Scholarships

Overview:

The Swedish Institute maintains a scholarship fund to reward past, and encourage future, academic excellence in our students by providing a $500-$1,000 scholarship, renewable in the succeeding academic year, to help defray tuition, books, fees, supplies and equipment required for programs at the Institute. Maximum total award for any one scholarship will be $2,000.

Currently, all but one – the President’s Scholarship - honors individuals who are no longer with us and who made outstanding contributions to the development of the institution or whose lives exemplified the ideals of education in today’s world. Following is a description of these scholarships.

Institutional:

Patricia J. Eckardt Scholarship – This scholarship honors the memory of “Mrs. E” who was a former President and Director of the Institute, a remarkable woman and a great humanitarian who dedicated herself to the Swedish Institute and the field of Massage Therapy for more than 30 years. Open to any undergraduate student enrolled in one of the college’s degree programs. ($1,000 renewable annually)

President’s Scholarship – This scholarship recognizes academic achievement in matriculating students enrolled any one of the college’s Certificate programs. ($500 renewable annually)

Departmental:

Jennifer A. Plumhoff Scholarship – This scholarship honors the memory of Jennifer Plumhoff, a long-time faculty member who was instrumental in the development of the Off-Site Internship component of the Massage Therapy program. She was dedicated to bringing the benefits of massage therapy to the community. Open to students enrolled in the Massage Therapy degree program. ($1,000 renewable in subsequent academic year/s providing criteria are met.)

Theodore A. Melander Scholarship – This scholarship honors the memory of the founder of the Swedish Institute who brought a distinct method of massage and exercise physiology to this country. Open to students enrolled in the Advanced Personal Training degree program ($1,000) renewable in subsequent academic years, providing criteria are met.)

Richard G. Gilbert Scholarship – A long-time friend and benefactor of the Swedish Institute, Mr. Gilbert, former president of Denoyer-Geppert Science Company, devoted over 40 years to the field of education. Open to students enrolled in the Surgical Technology degree programs. ($1,000 renewable in subsequent academic year/s providing criteria are met.)

Nursing Scholarship – This scholarship is open to students enrolled in the Registered Nursing degree program. ($1,000 renewable in subsequent academic year/s providing criteria are met.)

Marissa Alp Scholarship – This honors the memory of Marissa Alp, a young woman who died suddenly of an undiagnosed heart condition. Marissa was a dedicated young woman with a passion for education who developed a creative approach to teaching that enabled her to connect deeply with her students and inspire them to learn in ways they never thought possible. Open to students in the Medical Assisting degree program. ($1,000 renewable in subsequent academic year/s providing criteria are met.)

Amount:

Each degree program scholarship, and the Patricia J. Eckardt Memorial Scholarship, has an award of $1,000, which will be divided by the remaining number of terms in that academic year and the amount will be applied to the tuition due for each of the remaining terms. The scholarship will be renewed in the following academic year providing student maintains the required GPA and any other academic requirements of the scholarship are met. Maximum total award for any one scholarship will be $2,000.

The President’s scholarship will award a maximum of $500 to one student enrolled in any eligible Certificate program. Award procedure is the same as for the degree: award will be divided by the remaining number of terms in the academic year and the amount will be applied to the tuition due for each of the remaining terms. The scholarship will be renewed in the following academic year providing the student maintains the required GPA and any other academic requirements of the scholarship are met.

Awards are made by a scholarship committee. More detailed information concerning eligibility, GPA requirements, Essay Topics and procedures is available on the Scholarship Application Form when published.