The Doris A. Brelage Nursing Scholarship Application Is Now Open

Friday, May 21, 2021 at 3:42 PM

By Ripley County Community Foundation

Applications are due by 11:59pm on June 1, 2021.

(Ripley County, 2021) The Ripley County Community Foundation is accepting applications for the Doris A. Brelage Nursing Scholarship.

In 2008, the Batesville community lost a dedicated member, Doris A. Brelage, through an accidental death. As a Registered Nurse and EMS member, she spent 37 years at Margaret Mary Health in the capacities of Director of Nursing, Manager of Surgical Nursing and Infection Control Practitioner. Following her untimely death, the family established a scholarship endowment fund, the Doris A. Brelage Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund.

To qualify for the scholarship, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be a graduate of Batesville High School (Batesville, Indiana), or a nominee from a practicing nurse at Margaret Mary Health (Batesville). 
  • Applicant must have been admitted to an accredited nursing school, or must be an LPN (at any Batesville Health Care Facility) going into an RN program at an accredited nursing school.
  • Applicant must be preparing to begin his or her clinicals.
  • Applicant must obtain a written recommendation from an RN practicing at Margaret Mary Health (Batesville). This recommendation may not be written by a member of the selection committee or family member of the selection committee.
  • Applicant must demonstrate proven dedication to community service.
  • Applicant must demonstrate excellent people skills needed in the field of nursing including compassion, empathy, and a positive attitude.
  • Applicant must have a 2.8 or above GPA in college courses.

Applications are due by 11:59pm on June 1, 2021. The application is available on the Community Foundation’s website at With any questions or concerns, please contact the Ripley County Community Foundation via telephone at (812) 933-1098 or stop by 13 E. George Street, Suite B, Batesville, IN 47006.

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