Recipients of the Church of the Brethren Nursing Scholarship share their passion for nursing

By Randi Rowan

The Church of the Brethren provides scholarships of up to $2,000 for RN and graduate nurse candidates and up to $1,000 for LPN candidates. These scholarships are awarded to a limited number of applicants each year, made possible by the Health, Education, and Research Endowment. Grants are available to members of the Church of the Brethren enrolled in LPN, RN, or nursing graduate programs.

Two of our nursing scholarship recipients share their passion for nursing:

After working as a physical therapy assistant, Emma Frederick was impacted by the nurses caring for her brother during a lengthy surgery and months of recovery. Inspired to return to school, she then pursued a career in nursing. As she explains, “Nursing is not only a career choice, but I see it as an excellent way for me to be the hands and feet of Jesus, serve others, and make an impact on my community. This scholarship is just one example of why I love being a part of the Church of the Brethren…and something much bigger than myself.”

Kenzie Goering’s ultimate goal is to be a nurse practitioner. She explains, “There is one thing I am certain of: nursing is the right path for me. After working as a CNA, doing a semester-long internship with a local hospital, and taking over two-and-a-half years’ worth of classes towards a BSN degree, I can confidently say that being a nurse is absolutely what I want to do with my life. I love the science involved in nursing just as much as I love the art of caring for patients. Serving others while making their life better–no matter what stage of life they’re in–is important to me. I still struggle with all the uncertainties of life. Despite this mild anxiety about my future and all the things that aren’t in my control, the thought of caring for people as a nurse in a few, short years redirects my focus and reassures me that I am exactly where I need to be. Receiving this scholarship will lighten my load immensely and make my dream seem a little less out of reach.”

Information on the scholarships, including the application form and instructions, is available at

Applications and supporting documentation are due by April 1 of each year.

— Randi Rowan is program assistant for the Church of the Brethren’s Discipleship Ministries.


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