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2024 Conrad-Nestor-Walsh Scholarship
Application Deadline is April 12th

Scholarships will be awarded to students with a parent, grandparent or legal guardian employed by South County Health and who are entering post-secondary training and who demonstrate a combination of academic achievement and financial need.



Grants will be made on an objective, non-discriminating basis. 
Please deliver completed applications and associated required documents to:

Kace Quinn
Medical Staff Office
South County Hospital
100 Kenyon Avenue
Wakefield, RI 02879

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About the Scholarship

David Chronley, MD, created the Conrad-Nestor Scholarship in 1999 to honor two country doctors at South County Hospital. 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 South County Hospital. 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.

In 2021 the scholarship was amended to honor another long time South County Hospital provider: John Walsh, MD who passed away in 2019. He arrived at South County Hospital in 1953 where he spent 57 years of his 63-year medical career. He was the hospital's first board-certified surgeon and also served as the hospital's Chief of Surgery. Dr. Walsh practiced general surgery until the age of 65 when he put away his scalpels. His retirement was short-lived and he spent the next 24 years in the emergency department at South County Hospital until the first day of his final retirement which coincided with his 89th birthday on January 1, 2011.  



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 Health employee or volunteer.


1.   A completed application form.

2.  One essay (300 words or less) written by the applicant about why they should be considered for this scholarship.

3.  Applicant's most recent official high school transcript.

4.  One letter of recommendation, completed by a representative of an organization or employer the applicant has worked or volunteered with, describing applicant's service to their organization.

5.  One letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor.