Grants and Scholarships

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation provides professional development opportunities to qualified members of the hospice and palliative care team, including scholarships for education, conferences, and specialty certification, along with nursing research grants and leadership awards.  Below is a list of the grants and scholarships that are offered.

Certification Scholarships

These scholarships provide reimbursement of certification fees to eligible individuals, and are valid for either those earning a new Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center certification, or those who are renewing their current HPCC certification.  Winners are determined on a monthly basis, and are usually given with a preference for at least one at each level of certification.  Those who do not receive this scholarship can reapply in the following month.

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Conference Scholarships

Our conference scholarship program was established to provide financial assistance to nursing professionals who attend HPNA sponsored conferences. These include the Annual Assembly, Clinical Practice Forum, HPNA sponsored End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) events, and both CHPN and ACHPN certification review courses. Deadlines for these are usually several months before each specific event date.

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Chapter Education Grants

This helps promote hospice and palliative nursing at the local level through HPNA chartered chapters.  Each year, up to six (6) grants are awarded to benefit chapter member though education and/or expanded chapter membership. Grants can be for up to $1,000.

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Individual Education Scholarships

These were established to provide financial assistance for nursing professionals earning their academic degrees, and to support nursing professionals who are advancing their career through academic achievement. Six scholarships are offered to HPNA members, and are directed to nurses at all levels of nursing education, from entry level though graduate degrees (i.e. associate, bachelors, masters, doctorate). These scholarships may be used for, but not limited to, tuition, books, computer software, and supplies that are related to nursing education.

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Judy Lentz Scholarship for the Advancement of Palliative Care in Oncology Nursing

The purpose of this scholarship is to enhance nursing excellence in palliative care by providing a registered nurse, who is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, with a one year RN membership to HPNA, plus conference registration and a stipend check for travel, room, and meals to the Annual Assembly. This scholarship opportunity is offered once annually, and is named after Judy Lentz, retired CEO for the organization.

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PDIA Nursing Leadership Award in Palliative Care

In accordance with a grant from the Project on Death in America (PDIA), HPNF selects a nurse from nominated candidates who has emerged as a leader in palliative care and whose work has improved nursing care for dying patients and their families.  The awardee receives a cash prize, is recognized at the Annual Assembly, and receives travel related expenses to attend the event.  The awardee also is encouraged to submit an article for publication in a future issue of the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing.

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Research Grant Opportunities

HPNF offers several opportunities for research grants, including two yearly grants to nurses benefiting hospice and palliative care nursing, as well as several one-time research grants as they become available.  The two yearly grants include the HPNF Certification Research Grant, and the End-of-Life Nursing Care Research Grant through a partnership with Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). Follow the link below for more details about these and other opportunities.

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