Individual Education Scholarships

The individual education scholarships were established by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation to provide financial assistance for nursing professionals earning academic degrees. These scholarships support nursing professionals who are advancing their careers through academic achievement.

Six scholarships are offered to HPNA members and may be used for, but not limited to, tuition, books, computer software, and supplies that are related to nursing education. They are directed to nurses at all levels of nursing education from entry level through graduate degrees (i.e. associates, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate). 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
The scholarships are competitive and winners are selected from the applicant pool by the Individual Education Scholarship Review Committee consisting of HPNF Board members and HPNA members. Scholarship checks are sent directly to the awardees.


  • Hold a current HPNA membership.
  • Be providing hospice and palliative care nursing.
  • Be enrolled in a school of nursing or doctoral program accredited in the United States, be formally matriculated, in good standing, and have successfully completed at least one semester of coursework.  

To Apply

To apply, submit a complete individual education scholarship application and all required attachments as listed on the application to HPNF by e-mail at on or before June 1. The deadline is strictly enforced. Those attachments include the following:

  • Letter from the academic program or school that verifies enrollment and good academic standing, or transcripts from the National Student Clearing House (
  • Letter of reference on institutional letterhead from immediate nursing supervisor which should include assessment of your individual scholastic ability and commitment to hospice and palliative care
  • Resume or CV (preferably 2 pages or less)
  • Essay; minimum 250 words; maximum two-page, single-spaced, 12-point font; and describe: 
    • Your professional goals
    • Your plan to use this education to advance hospice and palliative care
  • The HPNF Individual Education Scholarship Review Committee takes into account applicants’ adherence to submission guidelines, completeness of applications, and quality of responses when reviewing the applicant pool. 

Scholarship Application

Individual Education Scholarship Recipients


  • Rebecca Lynn Edwards, DNP, APRN, ACNP, AOCNP, ACHPN® ~ Doctorate
  • Melanie Golden Henslee, BSN, RN, CHPN® ~ Doctorate
  • Carol Daley Cook, MSN, RN, CHPN® ~ Masters
  • Abbey Lynne Rouleau, RN, CHPN® ~ Masters
  • Kristen Marie Gropel, RN, CHPN® ~ Bachelors


  • Kristine Jo Harrington, MS, BSN, RN, AGNP-C ~ Doctorate
  • Niki Koesel, ANP, ACHPN, FPCN® ~ Doctorate
  • Emilie Allego, BSN, RN, CHPN® ~ Masters
  • Amy Jacobs, BSN, RN, CHPN® ~ Masters
  • Nicole Lauren Barrett, LPN, CHPN® ~ Associates


  • Marcia Lowe, MSN, RN-BC ~ Doctorate
  • William Saalfield, RN, BA, BSN, CCRN, CHPN® ~ Doctorate
  • Caitanya Min, BSN, RN ~ Masters
  • Rebecca Wedemeier, RN, CHPN® ~ Bachelors
  • Deborah Whalen, BSN, RN, CHPN®, OCN ~ Masters


  • Julie Christensen, RN, BSN, CHPN ~ Doctorate/DNP
  • Amy Jacobs, RN CHPN ~ Bachelors
  • Megan Morrison, PhD(c), RN, ARNP, FNP-BC, ACHPN® ~ Doctorate/PhD
  • Deborah Potticary, RN, BSN, CHPN® ~ Masters
  • Adonyah Whipple, BSN, RN, CHPN® ~ Masters


  • Barbara J. Olson, RN, CHPN® ~ Bachelors
  • Diana Cardella, RN, BSN, CHPN® ~ Masters
  • Jacqueline Hart, BSN, CHPN® ~ Masters
  • Han-Lin Chi, RN, BSN, MSN, CHPN® ~ Doctorate
  • Carma Erickson-Hurt, ACHPN® ~ Doctorate


  • Robin Alana Daniel ~ Associate
  • Kathryn Della D’Angelo ~ Bachelors
  • Laura Ann Healy, RN, BSN, NE-BC, CHPN® ~ Masters
  • Tasha M. Schoppee, RN, BSN, CHPN® ~ Masters
  • Joan Gleba Carpenter, RN, BSN, MSN, NP-C, GNP-BC, ACHPN® ~ Doctorate
  • Cheryl L. Petersen, RN, BSN, CPHON ~ Doctorate


  • Jennifer Marie Nicksic, RN ~ Bachelors
  • Clare L. Matis, RN, BSN, CHPN® ~ Masters
  • Catherina Anne Madani, RN, BSN, MSN, CHPN® ~ Doctorate


  • Lisa Mingo, CNA, CHPNA® ~ Associate
  • Belena Adkins, RN, CHPN® ~ Bachelors
  • Jennifer Rae Scheible, RN, BSN, CHPN® ~ Masters
  • Deborah Lafond, MS, PNP-BC, CPON, CHPPN® ~ Doctorate


  • Judith Adams
  • Elizabeth Anne Blackwell
  • Karen Peereboom
  • Jocelyn Reeves


  • Deborah Bourgeois, RN, BSN, CHPN® ~ Master of Science in nursing candidate
  • Brian Fikes, RN ~ Master of Science in nursing candidate
  • April Lockhart, CHPNA® ~ Associate of Science in nursing candidate


  • Marian Grant, RN, BSN, MSN, CNRP, ACHPN® ~ DNP candidate
  • Elizabeth Johns, RN-BC, BSN, CHPN® ~ Master of Science in nursing candidate
  • Pamela M. Johnson, RN, CHPN® ~ Bachelor of Science in nursing candidate


  • Evelyn Bollinger, RN, BS ~ Master of Science in nursing candidate
  • Lisa Church, RN, MSN ~ PhD candidate
  • Linda Judge-McRae, MDiv, RN, CHPN® ~ Bachelor of Science in nursing candidate


  • Polly Mazanec, MSN, APRN-BC, AOCN ~ Doctorate of Education in nursing candidate
  • Geraldine M. Nabozny, RN, CHPN® ~ Master of Science degree candidate


  • Yessenia D. Cantos-Flores, RN ~ Bachelor of Science degree candidate
  • Julie Hudziak, RN, OCN ~ Master of Science degree candidate
  • Kristen Marie Kirby, CHPLN® ~ Associate Degree in nursing candidate
  • Ingrid Sheets, MS, RNC, CNS ~ Doctorate of Education in nursing candidate