The purpose of the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program is to improve the diversity of the healthcare workforce, and the supply of healthcare practitioners to medically underserved areas. The goals of the SDS program at Francis Marion University are to increase resources enabling disadvantaged graduate (MSN/FNP) nursing students to become primary care advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), to facilitate undergraduate disadvantaged students to enter the MSN/FNP program by reducing educational debt, and to increase the number of underrepresented minority students attaining their MSN/FNP degrees to decrease workforce disparities.


  • Scholarship amounts vary
  • Scholarships may cover full tuition as well as other educational expenses such as fees, books, and reasonable living expenses
  • Scholarships may not exceed student’s financial need as determined by FAFSA and FMU’s Department of Financial Assistance
  • Eligibility for an award does not guarantee a scholarship, as funding is limited


  1. Be from a disadvantaged background;
  2. Has a financial need for a scholarship;
  3. Be enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) as a full-time MSN/FNP student;
  4. Be a citizen of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Federated States of Micronesia;
  5. Live in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina.

To Apply

Click here to download the application form.

Return completed applications to:

Suzan M. Orrico, Grant Manager
CCHS 353
PO Box 100547
Florence, SC 29502-0547

The deadline for applications is July 6, 2018.

More Information

For any questions about the SDS grant or the application process please contact:

Suzan M. Orrico, Grant Manager

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant #T08HP30146, Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students, $532,256, 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.