Both the Doris Smith Scholarship and the Van Orsdel Scholarship originally were set up as scholarship funds and later turned into a combined endowment. Benefis Foundation administers the Smith/Van Orsdel Nursing Scholarship for Montana State University nursing students seeking a bachelor’s or master’s degree. The award amount is subject to change each year and is for books and tuition only.
Applicant must meet the following criteria:
Be a Montana State University – Bozeman nursing student enrolled in the MSU degree program at Great
Falls Extended Campus.
Identify professional goals.
Have attained junior or higher status and be actively seeking either a bachelor of science or a Master of
Have an accumulated grade point average of 2.75 or higher.
Demonstrate leadership abilities and show sound clinical performance.
Demonstrate service to community, the college of nursing and/or your profession.
Submit a written letter of recommendation from MSU Nursing Faculty member or supervisor.
If you are a Benefis Health System employee you need to submit a letter of recommendation from your
Completed Consent and Disclosure form.
Year of Need: College Senior, 1st Year Grad, 2nd Year Grad,
Num Awards: 1
Min Award: Varies
Max Award: Varies
Benefis Healthcare Foundation, Inc.
Attn: Healthcare Scholarship Program, 1101 26th St S, South Tower P.O. Box 7008
Great Falls, MT 59406-7008
Phone: 406-455-5840 or 1-800-544-7798
Fax: Fax: (406) 455-4821