Certification Scholarships

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation offers certification scholarships each year. These scholarships are for new and renewal HPCC certification and are determined on a rolling monthly basis. In each round, awards will be given with a preference for at least one at each level of certification ~ advanced practice, registered nurse, pediatric registered nurse, licensed practical/vocational nurse, nursing assistant, administrator, and perinatal loss care.  

The scholarships are competitive and provide reimbursement of certification fees to eligible individuals selected from the applicant pool by the certification scholarship review committee consisting of HPNF board members and HPNA members. Applicants may be new or renewing certificants and can apply for this scholarship up to 12 months after they pass their certification exam or are recertified. The HPNF certification scholarship review committee takes into account your adherence to submission guidelines, completeness of application, and quality of responses when reviewing applications of the applicant pool.


  • Personally pay for exam or HPAR fee.  
  • Individuals who have been reimbursed for their certification/recertification fees by any other institution or organization are not eligible for this scholarship.

To Apply 

  • Submit a completed certification scholarship application including all required attachments
  • Copy of the testing company certification acknowledgement letter indicating that you have passed the exam or HPCC letter indicating successful renewal of certification by the HPAR method
  • One professional letter of reference from a supervisor, preferably a nurse on professional letterhead
  • Resume or CV (2 pages or less)
  • Essay, minimum 250 words and maximum two pages, describing: 
    • Your passion of hospice and palliative care and why you are dedicated to hospice and palliative care
    • Volunteer commitments, both personal and professional
    • Professional long/short term goals, interest and sharing knowledge, involvement in activities at all levels
    • Why is certification important and why is certification important to you?
    • Your commitment to lifelong learning
  • Submit all materials on or before the deadline below.


  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with the deadline on the first of every month. 

Scholarship Application

Certification Scholarship Recent Recipients  


  • Holly Lynn Clanton, BSN, CCRN, CHPN
  • Michelle Cooley, MSN, FNP-C, ACHPN
  • Erin R. Currie, PhD, RN, CPLC
  • Rebecca Lynn Edwards, DNP, APRN, ACNP, AOCNP, ACHPN
  • Brandi Holloway, MSN, RN, CNL, CHPN
  • Lisa Kenney, MA, CHPNA
  • Katelyn Linker, BSN, RN, CHPN
  • Tiffani L. McKenna, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN
  • Theresa Pietras, RN, CHPN
  • Sharon Seaton, RN BSN CHPN HCS-D, HCS-O


  • Geraldine Abbatiello, PhD, GNP-BC, ACHPN, RN-BC
  • Alexander Ambuehl, RN, CHPN
  • Nanci Berg, ANP, ACHPN
  • Anne Cantine, MSN, RN, CHPN
  • Rayona Canty, CHPNA
  • Rebecca Cline, RN, CHPN
  • Susan Compton, RN, MSN
  • Georgia Hantzsche, CNA, CHPNA
  • Mary Ellen Levine, MSN/Ed, RN, CHPN
  • Lisa Ilene Machlin, RN, IBCLC, CPLC
  • Youngsook Theresa Olsson, DNP, FNP-BS, RN, ACHPN
  • Eugenia Parlet, MSN, RN, CHPN
  • Yvonne Patton, MSN, RN, CHPN
  • Kathy Plakovic, MSN, FNP-BC, AOCNP, ACHPN
  • Penny Lynn Smith, BSN, RN, CHPN
  • Charonne Sutherland, RN, CHPN
  • Lisa Wild, RN, CHPN


  • Susan Irene Alexander, BSN, RN, CHPN
  • Erica C. Bolar, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CHPN
  • Lauren Crandall, BSN, RN, CHPPN
  • Kristin Fox, ANP-BC, ACHPN
  • Susan Grasse, BSN, RN, CHPNA
  • Jennifer Jolly Grinage, BSN, RN, CHPN
  • Melinda Marie Hansen, RN, MS, ACNS, ACHPN
  • Vicki T. Haye, BSN, RN, CHPN
  • Rebecca Hoh, BSN, RN, OCN, CHPN
  • Daniek Mackenzie, BSN, RN, CHPCA, CHPN
  • Suzanne Markham, LPN, CHPLN
  • Carol J. Nichols, BSN, RN, CHPN
  • Julia Janelle Rivera, BSN, RN, CHPN


  • Jerene Renee Aldinger, RN, BSN, OCN, CHPN
  • Patricia Ringos Beach, MSN, RN, ACHPN, AOCN
  • Sharon Benson, CBCN, MS, FNP-C, ACHPN
  • Sheila Brandonburg, RN, CHPN
  • Cindy Capen, MSN, RN, CHPN
  • Tracy Cain English, ARNP, DNP
  • Carrie Gardner, BSN, RN, MHR, CHPN
  • James R. Huff, LPN, CHPLN
  • Marilyn Jira, RN, CHPN
  • Tara Lauria, RN, ANP-BC, ACHPN
  • Eleanor Melton, RN, MSN, AGACNP-BC, ACHPN


  • Amiee Blumenchein, RN, CHPN
  • Holly Clanton, RN, BSN, CCRN, CHPN
  • Ann Coyle, RNC, BS,-P, CPLC
  • J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, PhD, RN, ACHPN
  • Brian Fikes, APN-BC, ACHPN
  • Sally Flores, RN-BC, BSN, CHPN, PCN, MA, PMin
  • Jennifer Fournier, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, AOCN, CHPN
  • Ellen Henahan, RN, CHPN
  • Verna Hendricks-Ferguson, RN, PhD, CHPPN
  • Sandra Monk, MSN, RN, CHPN
  • Tamara Scott, RN, MSN, CPNP,CPON, CHPPN
  • Mary Schueller, MSN, RN, AOCNS, CHPN
  • Paula Turpening, NM, ANP-BC, ACHPN
  • Mercedia White, RN, CHPN
  • Rhiana Wiggins, BSN, RN, CHPN


  • Lori Ann Browne, CHPN
  • Dawn Marie Gebhart, RN, CHPN
  • Rebecca Vreeman Hoden, RN, CHPN
  • Heidi C. Lee, RN, CHPN
  • Celeste Noone MacArthur, CHPN
  • Akiko Morimoto, CHPN
  • John Nkata, CHPNA
  • Theresaann Marie Pietras, RN, BSN, CCRN, CHPN
  • William James Saalfeld, RN, CCRN, CHPN
  • Lisa Wild, CHPN


  • Deborah Brunelle, CHPN
  • JoAnne Chitwood, CHPN
  • Carol Jean Cullinan, CHPN
  • Linda Figura, CHPLN
  • Betty I. Hunter, CHPN
  • Carma Erickson-Hurt, ACHPN
  • Denise Marie Kassal, CHPNA
  • Megan Feeney King, CHPN
  • Patricia A. Lee, CHPN
  • Lisa Ann Levy, CHPN
  • Deanna R. Tansey, CHPN
  • Heron  Faith Warren, ACHPN
  • Brenda Wilkerson, CHPN


  • Sandra L. Aligarbes, CHPN
  • Renee Baird, CHPN
  • David Christopher Free, CHPN
  • Michelle Marie Goffinet, CHPLN
  • Rosa W. Goldberg, CHPN
  • Susan Ellen Frost Morin, CHPN
  • Quinten Robertson, CHPN
  • Roxanne Lee Rowe, CHPN
  • Julie Ann Rudolph, CHPN
  • Sharon Seabolt, CHPN
  • Pamela Woo, ACHPN
  • Diane Yorke, CHPPN