May Smith Scholarship Program

 The best and brightest undergraduate nursing students are selected for the Children's May Smith Scholars program, named in honor of the nurse who began the open-air clinic for infants that became Children's Medical Center. College juniors and seniors work as nurse externs for 400 hours during their undergraduate program and receive $2,500 per semester or $5,000 per year toward their education. After graduation, Children's offers them a position in one of the hospital's internship tracks: Critical Care, Emergency, General Pediatrics, Medical-Surgical, Hematology-oncology or Perioperative Services.

This scholarship provides practical clinical experience and financial assistance for Tier I students interested in pediatric nursing.


To be eligible for this scholarship applicant must meet the following criteria:

Junior or Senior level of an accredited BSN program
Maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Service Conditions

Students must work at Children's as nurse externs for at least 400 hours during their undergraduate program.
Out-of-state students will enroll in the Children's summer externship program between their junior and senior years.
Local students may enroll in the summer externship and/or work as nurse externs throughout their junior and senior academic years.
For each year of employment, Children's will forgive a portion of the loan. The entire loan can be forgiven if the scholar completes service requirements.

Application Process

To apply candidates should submit the following information:

Application (PDF).
Two-page abstract stating why the student is pursuing a career in Pediatric Nursing and how he/she will support the mission of Children's – making life better for children through his/her career.
Transcripts for undergraduate studies
Two reference letters

Applications should be directed to:

Children's Medical Center Dallas
Attn.: Career Services/Human Resources
1935 Medical District Drive
Dallas, Texas 75235

Application Deadlines

June 30, for Fall semester
October 31, for Spring semester