Sandra Lee Schafer Certification Scholarship

This year, HPNF will provide 28 scholarships to nurses nationwide to cover the cost certification fees and are valid for those earning a new Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) certification or those who are renewing their current HPCC certification. Individuals can apply for the scholarships before or after taking the exam and will be reimbursed after successfully passing the exam or after their certification renewal is approved.


  • If you earned or recertified your ACHPN, CHPN, CHPPN, CHPLN CHPNA, CHPCA, or CPLC credential in 2021
  • Personally pay for the 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:

  • One professional letter of reference from a supervisor or manager on letterhead.
  • Resume or CV 2 pages or less
  • Provide a 250-word essay and address each of the following points for the Awards Selection Committee (please note, spelling, grammar, and syntax will be evaluated):
  1. Professional long/short term goals
  2. Why certification is important

Sandra Lee Schafer Certification Scholarship Application

Certification Scholarship Recent Recipients  


  • Amber Ballard, RN, BSN, CHPN
  • Hayley Bustos, RN, MSN, FNPC, ACHPN
  • Erin Collins, BSN, RN, CHPN
  • Melody Draper, MSN, NP-C, ACHPN
  • Amy Dykman, BSN, RN, CHPN
  • Tyler Fair, CNA, CHPNA
  • Dorothy Harsen, MSN, FNP, GNP, ACHPN
  • Leighanne Hartman, MSN, RN, CHPN, CCRC
  • Clare Ironside, FNP-BC, ACHPN
  • Benjamin Keigley, BSN, RN, CHPN
  • Brittany Kettles, BSN, RN, CHPN
  • Samantha Langley, MSN, APRN, AGCNSBC, ACHPN
  • Susan Lee, PhD, RN, CNP, ACHPN, FAAN
  • Eleanor Melton, MSN, RN, AGACNP-BC, ACHPN
  • Kristin Le Ann Mills, RN, BSN, CHPN
  • Andrew Patrick-Baudet, MBA, RN, CHPN, CHPCA
  • Thea Peck, RN, CHPN
  • Caroline Rohr Martinek, MPH, MSN, CNP, FNP-BC, ACHPN
  • Jennifer Ruff, BSN, RN, CHPN
  • Cynthia Werhane, RN, BSN, CHPN
  • Robin Wilson, MSN, RN, CCM, CHPN


  • 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

Certification Scholarship Winners 2012-2016