay sharing your reflections and connection to the mission of Riverside, to care for others as we would care for those we love

This scholarship was established in 2003 to honor the service and leadership of Willie P. Francis in nursing education over a forty-six year career at Riverside Regional Medical Center.

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Eligibility and Requirements
Student must be enrolled at the Riverside College of Health Careers pursuing a career in mother/baby nursing or a Birthing and Family Health Services team member at Riverside Regional Medical Center or Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital.
Along with a completed application, students should submit:

  • Two academic or work letters of recommendation and academic transcripts
  • 500 word personal essay that demonstrates personal interest in pursuing education in the maternal-child health field
  • Proof of employment in a Riverside Birthing and Family Services department (if applicable)

Riverside College of Health Careers Administered Awards

To apply for Nursing Scholarships click here.

To apply for Allied Health Scholarships click here.

If you are an RN to BSN student, please click here to apply.

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Ernest E. Howard established this scholarship in memory of his late wife Carolyn, who was employed by Riverside for more than 35 years as a Licensed Practical Nurse and Surgical Technologist. Carolyn was also a committed student advocate and instructor at Riverside's College of Health Careers.

Eligibility and Requirements
Students must be enrolled at the Riverside College of Health Careers pursuing an education and career in Surgical Technology. Award is based on attendance, GPA and clinical performance provided by faculty recommendation.

This award was established by Marvin Zukerman, in memory of his wife Clarise Clark Zukerman, who was a nurse at Riverside Regional Medical Center.

Eligibility and Requirements
Student must be enrolled in the Professional Nursing Program at the Riverside College of Health Careers with demonstrated financial need and a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Upon her retirement from the IV Therapy Team at Riverside Regional Medical Center, this scholarship was established in honor of Crystal Hudgins Waller's 46 years in the Nursing field.

Eligibility and Requirements
Student must be enrolled in the Professional Nursing Program at the Riverside College of Health Careers, a resident of the Mathews/Gloucester Virginia area and demonstrate financial need.

Inspired by the life of Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans, an extraordinary philanthropist and business woman, the Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship is made possible by charitable gifts from a private foundation. Numerous awards are available for qualified females pursuing and education in the nursing field.

Eligibility and Requirements
Students must be enrolled in, or be an applicant to, the Riverside College of Health Careers Professional Nursing Program. In accordance with the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation requirements, scholarships are awarded to Christian women with financial need, who reside in the state of Virginia, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

The Nurse in the Hat scholarship was established in memory of Linda Handley, a Registered Nurse at Riverside Regional Medical Center and Riverside Walter Reed Hospital. Linda was famous for always wearing her nurses' cap. To her it was an outward sign of her commitment to nursing and her patients.

Eligibility and Requirements
Applicants must be a second year student enrolled in the Professional Nursing Program at the Riverside College of Health Careers and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Ruby Pope Drumm earned her Nursing degree from Riverside in 1948 and enjoyed a career as an officer and RN in the United States Air Force. This annual scholarship was established in her honor upon receipt of a generous bequest to the Riverside School of Professional Nursing.

Eligibility and Requirements
Students must be enrolled or be an applicant to the Nursing Program at the Riverside College of Health Careers. Applicants must demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in prerequisite courses and enrolled students must have have 3.0 in completed coursework. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need.

The Spirit of Nursing Scholarship was established by an anonymous donor in memory of a loved one who received wonderful care while hospitalized at Riverside Regional Medical Center.

Eligibility and Requirements
Student must be enrolled in the Professional Nursing Program at the Riverside College of Health Careers. Award is based on GPA and excellence in clinical performance.

Throughout the year, the Riverside College of Health Careers receives notifications from various local and professional organizations offering scholarships and grants to students. Students who have completed the general Nursing or Allied Health scholarship application that meet the initial requirements to be considered for these opportunities will be notified via e-mail further information for award consideration.

For more information on scholarship opportunities, please call the Riverside Foundation at 757-234-8740 or email riversidefoundationscholarships@rivhs.com.