Nanticoke Health Services Scholarship Programs:

NHS Healthcare Education Scholarship & Jill Hickman Nursing Scholarship

Applications for our 2019 scholarships are now open. 

Deadline: March 15, 2019 at noon.

Nanticoke Health Services (NHS) offers two scholarships for graduating high school students who live in Western Sussex County and pursue careers in healthcare. Successful applicants have received scholarships ranging from $250 – $5,000.

  • The NHS Healthcare Education Scholarship is for graduating high school students who pursue careers in healthcare such as, but not limited to, nursing, radiology, rehab, and respiratory therapy.
  • The Jill Hickman Nursing Scholarship is for graduating high school students who pursue careers in nursing. Any application that is pursuing a career in nursing would be considered for the Jill Hickman Scholarship. Applicants do not need to submit a separate application.

Applicants are evaluated and compete on the below criteria for a limited number of Nanticoke Health Services scholarships awarded annually:

Academic Merit Scoring Criteria Points
Academic achievement 25 points
Essay 25 points
Extracurricular activities, both school-related and community service 20 points
Three recommendation letters 15 points
(5 points each)
Previously volunteered at NHS 15 points



  • Student must be accepted into a healthcare related program at an accredited college or university
  • Graduating high school senior living in the following areas of Western Sussex County:
    • Bethel, Blades, Bridgeville, Georgetown, Greenwood, Laurel and Seaford
  • Academic achievement is evaluated by using unweighted GPAs on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of a 500-word essay on the following topic: “Describe what area of healthcare you are interested in and why.” The submitted essay must be typed in double spaced Times New Roman 12-point font. Scholarship Committee scores on the following: directions, grammar, essay structure, analytical skills, conclusions drawn, and the “why” part of the essay
  • Submit three (3) letters of reference from teachers, counselors, principal or community member who can attest to the student’s desire to learn and likelihood to excel in the chosen course of study

Please submit the following:

  • A completed application (click to download)
  • Copy of current transcript
  • Copy of your acceptance letter into a healthcare-related program at an accredited college or university
  • Completed typed essay
  • Three (3) letters of reference

All application materials listed above must be received by noon on March 15, 2019. Applications can be submitted electronically to or mailed to:

Nanticoke Health Foundation
c/o Scholarship Committee
613 High Street
Seaford, DE 19973