Avera Scholars Application

    The Avera Scholars Program invites high school seniors planning to major in nursing at Mount Marty University to apply for $20,000 in funding for the third and fourth years of schooling (a total of $40,000). This education loan program offers a unique opportunity for nursing students to gain experience through a work commitment with Avera. Once they work as nurses for three years at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD after graduating from Mount Marty University, the loans will be forgiven. These nursing students will also get first-hand experience in health care by working at least eight hours a week in a paid employment role at Avera during their time at the University. Jump to application below.
    Applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • Cumulative unweighted high school GPA of 2.8 or higher.
    • Composite ACT score of 20 or higher
    • Plan on majoring in Nursing at Mount Marty University
    For continued eligibility and funding, Avera Scholars must:
    1. Work eight hours per week in the Avera system each year while enrolled at Mount Marty University (this is a paid position)
    2. Pledge to work at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD full-time for three years following their graduation

    Please submit the application below by March 15th to be considered for the Avera Scholars Program. The Avera Scholars Committee will review all applications and invite selected candidates to interview with the Committee in March and April.

    Questions? Please reach out to the Admission Office!
    Phone: 605-668-1545
    Email: admission@mountmarty.edu

    About Avera Health

    The Avera Health system has 20,000 employees and physicians, serving more than 300 locations and 100 communities in a five-state region. Our ministry, our people and our superior value distinguish Avera. We carry on the health care legacy of the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters, delivering care in an environment guided by our values of compassion, hospitality and stewardship. For more information about Avera, visit our website at Avera.org.

    About Mount Marty University

    Founded in 1936 by the Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery, Mount Marty University is a Catholic, Benedictine institution of higher education located along the bluffs of the Missouri River in Yankton, South Dakota, with additional locations in Watertown and Sioux Falls. Mount Marty offers undergraduate and graduate degrees with particular focus on student and alumni success in high-demand fields such as health sciences, education, criminal justice, business, accounting, recreation management and more. A community of learners in the Benedictine tradition, Mount Marty emphasizes academic excellence and develops well-rounded students with intellectual competence, professional and personal skills and moral, spiritual and social values. To learn more, visit mountmarty.edu.