The family of the late Elma R. Ratliff will be awarding two $1,000.00 scholarships with a 1-week career development component at Saint Peter’s University Hospital (including mentoring, job shadowing and a culminating project). The scholarship is offered to New Brunswick High School and New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School alumni who: (1) are currently enrolled as “sophomores” in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program at an accredited 4-year college or university; (2) will continue to matriculate at a 4-year college or university in the fall 2016; (3) has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale; (4) are highly motivated and aspire to obtain a career in nursing; and (5) exemplifies a commitment to leadership and service.


The application for the Elma R. Ratliff Nursing Career Scholarships at Saint Peter’s University Hospital must be completed and submitted by Monday, May 2, 2016.


The recipients will be recognized at the New Brunswick Education Foundation’s (NBEF) Tenth Anniversary Celebration on Friday, June 17, 2016 at The Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27 in Edison, NJ. The recipients may also be acknowledged via the Saint Peter’s Healthcare System and/or NBEF newsletters and websites.


The actual scholarship awards will be sponsored, administered, and allocated by NBEF as follows: (1) the recipients will receive $250.00 upon completing the career development component at Saint Peter’s University Hospital; and (2) the $750.00 scholarship balance, with a written designation for use, will be forwarded on behalf of the recipients directly to the college or university that he/she attends.


Elma R. Ratliff, a native of Mississippi arrived in New Brunswick in 1966 at the tender age of 25. A geriatric nurse’s aide by profession, she embraced the world of health care and helping others. Ms. Ratliff was a true role model and personified faith, determination and the type of perseverance that enabled her to raise and nurture 11 children, who all attended the New Brunswick Public Schools.


For more information on the Elma R. Ratliff Nursing Career Scholarships at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, contact the NBEF Office via e-mail at: scholarships@nbefonline.org.