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.


  • If you earned or recertified your ACHPN, CHPN, CHPPN, CHPLN CHPNA, CHPCA, or CPLC credential since January 2020, or plan to before December 31, 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.
  • Provide a 250-word maximum essay and address each of the following points for the Awards Selection Committee:
  1. Professional long/short term goals
  2. Why certification is important

Sandra Lee Schafer Certification Scholarship Application

This scholarship means a lot to me because it recognizes my passion for palliative care and helping others strive for certification. I want to serve my patients, other healthcare members, and my community through palliative care. This scholarship provided me with a certification that shows my dedication and value in palliative care. - Samantha Langley, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC

Certification Scholarship Recent Recipients  


  • Lindsey Rebecca Shelley, FNP-C, ACHPN
  • Tracy L. Bier, RN-MSN
  • Natasha H. Curry, ACHPN
  • Tiffany M. Dougherty, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
  • Megan Flicker, CNP
  • Charla Y. Jacobs, RN
  • Julia J. Rivera, RN
  • Marsha G. Smith, RN, PED-BC, CCM, CHPPN


  • 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