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2022 AANP Grant and Scholarship Recipients Announced

Media Contact: Bryan Black

AUSTIN, TEXAS — The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 AANP Grants and Scholarships program. During this funding cycle, the association is honored to have awarded a total of $145,000 in professional funding to 55 members through the AANP Grants and Scholarships program. AANP continues to prioritize its investment in the future of nurse practitioners (NPs) through its annual offering of grants and scholarships. Those interested in applying for funding may learn more about this program and other opportunities on the AANP website.

  • 2022 AANP Grant Award Recipients

    Congratulations to the following 2022 AANP Grant award recipients.

    • Karl Cristie Figuracion, MSN, ARNP, AGNP-BC, AOCNP, of the University of Washington School of Nursing from Bothell, Washington.

    • Margaret M. Harding, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, RNFA, CPAN, of East Carolina University from Greenville, North Carolina.

    • Rebecca C. Mueller, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, of Newmann University from Aston, Pennsylvania.

    • Reimund Serafica, PhD, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNE, of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • 2022 AANP Scholarship Award Recipients

    Congratulations to the following 2022 AANP Scholarship award recipients.

    Master’s in Nursing

    • Arlene Blake, BSN, RN, FNP-C, of the George Washington University from Falls Church, Virginia.
    • Angela C. Bohm, BSN, RN, CPN, of Texas Tech University Health Science Center from San Antonio, Texas.
    • William Comer, BSN, of Simmons University from Oakland, California.
    • Kara Cummings, BSN, RN, NCSN, of Carson-Newman University from Candler, North Carolina.
    • Tsetan Dolqar, RN, of Edgewood College from Madison, Wisconsin.
    • Grace Eckels, BSN, RN, of the University of Pennsylvania from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    • Karla Hawke, BSN, RN, CHPN, of Boise State University from Vancouver, Washington.
    • Amy Hayes, BSN, RN, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham from Greensboro, Georgia.
    • Raquel Hernandez, RN, BSN, of McMurry University from Abilene, Texas.
    • Adolph M. Herrera, BSN, RN, ACHRN, of the University of Texas at Arlington from Panama City Beach, Florida.
    • Clare E. Hoff, BSN, RN, CEN, MBA, of Old Dominion University from Chesapeake, Virginia.
    • Melanie Inglefield, RN, BSN, of Regis University from Littleton, Colorado.
    • Katherine Izzo-Andujar, BSN, RN, of South University from Tampa, Florida.
    • Annette James, BSN, MS, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, of American Sentinel/Post University from Checotah, Oklahoma.
    • Brett W. Jordan, BSN, RN, CEN, of Frontier Nursing University from Creedmoor, North Carolina.
    • Miriam Kamau, BSN, RN, PMH-BC, PHN, of Azusa Pacific University from Los Angeles, California.
    • Adelle Kesler, BSN, RN, CHPN, of Wright State University from Dayton, Ohio.
    • Nadia Malik Shaboti, MS, BS, BSN, RN, of Walden University from Agoura Hills, California.
    • Melissa E. Mercado, BSN, RN, of Florida Southern College from Apopka, Florida.
    • Mariessa Molloy, BSN, of the University of Pennsylvania from Wilmington, Delaware.
    • Anna Montague, BSN, RN, of the University of Missouri Columbia from St. Louis, Missouri.
    • Melissa Neill, RN, of Walden University from Wellington, Florida.
    • Cheryl Perkins, RNC-OB, C-EFM, of Chamberlain University from Troy, Michigan.
    • Evelyn Ramirez, BSN, RN, PHN, of Chamberlain University from Whittier, California.
    • Elizabeth Rauh, BSN, RN, CWOCN, of Simmons University from Evanston, Illinois.
    • Natalie Root, MSN, BSN, RN, BCEN, CPEN, of American Sentinel College of Nursing at Post University from Fredericksburg, Virginia.
    • Theresa Sheehan, RN, MSN, PCCN, of Azusa Pacific University from San Diego, California.
    • April Thums, BSN, RN, CCRN, of Duke University from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
    • Ryan Willis, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN, of Gonzaga University from Bellingham, Washington.

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) — Post-Master’s

    • Sonia Betancourt, MSN, RN, FNP-c, of the University of California, Los Angeles from Riverside, California.
    • Shannon Boyd, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, of Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi from Abilene, Texas.
    • Brittany Hill, NP-BC, MSN, of Simmons University from Boston, Massachusetts.
    • Susan Hofmann, MSN, APRN, of the University of Kansas Medical Center from Overland Park, Kansas.
    • Jennifer Leone, MS, RN, FNP-C, CNS, CEN, Lt Col, USAF, of Duke University from Marlton, New Jersey.
    • Kirsty Joy Nomch, FNP-C, of Frontier Nursing University from Madison Lake, Minnesota.
    • Jill Olmstead, MSN, NP-C, FAANP, of University of California Irvine from Huntington Beach, California.
    • Kimberly Thornhill, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, of the University of Iowa from St. Louis, Missouri.
    • James Braxton Yeager, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, of Texas Christian University from Fayetteville, Arkansas.
    • Esmeralda H. Young, MSN, APRN, NP-C, of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences from Tampa, Florida.

    DNP — Bachelor of Science in Nursing to DNP

    • Katelin Axtell, BSN, RN, of Baylor University from Fayetteville, Arkansas.
    • • Madalyn Baczkowski, BSN, RN, of the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor from Ann Arbor, Michigan.
    • Olga Baeva Johnson, RN, BSN, of the University of Wyoming from Jackson, Wyoming.
    • Hannah Ederle, BSN, RN, PCCN, of Washburn University from Shawnee, Kansas.
    • Roshani Kandel, MPH, RN, BSN, of the University of Iowa College of Nursing from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.
    • Aastha Krebs, MBA-HCM, BSN, RN, of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston from Houston, Texas.
    • Kristen Mabry, BSN, RN, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham from Madison, Alabama.
    • Michelle Raney, RN, BSN, of Arizona State University from Chandler, Arizona.
    • Emma Sparboe, BSN, RN, of the University of Mary from Bozeman, Montana.
    • Erin Topalian, RN, of Old Dominion University from Norfolk, Virginia.
    • Grecia Zamora, RN, of University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston from Houston, Texas.

    Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing or Related Field

    • Katie Fitzgerald Jones, APN, CARN-AP, of Boston College from Marshfield, Massachusetts.


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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 355,000 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 NPs' 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 an NP in your community, visit npfinder.com. For more information about NPs, visit aanp.org. For COVID-19 information from AANP, visit aanp.org/COVID19.