The Loreatha Williams Scholarship

About the Scholarship

The purpose of the Loreatha Williams Scholarship is to honor Loreatha Williams, a nursing pioneer in Arizona. Ms. Williams was born in Yuma, Arizona and moved to Phoenix after high school. She was the first African American graduate of the Good Samaritan School of Nursing. She pursued and received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University. Ms.William worked at Maricopa Medical Center where she became one of the first African American nursing administrators. Ms. William Loreatha was one of the founding members of the Greater Phoenix Chapter of the Black Nurses Association. She was also active in the Arizona Nurses Association where she served as a delegate to several national meetings.


The amount of the award is determined by the Board members and Scholarship Committee Chairperson of BNAGPA. Funds are granted to the nursing school.  This award may be used for tuition, fees, books or equipment as part of course study. Applications can be obtained from BNAGPA’s website or office and submitted to Black Nurses Association of Greater Phoenix Area, 700 East Jefferson St., Suite 402, Phoenix, AZ 85034. Contact BNAGPA at (602) 249-5667. Email: Website:  Applicants must be a resident of Arizona.

All applications must be submitted on an original form. Deadline for application submission is July 1st.  

All applications must be submitted on an original form. Deadline for application submission is July 1st. Only those applications received on or before the application deadline will be reviewed. Applicants will be required to submit documentation of enrollment and acceptance into a nursing program (LVN/LPN, ADN, BSN, MSN, etc.). Such documentation may include, but is not limited to, an official transcript, current course work, and certification of admission. Applicants may be enrolled part-time or full-time. Recipients may submit a new application each year as long as he or she is enrolled in an academic nursing program. Recipients of the Loreatha Williams Scholarship are highly encouraged to become a member of BNAGPA and take advantage of the opportunities for involvement with active participation on committees, and community group projects. We wish you success in your educational and career goals.