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Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Applications Available Through Samaritan Foundation

Published on: June 1, 2021

The Samaritan Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 4th annual Susan Peters Nursing Scholarship.

Susan Peters, a retired nurse from Samaritan Medical Center, established the scholarship in 2018 through the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation for registered nurses (RNs) looking to advance their careers as nurse practitioners. Two scholarships of $2,000 are awarded each year.

Sadly, Mrs. Peters passed away in March 2020. She graduated from the former House of the Good Samaritan School of Nursing and served as a staff RN and a nurse manager of Samaritan’s Medical/Surgical, Orthopaedic and Alternate Level of Care units for more than 20 years. She retired from Samaritan Medical Center in 1999 as a certified oncology nurse.

“Susan so generously established this scholarship to promote the nurse practitioner profession because she felt there is an increasing need for these professionals due to the nationwide shortage of physicians,” said Beth Fipps, Vice President of Samaritan Foundation and Community Services.

Nurse practitioners are able to provide many of the same services as physicians, including developing treatment plans for their patients, ordering tests, performing minor procedures and prescribing medication.

The 2020 Susan Peters Nursing Scholarship recipients were Cindy Keenan and Lindsey Williams.

The application period for the Susan Peters Nursing Scholarship opens June 1, 2021 and concludes July 15, 2021. A scholarship award announcement will take place on August 1, 2021.

To be eligible for this scholarship, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be an RN with a minimum of two full years’ working experience. RNs currently working for Samaritan Medical Center preferred, but not mandatory.
  • Medical/Surgical experience preferred but not necessary.
  • Must be a resident of either Jefferson or Lewis County, New York
  • Eligible to apply after successful completion of first semester in a Nurse Practitioner program with at least a B average.

As part of the application, RNs must describe why they are pursuing their nurse practitioner degree and where, as well as whether or not they have a financial need. Two letters of recommendation and a transcript must be submitted with the application to support the applicant’s pursuit of a nurse practitioner degree.

For more information, or to obtain a scholarship application, please contact the Samaritan Foundation at 315-785-4584 or visit Completed forms can be emailed or mailed to or 830 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601.

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