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Mary Ella Ruff Nursing Scholarship

The Mary Ella Ruff Nursing Scholarship program has been established in honor of Mary Ella Ruff, a model Self Regional nurse. The Mary Ella Ruff Nursing Scholarship awards scholarships annually to individuals planning to enroll in a certified nursing program in the State of South Carolina or to a practicing nurse who wishes to advance his or her professional skills. The value of the scholarship is $1,000.00 and the number of scholarships awarded will be determined based on available funding at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.All applications will be accepted through March 31 and the scholarship winners will be announced on May 1. Click here for an application.


Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing Scholarship

The Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing Scholarship program has been established in memory of Charlotte Blackwell, a beloved Self Regional nurse. The Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing Scholarship will award a scholarship(s) annually to individuals planning to enroll in a certified nursing program at either Lander University or Piedmont Technical College or to a practicing nurse who wishes to advance his or her professional skills at those schools. The value of the scholarship is $1,000.00 and the number of scholarships given each year will be determined based on available funding at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee. All applications will be accepted through March 31 and the scholarship winners will be announced on May 1. Click here for an application. Click here for an application (Critical Care).


Frank Spoone Memorial Respiratory Therapy Scholarship

The Frank Spoone Memorial Scholarship was established by friends and colleagues of Mr. Spoone in 2004. Frank was one of Self Regional Healthcare’s most dedicated and unique Respiratory Therapists. This scholarship is intended for second year Respiratory Therapy students who attend Piedmont Technical College and wish to make a career at Self Regional Healthcare. The number of scholarships given each year and the value of the scholarships will be determined based on available funding at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee. Traditionally, awarded scholarships are $500 each. Each year, applications are accepted from September 1 - 30 and winners are recognized during Respiratory Care Week. Click here to download a cover letter and application for this scholarship.


May-Magruder Laboratory Scholarship

The May-Magruder Scholarship program has been established in memory of Dr. Hunter W. May and in honor of Dr. C. Herbert Magruder. Scholarships will be awarded to students accepted into an accredited laboratory education program and/or current laboratory professionals seeking to enhance their career with the aid of continuing education. The number of scholarships given each year and the value of the scholarships will be determined based on available funding at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee. Traditionally, awarded scholarships are $1,000.00 each. Each year, applications are accepted until March 31 and winners are announced during Laboratory Week in April. Click here for an application.


M. John and Drenda Heydel Respiratory Scholarship

The M. John and Drenda Heydel Respiratory Therapy Scholarship has been established in honor of former Self Regional Healthcare President and CEO, John Heydel and his wife, Drenda Heydel. Two Scholarships will be awarded annually to students enrolled at Piedmont Technical College in the Respiratory Therapy Program – one for Phase One students in the Spring and one for Phase Two students in the Fall. Each scholarship awarded will be for $1,000.00. Applications are accepted for Phase One students from January 1 until March 30 each year and Phase Two students from September 1 – 30 each year. Winners will be recognized during Respiratory Care Week.

Phase One Application – click here
Phase Two Application – click here


Members of the Mary Ella Ruff and Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing Scholarship committees pose with 2016 scholarship recipients. Pictured front row from left: Linda Russell-VP and CNO, Taylor Yonce, Taylor Curtis, Mary Ella Ruff, Lauren Haynes, Mary Anderson. Pictured back row from left: John Paguntalan, Ken Coffey-Foundation Executive Director, Cameron Miller, Caitlin McDonald, Cady Collins, Kaye Brock, Jim Pfeiffer-President and CEO.

The Self Regional Healthcare Foundation hosted its annual nursing scholarship luncheon in June and awarded 8 scholarships for a combined amount of $8,000.

The recipients for the 2016 Mary Ella Ruff scholarships are Lauren Haynes, Andrea Pope, Taylor Curtis, and Cady Collins, all of Greenwood, and Taylor Yonce of Johnston.

The Mary Ella Ruff Nursing scholarship was established in honor of one of Self Regional Healthcare’s most dedicated and influential nurses, Mary Ella Ruff, who retired in 1978 after 35 years of service. This scholarship is awarded to persons enrolled in a certified nursing program in the state of South Carolina or to practicing nurses who are advancing their professional skills. The total amount distributed for the Mary Ella Ruff Nursing Scholarship was $5,000 with each winner receiving $1,000.

The recipients for the 2016 Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing scholarship are Caitlin McDonald, Cameron Miller, and Mary Parks Anderson all of Greenwood.

Since 2005, the Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing Scholarship has been awarded to deserving students who wish to spend their careers at Self Regional Healthcare after completing nursing programs at Lander University or Piedmont Technical College. In 2013, an extension of the Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing Scholarship was created to award a critical care nurse at Self Regional with a scholarship to help fund attendance to the annual NTI Critical Care Conference. The total amount distributed for the Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing scholarship was $3,000 with each winner receiving $1,000.

The Self Regional Healthcare Foundation’s scholarship program is built on community campaigns and fundraising that ensures qualified and talented individuals have the opportunity to pursue a career in healthcare.


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