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2018 Grant & Scholarship Recipients

AUSTIN, TX -- The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Grant and Scholarship Program. AANP is honored to have awarded $60,000 in scholarships and grants to its members. Recipients will be acknowledged at the AANP 2018 National Conference in Denver, June 26 July 1, where information about them will be on display.

2018 Grant Award Recipients ($2,500)

  • Brent J. Becnel, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, of Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
  • Louise Kaplan, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, of Washington State University, Vancouver, WA
  • Patsy Thompson Leavitt, DNP, FNP, of Leavitts Mill Free Health Center, Bar Mills, ME
  • Terri Marin, PhD, NNP-BC, FAANP, of Augusta University, Augusta, GA
  • Erin M. McMenamin, MSN, CRNP, AOCN, ACHPN, of Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

2018 Scholarship Award Recipients ($2,500)
Masters in Nursing Scholarship

  • Christina M. Bolduc, BSN, RN, EMT, of the University of Saint Joseph, South Windsor, CT
  • Megan Davis, RN, BSN, of the University of Southern Mississippi, Gulfport, MS
  • Robin Garrison, RN, BSN, CHPN, of Herzing University, Maui, HI
  • Nadezhda Kravchuk, RN, BSN, of Frontier Nursing University, Nampa, ID
  • Malikha Rankin, BSN, RN, of Walden University, Cleveland, OH
  • Carmen Sookhdeo, RN, BSN, OCN, NP-S, of Stony Brook University, Bronx, NY
  • Aileen Xu, RN, of University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Doctor of Nursing Practice - Post Master's Scholarship

  • Shari W. Bryant, MSN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP, of the University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN
  • Stephanie Dent, MSN, RN, of Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA
  • Rachel Powell, APRN, MSN, of Frontier Nursing University, Richmond, KY
  • Sandra Scholten, FNP-BC, of the University of Iowa, Indianola, IA
  • Sarah Thomas, FNP-BC, ARNP, of Indiana Wesleyan University, Louisville, KY
  • Isabel Cristina Zuniga, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, of The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX

Doctor of Nursing Practice BSN to DNP Scholarship

  • Zondrian Kelly-Mack, BSN, RN, of Loyola University, Bossier City, LA
  • Patricia Obeng, RN, BSN, of George Mason University, Chantilly, VA
  • Winny Omwamba, RN, BSN, CMSRN, of Winona State University, Rochester, MN
  • Rebecca L. Roche of Montana State University, Lewistown, MT
  • Crystal Ch Williams, RN, BSN, of the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
  • Sai-Han Ackerman Yu, MSN, RN, of University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners
(AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of the more than 248,000 licensed NPs in the U.S. AANP provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers. As The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner, AANP represents the interests of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered health care. To locate a nurse practitioner in your community, go to For more information about NPs, visit