32 Nursing Students Awarded 2020 APNA Student Scholarships

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The APNA Student Scholarship program encourages students to pursue psychiatric-mental health nursing and cultivates the next generation of nurse leaders.

“One of the highlights of the APNA Annual Conference is recognizing these hardworking students on their achievements and sharing our stories with them."

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is pleased to announce the 32 nursing students selected to receive this year’s student scholarships. Scholarship recipients receive registration to attend the virtual APNA 34th Annual Conference, September 30 - October 4, 2020, as well as a one-year complimentary APNA membership to enjoy its professional benefits.

Each year, undergraduate and graduate-level nursing students across the nation are invited to apply for the scholarship. The APNA Student Scholarship program connects aspiring nurses to experienced professionals in the field, exposes them to a spectrum of career options, and sets them on a path to becoming leaders who are dedicated to psychiatric-mental health nursing.

“One of the highlights of the APNA Annual Conference is recognizing these hardworking students on their achievements and sharing our stories with them,” says APNA President Tari (Sattaria) Dilks, RN, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP. “Both the Board of Directors Scholarship and the Industry Sponsored Scholarship encourage their desire to dedicate their talents to improving mental health for those they serve. We are delighted that so many past participants report that the relationships and connections they make through this experience are helpful in their careers and aids in staying involved professionally.”

Funded by the APNA Board of Directors, the 2020 APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship is being awarded to 30 undergraduate and graduate nursing students. New this year and as a part of the APNA Industry Partnership Program, two students are receiving the APNA Industry Sponsored Scholarship. APNA would like to express thanks to the industry partners, AbbVie and Neurocrine Biosciences, for their sponsorship of these two scholarships.

APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars
30 students funded annually by the APNA Board of Directors

Pre-Licensure/Undergraduate Student Scholars
Reilly Caten – Brigham Young University
Molly Field – University of Wisconsin - Madison
Allison Gelfarb – University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Natalie Gerardi – Thomas Jefferson University
Megan Gottsacker – Kent State University
Hannah Ingle – University of Iowa
Julia Karambelas – Seattle University
Alysse Mastriano – Boston College
Glenn Agape Montero – Northern Illinois University
Josie Niedermeier – University of Alabama
Madison Pope – University of North Carolina - Wilmington
Sherry Prichodko – Aurora University
Abigail Schneider – University of Michigan School of Nursing
Ashley Van Slyke – University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Shawna Witt – University of Pittsburgh            

Graduate Student Scholars
Amina Aden – Arizona State University
Sheri Biggs – Samford University
Rachel Chenoweth – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Katrina Ferracane – University of Illinois at Chicago
Paula Gentile – Wilkes University
Melissa Hathhorn – Walden University
Chantal Hudak – Ohio State University
Ryan Keenan – Fairfield University
Courtney Marden – University of Utah
Nicole Perez – New York University
Marvin Solberg – Wayne State University
Carlton Spotswood – University of Southern Maine
Vicki Surgenavic – Robert Morris University
Angela Tatis – Duke University
Ramona Timberlake – University of Kansas Medical Center

APNA Industry Sponsored Scholars
Two students funded by industry sponsors as a part of the APNA Industry Partnership Program

APNA Industry Sponsored Scholarship - Neurocrine Biosciences
Grace Anderson, Undergraduate Student, University of Iowa College of Nursing

APNA Industry Sponsored Scholarship - AbbVie
Samantha Ault, Graduate Student, Ohio State University


About APNA:
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is a national professional membership organization committed to the practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. APNA’s membership is inclusive of all psychiatric-mental health registered nurses including associate degree, baccalaureate, advanced practice (comprised of clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse practitioners), and nurse scientists and academicians (PhD). APNA serves as a resource for psychiatric-mental health nurses to engage in networking, education, and the dissemination of evidence.
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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