Grants and Scholarships

Certification Scholarships

These scholarships provide reimbursement of certification fees to eligible individuals and are valid for those earning a new Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) certification or those who are renewing their current HPCC certification.


  • If you are planning to certify or recertify your ACHPN, CHPN, CHPPN, CHPLN, CHPNA, CHPCA, or CPLC credential in 2021
  • If you earned or recertified your ACHPN, CHPN, CHPPN, CHPLN CHPNA, CHPCA, or CPLC credential in 2021
    If you earned or recertified your credential in September, October, November, or December 2020, you are eligible to apply
  • 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
  • Essay (250 words) describing:
  1. Your dedication to hospice and palliative care
  2. Your commitment to volunteerism
  3. Your professional goals (short/long-term, sharing knowledge with colleagues, involvement in activities at local, state, or national levels, and commitment to lifelong learning)
  4. Why certification is important to you

Certification Scholarship Application     

Conference Scholarships

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation established the conference scholarship program to provide financial assistance to nursing professionals for attending conferences, such as the Clinical Practice Forum, HPNA sponsored End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) events, and the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care. These scholarships support nurses who wish to enhance their professional development and leadership skills in hospice and palliative care. Conference scholarships cover the cost of early-bird registration for attending the event. 

Download the Conference Scholarship Application           

Individual Education Scholarship

Due June 1, 2021

The individual education scholarships were established by HPNF to provide financial assistance for nursing professionals earning academic degrees. This scholarship may be used for, but not limited to, tuition, books, computer software, and supplies that are related to nursing education. Nurses at all levels of nursing education (from entry level through graduate degrees) are encouraged to apply. Individual education scholarships will be awarded in the following manner:

  • 2 doctorate level education scholarships at $3,000 each
  • 2 master's level education scholarships at $2,000 each
  • 1 bachelor's level education scholarship at $1,500
  • 1 associate level education scholarship at $750


  • Hold a current HPNA membership
  • Be a hospice and/or palliative care nurse
  • Be enrolled in a school of nursing or doctoral program accredited in the United States and have successfully completed at least one semester of coursework.

To Apply:

Submit a complete individual education scholarship application and all required attachments as listed on the application to on or before June 1. Those attachments include the following:

  • Transcript from current academic institution or through the National Student Clearinghouse.
  • One professional letter of reference, signed and on letterhead from a supervisor or manager which includes involvement and commitment to hospice and palliative care.
  • Resume or CV (2 pages or less)
  • Essay: minimum 250 words and must address all of the following points
    1. A detailed statement about your long-term professional goals; how you will achieve them and how this scholarship impacts your academic journey.
    2. How will you use this education to advance hospice and palliative care?
  • The HPNF Review Committee takes into account applicants' adherence to submission guidelines, completeness of applications, and quality of responses when reviewing the applicant pool.

 Download the Individual Education Scholarship Application          


Chapter Education Grants
Due July 30, 2021

HPNF promotes hospice and palliative nursing at the local level through Chapter Education Grants. Each year HPNF awards up to six (6) grants to HPNA Chartered Chapters. The purpose of the grant is to benefit chapter members through education and expand chapter membership. 

Each grant is typically $1,000. The grants are competitive and winners are selected by a review committee consisting of HPNA members. 


Provide an essay (minimum 500 words) that addresses the following points:

  • Describe your project, including what the goal is and how you will know when you've met your goal.
  • What are the methods, procedures, techniques, and timeline for achieving each step?
  • What are the measures utilized to evaluate the project; surveys, observations, case studies, focus groups/interviews, and the qualitative or quantitative outcomes that each of those measures will produce?
  • How will the project benefit the entire chapter and how will the project findings continue to benefit the entire chapter beyond the grant?
  • How is the project expected to expand membership within the grant time frame?
  • How will the project continue to expand membership beyond the grant?


  • A detailed line item budget and expenditure information (vendors, etc.).
  • A detailed explanation of where additional funds have been secured regarding monies beyond $1,500.
  • All costs associated with your project; rentals, marketing, fees, food, etc...
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