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Grants & Scholarships

2019-20 Grants Recipients

  • Donating proceeds  from the 21st Mystery Malt & Merlot to the Clark Burn Center for comforting items for patients and to Upstate's Trauma, Burn & Emergency Medicine EMS Program to provide training to basic EMTs and paramedics
  • Donating $120,000 to various departments in the hospital through our Grant Funding Program
  • Distributing $36,000 to our Scholarship programs
  • Donating $10,000 to Nursing Recruitment & Retention
  • Giving $6,500 to Hospital Week
  • Donating $3,500 to Employee Recognition
  • Committing $5,000 to Service Projects & Blood Drives

Nellie Hurley Scholarship

Nellie Hurley was a nurse at Syracuse General Hospital. She became Director of Nursing there- continuing in that position after the 1964 merger with Community Hospital. The scholarships, named in her honor, offer opportunities for Upstate employees and volunteers to pursue undergraduate studies.

The Advocates offer 2019-20 Nellie Hurley Scholarships for Tuition & Related Expenses to Upstate Medical University active employees and volunteers on all campuses. For 2019-20, scholarships will be awarded in the summer to be used for FALL SEMESTER 2019. To be eligible:

  • Applicants must have been employed by or volunteered at UMU for a minimum of six months prior to the application deadline
  • Applicants must have been accepted at an accredited institution in undergraduate studies directed toward any health-related field. Students already with a Bachelor's degree in a health-related field are not eligible
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 3.2 or better and have a minimum of 12 credit hours of college directed towards a health-related field completed as of the application deadline
  • Applicants may be considered for aid in a subsequent year so long as they maintain a GPA of 3.2 or higher and meet other qualifications as detailed above
  • Applicants signed and fully completed applications must be received in The Advocates office by 12:00 noon on the deadline date

Congratulations to our 2019-20 Nellie Hurley Scholarship Recipients

Katie Andrews Lauren Kotlarz
Kelly Bates Mary LoCastro
Megan Congden Anjali Malhotra
Nhon Dang Angie Minikhiem
Natalya Danylyshyn           Jerusha Owusu-Barnie
Michelle Finnerty Gerald Sawyer
Isabella Jamer Malissa Woodard


2020-21 Application Forms will be available in spring 2020. For more information, please contact Jonathan Adler at adlerj@upstate.edu or 315-464-5610. 

"I am attending LeMoyne College next year as part of the five year BS/MS Physician Assistant Studies Program, and I am very excited. This scholarship will be of great help to me... I promise you that I will work very hard and ... give back to others as a physician assistant and I hope to create a scholarship some day to give back to future students like myself."

— Cara Miller
2018-19 Advocates Youth Volunteer Scholarship recipient

 2019 Advocates Youth Scholars

Our 2019-20 Youth Scholarship Recipients

Cameron Carr         Kendall Dombroske
Samantha Clark         Talya Toussaint