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Barbara May Scholarship
for Nurses

In honor of the extraordinary career of Barbara May, RN, MPH, The Cooperative is pleased to offer the Barbara May Scholarship for Nurses.  This $5,000 annual scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students in New Jersey who are enrolled in a nursing program and who have interest in the specialties of community and perinatal health in New Jersey.

Barbara May is a respected pioneer among South Jersey’s public and perinatal health professionals.


Barbara was the longest tenured staff member of The Cooperative, serving with dedication and integrity from 1985 to 2023.


Barbara earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Duke University in 1975. In 2004, Barbara attained her Master of Public Health degree with a focus on Public Policy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Barbara made an indelible impression on her peers and the community during her public health nursing career. Those experiences would help shape statewide initiatives that are still in place today.

Through her tireless commitment, Barbara designed and implemented programs and strategies that address real needs and experiences of families and individuals. 


Barbara’s clear vision for high quality, evidence-based programs that tie system level improvement with community and patient needs expand the impact of The Cooperative in South Jersey and beyond. Barbara serves as a mentor and champion for Cooperative staff, leadership in the New Jersey Department of Health, statewide hospital executives and partner agencies. 


An avid skier and kayaker as well as a devoted mother and grandmother, Barbara’s love of the outdoors has taken her to Colorado for her next chapter where she is busy with the adventure of retirement.  

*The 2024 Barbara May Scholarship for Nurses application deadline has passed (effective March 22, 2024 at 11:59pm). Visit our website for information about future scholarship opportunities. Thank you!

Applicants must:

  • Be 18 years old or older 

  • Be a resident of New Jersey with a commitment to a nursing career in the state

  • Be enrolled or have applied/been accepted to an accredited university or college nursing program 

  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0

  • Fill out an online application by clicking on the button below; application includes:

    • Applicant’s name, address, phone number, email address, date of birth 

    • Applicant’s resume/CV

    • Applicant’s personal statement (maximum of 500 words)

    • Applicant’s official transcripts or proof of enrollment/acceptance in an accredited university or college nursing program 

    • One (1) letter of recommendation on official letterhead from an academic or professional reference 

Important Dates:

  • Friday, March 22, 2024 - Application deadline

  • Monday, April 1, 2024 - All applicants will receive email notification regardless of decisions by the Barbara May Scholarship Review Committee

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - Presentation of scholarship to awardee(s) of the Barbara May Scholarship at The Cooperative’s Annual Meeting 


If you have questions or experience difficulty with the online application, we invite you to email us directly at:

Additional Details:

The Barbara May Scholarship for Nurses is a one-time award for recipients. Applicants may apply for a scholarship up to $5,000. The number of awards and amounts will be determined by available resources and selected awardees.


Awardees may not re-apply/be considered for additional financial scholarships from the Barbara May Scholarship for Nurses after receipt of this one-time scholarship. Decisions about awardees of the Barbara May Scholarship for Nurses are determined by the Barbara May Scholarship Review Committee.

Statement of Eligibility:

Employees, board members, and immediate family members of The Cooperative and Family Health Initiatives are eligible to apply, but will not receive preferential consideration for this scholarship award.


Non-Discrimination Policy:

The Cooperative welcomes and encourages all qualified candidates to apply for the Barbara May Scholarship for Nurses. Applicants are given consideration without regard to abilities, age, race, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, religious and political beliefs, socioeconomic status, educational levels, military/veteran status or any other characteristics.

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