Crystal Snyder Nursing Scholarship

The Crystal Snyder Nursing Scholarship Fund was established in 2008 by family, friends, and The Degenstein Foundation to honor the memory of Crystal Snyder. This Fund was established to provide annual scholarship support for local nursing students living in Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties. First preference will be given to students from Shikellamy High School in Sunbury, PA.

Eligibility/Continued Eligibility

Candidates for the Crystal Snyder Nursing Scholarship must meet the following requirements:

  • All application materials submitted by April 1.
  • Have a diploma or equivalent from an accredited high school in Union, Snyder, or Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.
  • Demonstrate financial need based on the estimated out of pocket contribution after applying other federal, state, and private grants.
  • Possess an excellent academic record, as demonstrated by high school or college transcripts, or possess an excellent service record in the armed forces provided with application for scholarship.
  • Provide a copy of a letter of acceptance to an accredited secondary school for the purpose of pursuing a degree for a career as a respiratory therapist, medical technologist, clinical laboratory scientist, cytotechnologist, or physical therapist.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from the following: teachers, coaches, employers or clergy, or other professional references.
  • Write an essay of not more than two pages describing your reason for pursuing a career in the healthcare field (for new applicants) or describing the biggest lessons learned during the academic year related to a career in the chosen healthcare field (for renewal applicants).

At least one new award will be made each year to support the academic studies of a qualified nursing student. Scholarships will be available to each recipient on a yearly basis for a maximum of four years. Evidence of a continued interest in professional nursing and a satisfactory academic standing in a professional nursing education program must be demonstrated by the recipient. Continued eligibility will be reviewed annually by the Scholarship Committee.

How Funds are Distributed

Crystal Snyder Nursing Scholarships are provided using the interest from an endowment fund. Each year there are more applicants than there are scholarships available. The number of scholarship recipients and the amounts of individual awards will be determined by the Scholarship Committee. Scholarship payment is made directly to the school of the student’s choice.

How to Apply

Applications for the Crystal Snyder Nursing Scholarship are available through high school guidance offices in Snyder, Union, and Northumberland counties, in the Nursing Administration office at the Hospital and at Completed applications are due by April 1st and may be submitted to Evangelical’s Nursing Administration office. Inquires may be made at any time at (570) 522-2804.


Recipients of the Crystal Snyder Nursing Scholarships will be encouraged to participate in activities at Evangelical Community Hospital such as the student nurse intern program, health fairs, and recruitment fairs. The Hospital’s Department of Nursing will coordinate these activities.

About the Honoree

Crystal Snyder was a resident of Sunbury, Pa., and 1979 graduate of Shikellamy High School. Her healthcare experience came as a lab technician for Pagana and Pagana-DeFazio, MDs, in Sunbury. Crystal was a devoted mother of five sons. She was also devoted to her community, driving school bus for 15 years and coaching soccer for AYSO as her children grew up. Her hobby was gardening. She was a Penn State Master Gardner and owned a greenhouse called Serenity Place. Crystal died on October 23, 2006, at the age of 45.


The scholarship does not exclude applicants from consideration because of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, or non-job related handicap or disability.

Evangelical Community Hospital reserves the right to make changes, amendments, and/or modifications to the operation of the Scholarship Fund.