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Applications Now Available For Franklin County Nursing Scholarship

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The Franklin County Commissioners are pleased to announce that applications for the 2023 Franklin County Nursing Scholarship are now available.

The scholarship program provides financial assistance to Franklin County high school seniors who have been accepted into an accredited four-year nursing program. Six one-time scholarships of $2,500 will be awarded to local students.

Applicants must submit an essay, briefly indicating short- and long-term goals pertaining to nursing school, along with a scholarship application, an official high school transcript and three letters of reference, including one from their high school guidance counselor. Students must also have a minimum 2.5 GPA, participate in both extracurricular and community service activities, and demonstrate a financial need for the scholarship.

Scholarship instructions and applications are available from area high school guidance counselors as well as on the “How Do I Apply For” page of the Franklin County website, All applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. March 17.

Recipients will be determined by a committee of local healthcare professionals and Franklin County representatives. Winners will be announced during their schools’ scholarship ceremonies and will also be recognized during a Franklin County Commissioners’ meeting. Funds are directly deposited applied toward tuition and/or room and board, per each student’s request.

“There’s a great need for skilled nurses in our area,” said Franklin County Commissioner Chairman Dave Keller. “When we established this scholarship program in 2017, it was with the goal of encouraging local students to enter the nursing field while hoping those individuals would ultimately return to Franklin County to serve their communities. We are pleased to continue supporting these efforts to assist our youth pursue their goals and to bolster the local healthcare industry.”

For more information on the 2023 Franklin County Nursing Scholarship, contact the Franklin County Human Resources Department at 717-261-3150 or visit


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