NLN Foundation Announces 2021 Scholarship Awards

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NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Announces 2021 Scholarship Awards

Formal Presentation Set for NLN Education Summit
Washington, DC — Sixteen scholarships, totaling $50,000, are to be awarded for the coming academic year by the National League for Nursing Foundation for Nursing Education annual Scholarship Program. The awards presentation will take place during the NLN Education Summit, September 23-25, near Washington, DC.

“We are proud to continue the NLN Foundation’s tradition of scholarship support to deserving students who have demonstrated a deep commitment to pursuing excellence. They represent the future of nursing education, fulfilling the League’s mission to prepare a culturally sensitive, diverse nursing workforce to deliver outstanding and equitable care to advance the health of the nation and global community,” said NLN Foundation Chair Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, FAAN, chief clinical officer at AMN Healthcare.

NLN President and CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN said, “This year, more than any in recent memory, has proven the necessity of supporting our frontline caregivers. That is why facilitating the education of the best and brightest among them is a National League for Nursing priority. We urge everyone to aid in this effort by donating to the NLN Foundation and to our partner organizations, like Home Instead Senior Care, which together fund our Scholarship Program.”

2021 NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Faculty Scholarship Awards

The NLN Foundation Scholarship Awards Program seeks to support diverse nurses committed to careers in academic nursing education. Hence, awards of up to $8,000 are made to nurses enrolled in accredited master’s or doctoral programs and have completed at least one year of advanced academic study toward their degrees.

• Patricia Griffith, MSN, CRNP, Villanova University
• Abbygale Hackenberger, RN, MSN, CCRN, The Pennsylvania State University
• Deborah Halliday, MSN, Widener University
• Sharon Jensen, MN, RN, DNP Candidate, University of Hawaii at Hilo
• Paula Koppel, MS, RNC, GNP-BC, AHN-BC, NBC-HWC, Duke University School of Nursing
• Candice Laney, RN, MSN, CNE, Western Carolina University/University of North Carolina
• Delia Meyer, MN, RN, CE, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
• Thye Peng Ngo, RN, MSN, FNP, CNE, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis
• Bunmi Ogungbe, MPH, RN, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
• Treesa Scaria, MSN, CAGS (NP), CAGS (Ed), Ph. D., Pace University
• Kendra Schmitz, RN, MSN, D’Youville College

2021 NLN-Home Instead Scholarships in Geriatric Nursing Education

As one of the most vulnerable populations, older adults require more and more frequent health care services. There is widespread acknowledgement that nursing school graduates must be better prepared to respond to the specialized needs of these individuals and their caregivers in hospitals, clinics, and outpatient settings, like long term acute and residential facilities and in-home care.

Since 2018, the NLN Foundation and Home Instead Senior Care have collaborated to foster and promote geriatric nursing education through a $10,000 scholarship fund. Nursing students enrolled in such courses who have completed at least one year of academic study and have had two years of experience in geriatrics are eligible for an award of up to $5,000.

• Kristy Chambers, LVN, North Central Texas College
• Hanne Dolan, RN, MSN, University of Arizona, College of Nursing
• Tiara Green, CNA, Madisonville Community College
• Francisca Okafor, RN, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
• Annice Woodard, LVN, North Central Texas College

For information about the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education, visit
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