Mae F. Keefer Nursing Scholarship

The Mae F. Keefer Nursing Scholarship was established in 1988 by the Hospital’s Board of Directors to recognize the longstanding dedication and contribution to the profession of nursing by Mrs. Mae F. Keefer, retired Director of Nursing at Evangelical. 

Eligibility/Continued Eligibility

Candidates for the Mae F. Keefer 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

Keefer 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 Mae F. Keefer 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 Mae F. Keefer 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

Mrs. Mae Keefer retired in 1988 after a 40-year career in nursing - more than 37 of those years at Evangelical Community Hospital. A graduate of Milton High School and the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing, she completed her clinical training in the World War II Cadet Nurse Corps at Mount Alto Veterans Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Following initial service as a general duty nurse in Williamsport, Mrs. Keefer began general duty nursing at Evangelical’s original location which was located across the highway from the current hospital. She was promoted to second shift supervisor just two weeks after the opening of the new hospital in 1953. In 1970, she was named Director of Nursing.


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.