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Scholarship History


WAMMC has a long history of supporting quality nursing at Morristown Medical Center. Early on, the Association helped staff the hospital with nurses, and assisted with their housing and uniforms. In 1957, this interest evolved into a formal Scholarship Program, funded entirely by private donations. At that time, one scholarship of $500 would pay tuition costs for the entire three-year program.

As tuition costs rose and recipient financial needs increased, generous donations made annually by WAMMC members, continued to underwrite the program. However, the early 1990s brought an economic downturn, which slowed the brisk pace of donations to the Scholarship Program, and necessitated a new approach to ensure the program's future.

Since its inception, the Scholarship Program has supported the professional staff at Morristown Medical Center by granting scholarships to high school graduates, and qualified hospital employees pursuing careers in the health care field.

A Scholarship Trust Fund was established in 1995, with all scholarship contributions directly benefiting the fund. Presently, the Scholarship Committee spends only the interest generated annually by the fund. In this way, the invested principal remains intact, securing both the fund’s future, and the Scholarship Program's mission.

Since 1995, the steady growth of the fund has allowed WAMMC to consistently increase both the number of scholarships offered and the amount of funding awarded. For example, since 2007 WAMMC increased the number of scholarships offered from 4 to 8, and the total amount of funding awarded annually from $10,000 to $20,000. WAMMC largely attributes the steady growth of this program to the hard work of successful fundraising and the generous donations of WAMMC members.

What are we looking for? The committee is in search of MMC or ARI employees with a proven employment record, rooted in the nursing profession. Our candidates typically possess high-ranking employee evaluations and are often described as, "Among the best in the department.” The candidates are often leaders in their field as members of honorary societies, as hospital committee chairs, or as participants in department studies. It is not unusual for our scholars to be as actively engaged in their local community, as they are in the workplace. All scholars must maintain a solid academic record with grades of A’s or B’s to receive scholarship funding. Finally, applicants must enroll in either a course with recognized health care accreditation, or a review program, or be accepted for a clinical experience at MMC or an ARI department.


Important Dates:

October 1 Applications and other pertinent information are available through the office of Karen Johnson 973 971-5480973 971-5480 or kjohnson@atlantichealth.org
February 1 Completed application must be delivered to the office of Karen Johnson, F1, in the Women's Association/Volunteer Wing
March 1 Scholarships are awarded