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Jeffrey A. Mattos Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Funded by
1st winner$1,068
2nd winner$1,066
3rd winner$1,066
Application Deadline
Apr 16, 2022
Winners Announced
May 10, 2022
Education Level
Undergraduate, Graduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Black/African American
2.5 or higher
Career Field:
PA or DE
Education Level:
Undergraduate or graduate student

Jeffrey grew up in North Philadelphia with a love for education and went on to serve in the US Navy. After completing his service, Jeffrey finished his nursing training and worked as an RN for more than 30 years.

This scholarship seeks to support young women of color who are following Jeffrey’s path and pursuing careers in nursing.

Any black female undergraduate or graduate student in Pennsylvania or Delaware with at least a 2.5 GPA, and an interest in nursing may apply for this scholarship.

To apply, tell us what inspired you to pursue nursing and how you plan on helping your community through your career.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published January 29, 2022
Essay Topic

Who or what inspired you to get into the nursing field and how do you plan on giving back to your community through your career?

400–600 words

Winning Applications

Amoura Frazier
Camden County CollegePhiladelphia, PA
Tara Brown
Gwynedd Mercy UniversityPhiladelphia, PA
My name is Tara Brown, and I am a sophomore nursing student from Philadelphia. Pa. I am a first-generation college student, and I aspire to become a Community Health Nurse Practitioner that assists individuals in marginalized communities. It has been statistically shown that approximately 9.9 percent of Registered Nurses are African American. Of the nearly 2 million registered nurses in the United States, this percentage is significantly low; however, it exemplifies the need for more representation for African Americans in health care. African American patients are more subject to neglect, disdain, and other racial disparities within health care settings than other ethnicities, and the deadly cycle must be stopped. As a black woman, and one from a predominantly black neighborhood and city that does not place health care as a priority, it is my goal to be a community health provider so that I not only possess the knowledge, but the power to save lives. Growing up in West Philadelphia, I have seen and experienced the impact of being a part of a lower socioeconomic class. Individuals within underserved communities lack access to various resources, including adequate healthcare. As a result, comorbidities and mortality rates tend to be higher within these communities. Thus, I have been inspired to pursue a career in community health that will help alleviate the inaccessibility these communities face. In addition to working in poverty-stricken communities, some of my goals relative to community health are working with the homeless population and drug rehabilitation facilities. I hope to have an impact on the maintenance and care of the health and well-being of these individuals, as they are often disregarded in society. I dream of one day opening a nondiscriminatory practice within underserved communities that will holistically assist all individuals with their health regardless of their background or ability to pay.
Teja Brown
Duquesne UniversityPittsburgh, PA


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 16, 2022. Winners will be announced on May 10, 2022.

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