Non-traditional nursing students can now apply for the second annual Maggie Fry Memorial Scholarship program.

The program offers tuition assistance to non-traditional students pursuing a degree in nursing. Students can apply to receive up to $5,000 for the academic year.  

Before passing away in January 2022, Maggie Fry was an ICU nurse with a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing. She was also a clinical instructor for Spring Arbor University, along with being a wife and mother. 

According to a press release from Hillsdale Hospital, Maggie was born into poverty in the inner city of Detroit and never graduated high school. At the age of 18, she attended night classes and earned her GED–Then at age 36, while raising two children on her own, she learned about the opportunity to go to college.

After getting accepted into Jackson College, she applied for every scholarship she was eligible; She was soon on her way to completing a nursing degree.  

To honor Maggie’s legacy, her husband James and close friends Becky and Chris Hodos started a scholarship fund to support non-traditional students. At a pancake breakfast in March 2022, the group raised more than $15,000 for the fund’s inaugural year.

In partnership with Hillsdale Hospital, where Maggie started her nursing career, the Second Annual Pancake Breakfast supporting the scholarship fund raised additional dollars to continue Maggie’s legacy and award another round of scholarships.

The Maggie Fry Memorial Scholarship application is available at Each applicant must be a Hillsdale County resident and a non-traditional student seeking a nursing degree. The application deadline is May 22nd at 4:00 pm.



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