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The Joseph Hageman Memorial Nursing Scholarships


Because schools and colleges have closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, many students are unable to get access to their transcripts and recommendations to complete the scholarship application process by the current deadline, which is Friday, April 3rd. To ensure that no students are eliminated from consideration due to events beyond their control, we are extending the scholarship application deadline to Friday, May 1st.

  • Application deadline is the first Friday in April each year by 5 p.m. at the CarolinaEast Foundation office located at 2007 B Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 28560. If mailing, please allow sufficient time to be received by this date.
  • Scholarship applicants must be from Craven, Carteret, Jones, Onslow or Pamlico counties.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university (or enrolled in a North Carolina Board of Nursing approved program) pursuing one of the following: a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, enrolled in the LPN to ADN Transition Program leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse or the Practical Nursing program leading to licensure as an LPN.
  • Financial need is not a requirement for the receipt of this scholarship.
  • Scholarship recipients must attend the Nursing Appreciation Dinner, typically held the Wednesday before Memorial Day, in their honor to receive the scholarship.


Twelve scholarships were awarded in 2020:

  • Four scholarships for those pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing or the Bachelor of Science program with a major in Nursing in the amount of $5,000.
  • Four scholarships for those pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing are also available in the amount of $3,000.
  • Four scholarships for those pursuing an advanced degree in nursing in the amount of $3,000 (CarolinaEast Health System employees).

Traditional Nursing Scholarships

Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). Scholarships will also be awarded for those pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or enrolled in the LPN to ADN Transition Program in the amount of $3,000 and $2,500 scholarships are also available for those students pursuing a diploma in Practical Nursing leading to licensure as an LPN. Applicants for these scholarships must be a resident of Craven, Jones, Pamlico, Carteret or Onslow counties.

Please note: this application was revised February 2020. If you have an earlier version, please disregard and use the application below.

Advanced Degree Nursing Scholarships for CarolinaEast Employees

  • Eligible applicants must be enrolled as part of the CAP program at CarolinaEast or have their VP's recommendation (if the CAP program is not available for your position).
  • Please review all information carefully to see if you are eligible. Do not hesitate to contact the Foundation office with questions.
  • Advanced Degree Application (CarolinaEast Employees)

About Joseph Hageman

Joseph Hageman

The Joseph Hageman Memorial Scholarship is in honor of a man whose career demonstrated that there are no limits to the influence a Nurse can have on his patients and his community.

In 1974, Joe became the first male graduate of New Jersey’s Trenton State University Nursing program. From the start, he was not afraid to challenge the status quo. In that same vein, he began his career as an Emergency Room Nurse--a role that aligned well with his love for the unpredictable.

Joe was also a person who cared deeply for his family, so he moved to New Bern, NC, in 1978 to be closer to his parents. As Manager of the Craven Regional Medical Center Emergency Room, he worked closely with patients and their loved ones during medical crises. He and his care were hard to forget. Twenty years later, people would still reminisce with him about their experiences in the ER.

He went on to become an original employee of the New Bern Surgery Center as their Nurse Manager and remained so until 2000. He was then promoted to Director of Surgical Services, which increased his duties to include the hospital Operating Room, Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), and Central Sterile Supply. He also oversaw the design and construction of the new state-of-the-art Craven Surgery Center that today assists thousands of people in this area. In 2002, he was promoted to Executive Director of Surgical Services. Just one year later he celebrated 25 years of employment with CRMC.

However, Joe was more than a wonderful Nurse and Administrator; he was also an amazing father, husband and son. In his daughters’ minds, he could do anything—climb tall mountains (which he often did), rescue people in distress (he did that too), and build anything he wanted to construct, from birdhouses to catwalks. Joe and Claire, his beloved wife, traveled the United States from one end to the other. They journeyed across oceans and seas via sailboat. They danced together under the stars and slept under them as often, while they camped, canoed, and hiked most of the winding trails on this continent. Joe was also a dedicated caregiver to his parents. His mother June lost her fifteen-year battle with cancer in 2005.

In 2006, Joe unexpectedly passed away. Even in the throes of grief, the Hageman family and the New Bern medical community knew that his story needed to live on. With the support of the CarolinaEast Foundation, they were able to create a scholarship fund designed to support others as they join the Nursing profession. What began as one scholarship and a memorial to a beloved Nurse has turned into a full suite of financial support for people pursing various levels of Nursing degrees and a celebration of the remarkable individuals who choose, like Joe once did, to provide exemplary care to people in need.

The individuals who receive this scholarship are forever known as Hageman Scholars. His family cannot imagine a more fitting tribute to the man they loved than the heroes who walk among us in our hospital and clinic hallways bearing his name.