NLN Foundation Announces Scholarship Awards for 2023

15 Graduate Students in Nursing Share Nearly $100,000

Washington, DC — Fifteen advanced degree nursing students have been awarded a total of $96,300 in financial support through the annual competitive scholarship program run by the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education. These include a dozen winners of up to $8,000 each of the foundation scholarships; the sole winner of an $8,000 scholarship awarded to an international student pursuing an advanced degree in nursing education in the U.S.; and winners of two endowed scholarships with specialized focuses. The presentation to the scholarship winners will take place during the 2023 NLN Education Summit at National Harbor near Washington, DC, September 28-30.

“We are proud to continue the NLN Foundation’s tradition of scholarship support to deserving students enrolled in advanced degree programs, committed to pursuing careers in nursing education. They represent our future, fulfilling the National League for Nursing’s mission to prepare a culturally humble, diverse nursing workforce to deliver outstanding and equitable care,” said NLN Foundation Chair Patrick Robinson, PhD, RN, ACRN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, vice president of nursing at Pacific College of Health and Science.

“Expanding the ranks of nurse faculty remains an urgent priority to open the pipeline for more qualified applicants to gain acceptance to nursing programs at all levels of higher education. This will help address the persistent shortage in the nursing workforce,” said NLN President and CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN. “For this reason, the National League for Nursing remains dedicated to funding scholarship opportunities for deserving and diverse candidates pursuing careers in nursing education and specialized patient care. We thank the generosity of donors to the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education and our partner organizations, like the Health Carousel Foundation, for helping to make such support possible.”

2023 NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Faculty Scholarship Awards

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

    • Heather Walsh, MSN RN PCNS-BC CHSE CPN, The George Washington University
    • Robbin Guynn, RN, BSN, MSN, CMSRN, Regis College
    • Lacey Cross, MSN, FNP-BC, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
    • Caitlin Nye (She/Her), MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CHSE, SUNY at Buffalo, School of Nursing
    • Paige Randall, MS, RN, CEN, CNE, Duke University School of Nursing
    • Cori Heier, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, CNRN, University of Kansas
    • Rachael Salguero, MSN, RN-BC, CNEcl, Endicott College
    • Tabitha Quillen, EdD(c), MSN, RN, CNE, CNEcl, University of West Georgia
    • Deborah Toddes, MSN, RN, CNE, CNEcl, Chamberlain University College of Nursing
    • Huifang Cheng, MSN, RN, APN, Seton Hall University
    • Irvin Ong, EdD, MHPEd, RN, Johns Hopkins University 
    • Tonya Herring, EdD(c), MSN, RN, CNE, University of West Georgia — Funded by the Pamela Jane Nye Working Nurse Scholarship 
    Edmund J.Y. Pajarillo Health Informatics and Innovation Scholarship Award: $5,000

    With a focus on informatics and innovation in the use of data analysis and health information technology, the Edmund J.Y. Pajarillo scholarship opens a new avenue of scholarship to support the National League for Nursing and its members. Multiple real-world applications of these research studies are urgently needed. A scholarship of up to $5,000 is offered annually to support an applicant enrolled in an accredited graduate-level program in this growing field of nursing education.

    • Michael Joseph Dino, PhD, MAN, RN, LPT, FAAN, FFNMRCSI, Johns Hopkins University
    Cecelia Lou Vriheas Scholarship Award: $8,000

    The Cecelia Lou Scholarship is a single $8,000 scholarship awarded to nurses pursuing advanced degrees to advance their career as a full-time nurse educator who are the first in their family to pursue higher education and belong to an historically marginalized/excluded group, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, Native American, Pacific Islander, immigrant populations, and those from rural areas.

    • Brenice Duroseau, MSN, FNP-C, RNC-OB, AAHIVS, Johns Hopkins University
    2023 NLN Health Carousel Foundation Nurse Educator Scholarship Award: $8,000

    The Health Carousel Foundation Nurse Educator Scholarship is a single $8,000 scholarship awarded to a nurse who received an initial nursing degree outside of the United States but are now registered in the U.S. and pursuing an advanced degree to further a career as a full-time nurse educator. 

    • Mary Anne Enns, MSN, RN, CNE, American Sentinel College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Post University

    For information about the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education, visit

    About Us

    The NLN has been promoting excellence in nursing education for more than 130 years through faculty development programs, networking opportunities, testing and assessment, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives. The generosity and vision of old and new supporters, friends, and partners, continue to help the NLN fulfill its mission to advance the health of the nation and the global community.

    We preserve nursing’s yesterday and contribute to its tomorrow. Your support makes a difference. Today, you can help the NLN Foundation: 

    • Preserve the history of nursing education through the NLN Archives project. Supported by a matching grant from the Independence Foundation, these funds are allowing us to build an NLN archive at the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. 
    •  Build the future of nursing education through established programs such as faculty scholarships and the scholarly writing retreat

    The NLN Foundation is deeply thankful to all benefactors for their continued support. This year, the Foundation has a new goal of $430,000 by December 31, 2024. All donations will help us successfully support our programs. Check out the many ways to give and help us advance the health of our nation through the power of nursing education.