Kathleen McElligott Hall Memorial Scholarship

Purpose of Scholarship

To provide financial assistance to students in upstate New York State to continue their education in the field of nursing.

Application Period

December 1 to March 1

Number and Size of Awards

One award of $3,000; paid as $1,000 per year for up to three consecutive years of undergraduate study. Award paid in the Fall semester.

Allowed Use of Award

Awards may be used for tuition, fees, books, and other expenses associated with higher education.

Eligibility Criteria

For a student who:

  • Has completed at least one semester of a nursing program, and
  • Has financial need.

This award is not intended for the student with the highest GPA, but for an average student who works hard and is ambitious to excel in the nursing field.

Application Process

The application process is coordinated through the Community Foundation, and this scholarship is grouped with other scholarships in our Consolidated Scholarship Application. This means that by completing this one application, you will automatically be considered for any and all other scholarships connected to the Consolidated Application.

To apply for this scholarship and more, complete the Consolidated Scholarship Application.

To continue working on the Consolidated Application or another application you have already started, click here and go to the My Applications tab.

Committee/Selection Process

The selection process is coordinated through the Kathleen McElligott Hall Scholarship selection committee. The committee, comprised of two family members, an academic coordinator from Rochester Institute of Technology, and three citizens of the greater Rochester area, reviews applications, selects the recipient(s), and informs the Community Foundation.

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation emails an award notification with instructions for claiming the award to the recipient. The scholarship is payable once per academic year and can be applied to either the Fall semester (between July 1 and August 15) or Spring semester (between December 1 and February 15). Payment is mailed to the school for the recipient's account once required documentation is received.

To release the initial scholarship payment, send a class schedule or un/official transcript to the Community Foundation verifying full-time enrollment at an accredited two- or four-year college or vocational/technical school. To release subsequent scholarship payments, send an un/official transcript and tuition bill or the Kathleen McElligott Hall Memorial Scholarship Renewal Form to the Community Foundation verifying continued enrollment in a nursing program and good academic standing. Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited.


This scholarship is renewable up to two times for a total of three awards in three consecutive years. Award renewability varies per recipient:

  • College freshmen receive awards that are renewable for a total of three awards in three consecutive years;
  • College sophomores receive awards that are renewable for a total of two awards in two consecutive years; and
  • College juniors receive one-time awards that are not renewable.

Please see the Award Announcement and Payment section above for more information.

Kathleen McElligott Hall Memorial Scholarship Renewal Form

Donor Information

This scholarship was established as a tribute to Kathy after her untimely death from cancer at the age of 50. A graduate of Mercy High School, Kathy went on receive a degree in nursing. She was a member of the Legal Nurses Association, employed by the New York State Health Department, and provided medical consultations to many local attorneys. In addition to being an excellent nurse, Kathy was a devoted wife and mother, and a true friend to all who knew her.


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