Students: Apply for the Conrad-Nestor Scholarship

Published 01/18/2018

David Chronley, MD, created the Conrad-Nestor Scholarship honoring two country doctors in 1999 at South County Hospital (SCH).  Robert L. Conrad, a general surgeon, was on staff from 1965 to 2000 and was instrumental in improving the facilities, staff, and patient care at SCH.  He served as both President of the Medical Staff and Chief of Surgery.  During his tenure he established the first EMT training in the state, the first radio communication between SCH and the rescue squads, and the first FAA-approved hospital heliport in New England.

Thomas A. Nestor, MD, a surgeon and family doctor, was on staff at SCH from 1946 to 1986 and was known for his formidable schedule and compassion for his patients.  He made house calls until his retirement.  Serving as a Major in WWII Parachute Infantry, Dr. Nestor made numerous jumps under fire to care for wounded soldiers on the battlefields of the South Pacific.

The Conrad-Nestor scholarships will be awarded to students who are entering post-secondary training and who demonstrate a combination of academic achievement and financial need.



  1. Be a graduating high school senior and resident of Rhode Island.
  2. Be accepted into an accredited, post-secondary institution.
  3. Be able to demonstrate financial need and academic accomplishment.
  4. Be a child/grandchild/dependent of a current South County hospital employee.


  1. A completed application form.
  2. One essay (300 words or less) why you should be considered for this scholarship.
  3. Your most recent official high school transcript.
  4. One letter of recommendation, completed by a representative of an organization or employer for whom you have worked or volunteered, describing your service to their organization.
  5. One letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor.
  6. A copy of your final Student Aid report.


The Scholarship Committee must receive your application by April 15.  Grants will be made on an objective, non-discriminating basis.

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