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About the Scholarship

The Swartz/Ferriter Scholarship program awards monetary scholarships to individuals who are on dialysis or who have received a kidney transplant.

The awards are paid directly to the educational institution. Students may receive the award up to two times.

Click here to view the 2023 Scholarship Brochure.

Who can apply?

Applicants to the Scholarship Program must:

1. Be on dialysis or have received a kidney transplant.
2. Be a resident of Michigan.
3. Be enrolled or planning to enroll in a course of study at an accredited college, university, trade, technical, or vocational school. Can be full or part-time, taking a minimum of 3 credit hours. Online classes are eligible.
4. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (4.0 scale).

How to apply?

1. Complete and submit the Scholarship Application. Click here to view and fill out the 2023 Application.
2. Submit a copy of your most recent transcript. If transcript is not available, successful life experience will be considered.
3. Have a social worker, teacher/instructor, supervisor or healthcare professional complete the Applicant Recommendation form included in the Scholarship Application.

If you have any additional questions about scholarships, contact Karen Bauman at kbauman@nkfm.org or 800-482-1455 ext. 3060.

2023 Application Period: January 1 – April 15, 2023

Robin Robinson
Meet Robin Robinson

NKFM scholarships put academic goals within reach for Robin Robinson from Grand Rapids. Robin, who is in her early 50s, has experienced more medical drama than most women her age, including a heart attack in her 20s that left her with no kidney function. Despite hardships, she has raised two successful daughters and is currently an honors student studying for a college degree. “I want to be someone that my grandchildren look up to,” says Robin.

More Information

The NKFM Swartz/Ferriter Scholarship Program Committee has the sole responsibility of selecting recipients based on the criteria as set forth in the application. Scholarships are awarded without regard to age, race, creed, color, disability, gender, religion or national origin. Recipients are selected on the basis of past academic performance and the potential to succeed in their chosen academic program. Also considered are participation and leadership in school and community activities, work experience, honors, awards, education and career goals, and unusual personal or family circumstances. All awarded scholarships are final. The amount of scholarship grants varies from year to year. All information received from applicants is considered confidential and is reviewed only by the NKFM Swartz/Ferriter Scholarship Program Committee.