I haven't had any experience with providence either, but I bet that its far from a deal breaker. If you are immensely more qualified than a providence employee in other aspects, I doubt they will still choose the employee over the more qualified applicant. They are trying to hire the best nurses for their program, and you don't have to work or volunteer for providence in my opinion to fit that description. That being said, I'm sure it could be that extra push or tie-breaking aspect of an application. From what my interviewer implied, where you are willing to work (i.e. if you chose locations outside of Portland on your application), and your relative age (again, going along with the idea that younger people are not in a settled life stage and are therefore more mobile) are much more important. It also states online that they favor four year UP students over transfers on the application, yet it wouldn't seem fair or rational to a three year employment contract and a large investment simply based on that fact.
Also, from my endless creeping of this website over the past half an hour, I found several people who posted here and were providence employees, were interviewed and did not get the scholarship
. There is hope for us yet!! 70/30 is a good ratio for any scholarship!
...can you tell i'm a little anxious to hear back?