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2023 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 2023 AANP Grants and Scholarships program. During this funding cycle, the association awarded a total of $145,000 in professional funding to 51 members through eight grants and 43 scholarships. AANP is honored to invest in the future of nurse practitioners (NPs) through this annual program. Those interested in applying for funding may learn more about AANP grants, scholarships and other opportunities on the AANP website.

  • 2023 AANP Grant Recipients
    • Leslie L. Davis, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, FACC, FAHA, FPCNA, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
    • Deb Hickman, DNP, APRN-CNP, CPNP-PC, NNP-BC, of Sanford Health from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    • Kristopher Jackson, PhD, of the University of California from San Francisco, California.
    • Julius Johnson, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, of Greater NYC-BNA from Brooklyn, New York.
    • Annmarie Johnson-Rowe, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC, of Rutgers University from Newark, New Jersey.
    • Emily S. Laker, MSN, MPH, APRN, FNP-C, of Duke University from Durham, North Carolina.
    • Viktoriya Pleshkan, PhD, APRN, FNP-C, of the University of Memphis from Memphis, Tennessee.
    • Elke Zschaebitz, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, of Georgetown University School of Nursing from Washington, District of Columbia.
  • 2023 AANP Scholarship Recipients

    Master’s in Nursing

    • Heather M. Armstrong, BSN, RN, CEN, of Maryville University of St. Louis from Kerrville, Texas.
    • Suzanne Black, BSN, RN, of Northern Kentucky University from Florence, Kentucky.
    • Karshawna Brown, BSN, RN, of Spring Arbor University from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
    • Jazmin L. Budd, MSN, RN, of Chamberlain University from Chesterfield, Virginia.
    • Quyen Bui, RN, BSN, of San Jose State University from San Jose, California.
    • Austin Cole Byrd, RN, BSN, CST, of the University of Alabama of Birmingham from Huntsville, Alabama.
    • Kristi Castellano, BSN, RN, of Frontier Nursing University from Bend, Oregon.
    • Linda Castillo, MBA, BSN, RN, CCM, CWCN, of PACE University from Newburgh, New York.
    • Michael J. Diaz, BSN, RN, of Husson University from Bronx, New York.
    • Amanda M. Gutierrez, BSN, RN, of Gonzaga University from Selah, Washington.
    • Araceli Huerta, MSN, FNP, BSN, RN, of California Fresno State University from Madera, California.
    • Kaitlin Keller, BSN, BS, RNC-OB, of Wilkes University from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
    • Danielle Kerns, BSN, RN, of Regis University from Salida, Colorado.
    • Yoke Wah Khoo, RN, BSN, of Long Island University Brooklyn from New York, New York.
    • Alexis D. Murphy, SWHNP, of Georgetown University from Sanford, Florida.
    • Jordan Nelson, BSN, RN, of Case Western Reserve University from Lakewood, Ohio.
    • Gina Piscatelle, BSN, RN, of Northern Kentucky University from Farmington, Kentucky.
    • Ashley Reda, RN, BSN, CCRN, of Walden University from Joppa, Maryland.
    • Lola Rodden, RN, of Frontier Nursing University from Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Hannah Rodriguez, RN, BSN, CCRN, of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center from Lubbock, Texas.
    • Emily Santillan, FNP-S, RN, BSN, of Brigham Young University from Lehi, Utah.
    • Charlie Scheck, RN, BSN, CCRN, of Frontier Nursing University from San Diego, California.
    • Candace Sneed, BSN, RN, of the University of Colorado from Boulder, Colorado.
    • Sandra Torres, RN, of the University of Southern California from Oak Hills, California.
    • Maya Y. Williams, RN, of the University of California San Francisco from Oakland, California.
    • Kelyn Youmans, BSN, RN, of Old Dominion University from Onancock, Virginia.

    Doctor of Nursing Practice — Post Master’s

    • Sarah Ko, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, of the University of California at Los Angeles from Los Angeles, California.
    • Mark D. Miller, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing from Nashville, Tennessee.
    • Suzanne Paul, MSN, BSN, FNP-C, of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus from Denver, Colorado.
    • Sandra N. Pratt, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC-AC, of Chamberlain University from Cullowhee, North Carolina.
    • Deborah Schindele, MA, MSN, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP, of Northern Arizona University from Sedona, Arizona.
    • Rosemary Uy-Palmer, MSN, MBA-HM, APRN, FNP-BC, of New Mexico State University from Elmhurst, Illinois.
    • Nastassja Williams, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, of Illinois State University, from Homer Glen, Illinois.

    Doctor of Nursing Practice — BSN to DNP

    • Judith L. Abbey, APRN, FNP-C, ENP-C, of the University of South Alabama from Jacksonville, Florida.
    • Dalton Bender, RN, of the University of Michigan from Ann Arbor, Michigan.
    • Rhonda Bieber, BSN, RN, DNP-S, of the University of Mary from Bismarck, North Dakota.
    • Lacey Irias, RN, BSN, of Gardner- Webb University from Charlotte, North Carolina.
    • Trudian Jones, RN, PMHNP-S, of Florida International University from North Lauderdale, Florida.
    • Ayako Kuki, RN, DNP-S, of the University of Vermont from Essex Junction, Vermont.
    • Irvin Ong, EdD, MHPEd, RN, of John Hopkins University from Baltimore, Maryland.
    • Rika Win Kemp, BSN, RN, of the Medical University of South Carolina from Charleston, South Carolina.
    • Melanie Young, BSN, RN, of Weber State University from Layton, Utah.

    Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing or Related Field

    • Amir Islam, MSN, FNP-BC, of Pace University from New Hampton, New York.


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