Graduate nursing scholarships

To recognize and promote excellence in nursing care of mothers and babies, the March of Dimes offers several $5,000 scholarships annually to registered nurses enrolled in graduate programs of maternal-child nursing.

Applications for 2016 scholarships are due on February 1, 2016. The online application form is available at marchofdimes.org/scholarship.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicant must be a registered nurse.
  • Applicant must currently be enrolled in graduate education with a focus on maternal-child nursing at the master's or doctoral level.
  • Applicant must have at least one academic term to complete after August of the year in which the scholarship is awarded.
  • Applicant must be a member of at least one of the following professional organizations: the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses; the American College of Nurse-Midwives; or the National Association of Neonatal Nurses.
  • Applicant cannot be a previous recipient of the March of Dimes graduate nursing scholarship.
  • Employees of the March of Dimes, members of its Board of Trustees, and their family members are not eligible.

Scholarship recipients are announced in May each year.

Previous recipients

2015

  • Lauren M. Head, BSN, RN, Decatur, GA, Emory University
  • Laura Manns-James, PhD(c), CNM, WHNP-BC, Oberlin, OH, Kent State University
  • Ali Sevilla de Cocco, MDiv, SNM, Nashville, TN, Vanderbilt University
  • Valerie Willis, MSN, RN, PNP-BC, CNS-BC, Menifee, CA, University of San Diego

2014

  • Diana R. Jolles, MSN, PhD(c), CNM, Houston, TX, Texas Woman's University
  • Mary L. Puchalski, MS, APN, CNS, NNP-BC, Pittsburgh, PA, Chatham University
  • Wendy A. Shultis, PhD, RN, Portland, OR, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Hien K. Tran, RN, BSN, SNM, Albuquerque, NM, University of New Mexico

2013

  • Nicole Smith Carlson, MS, CNM, Decatur, GA, University of Colorado
  • Kathleen Jones Danhausen, SNM, MPH, Nashville, TN, Vanderbilt University
  • Samantha L. Port, MSN, MBA, RNC-OB, C-EFM, Campbellsville, KY,
    Western Kentucky University
  • Donna Louise Schminkey, PhDc, MPH, RN, CNM, Harrisonburg, VA, University of Virginia

2012

  • Rachel Ballester, RN, Springfield, MA , Baystate Midwifery Education Program
  • Michelle Dynes, CNM, MSN, MPH, Atlanta, GA, Emory University
  • Julie Moon, RN, Hyden, KY, Frontier Nursing University
  • Njoki Ng'ang'a MPhil, MSc, RNC, New York, NY, Columbia University

2011

  • Rachel Newhouse, RN, Chicago, IL, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Julia Vigdis Perkins, RN, Baltimore, MD, Johns Hopkins University & Shenandoah University
  • Rebecca M. Pfender, RN, BSN, Philadelphia, PA, University of Pennsylvania
  • Annie J. Rohan, MSN, RNC, NNP/PNP, Stony Brook, NY, Columbia University

2010

  • Kirsten Hanrahan, ARNP, DNPc , Iowa City, IA, University of Iowa
  • Amana Alcala Moss, MN, RN, Corvallis, OR, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Amy E. Starke, MPH, RN, Ann Arbor, MI, University of Michigan
  • Leah M. Peterson, RN, SNM, San Francisco, CA, University of California, San Francisco

2009

  • MaryJane Lewitt, RN, CNM, MN, Atlanta, GA, Emory University
  • Priscilla M. Nodine, CNM, MS, Lakewood, CO, University of Colorado at Denver
  • Ping Jin Porter, RN, BSN, SNM, Albuquerque, NM, University of New Mexico
  • Lauren Thorngate, Ph(c), RN, CCRN, Seattle, WA, University of Washington

2008

  • Ashley E. Darcy, BSN, RN, Philadelphia, PA, University of Pennsylvania
  • Lorie Smith Goshin, RN, MSN, New York, NY, Columbia University
  • Cynthia Jensen, RN, BSN, CCRN, San Francisco, CA, University of California
  • Amy Law, MS, CNM, San Francisco, CA, University of California
  • Ana Luisa Ralston, RN, Washington, D.C., Georgetown University
  • Libby Averill Rosen, RN, BSN, PhDc, Kansas City, KS Kansas University
  • Erin Hannah Tenney, RN, BSN, Hyden, KY, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing
  • Kristin VanderEnde, RN, MSN, CNM, Atlanta, GA, Emory University

2007

  • Anjli Aurora, RN, MPH, Duluth, GA, Emory University
  • Sandra A. Banta-Wright, RNC, MN, NNP, Portland, OR, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Jessica Brumley, CNM, Tampa, FL, University of South Florida
  • Jane M. DeLuca, RN, PNP, APNG, Rochester, NY, University of Rochester
  • Laura R. Jenson, RN, SNM, Portland, OR, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Laura Kostura, RN, Georgetown, MA, Currently on active duty in Iraq. University of Cincinnati

2006

  • Kate E. Becker, RN, BSN, MTS, Philadelphia, PA, University of Pennsylvania
  • Mary Ann Dominick, RN, Mentor on the Lake, OH, Case Western Reserve University
  • Dawn Kingston, RN, MSC, Ontario, Canada, McMaster University
  • Gwen Latendresse, CNM, MS, PhD(c), West Jordan, UT, University of Utah
  • Jody Lori, CNM, Ann Arbor, MI, University of Arizona
  • Nicole Rouhana, CNM, Vestal, NY, Binghamton University

2005

  • Mary K. Barger, CNM, Cambridge, MA, Boston University
  • Robin Cutler Bratt, RN, Minneapolis, MN, University of Minnesota
  • Julia Chachere, SNM, MPH, Sag Harbor, NY, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Kathleen Utter King, CNM, Rochester, NY, University of Rochester
  • Rebecca Matthews, RN, Jonesboro, AR, University of Tennessee
  • Elizabeth A. Thomas, MSN, RNC, PhD(c), Lubbock, TX, University of Arizona

2004

  • Robin B. Knobel, RNC, MSN, NNP, Greenville, NC, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Christie N. Lawrence, RN, BSN, Country Club Hills, IL, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Gina Novick, CNM, MSN, Hamden, CT, Yale University
  • Bridget Rene Robinson, RN, BSN, Trenton, MO, University of Kansas Medical Center

2003

  • Margie A. Campbell, RNC, Columbus, IN
  • Dawn E. Dailey, RN, MSN, CS, Vacaville, CA
  • Kelli Dyer, BSN, RN, ICCE, Columbus, GA
  • Debra L. Hamilton, RN, BSN, CCM, CNLCP, Cheyenne, WY

2002

  • Jo Ann Dotson, RN, MSN, Helena, MT
  • Judith Hilton, MSN, RNC, Hickory, NC
  • Barbara McFarlin, CNM, MS, RDMS, Chicago, IL
  • Linda Shewey, ICCE, RN, PhD, Kent, WA

2001

  • Carolyn Constantin, MSN, RNC, Atlanta, GA
  • Cecily Floyd, BSRN, Pocatello, ID
  • Eileen Ehudin Pagano, CNM, Columbia, MD
  • Laura Warren, RN, Oakland, CA

2000

  • Emily Merideth, RN, MPH, Berkeley, CA
  • Therese McMahan, RNC, MSN, OGNP, Somerville, MA
  • Verna J. Schad, RN, MS, FNP, SNM, Lantry, SD
  • Laura B. Strange, RN, MN, Dunwoody, GA

1999

  • Terry Griffin, RNC, MS, NNP, Long Grove, IL
  • Wendy Rasso, RN, Pueblo, CO

1998

  • Ginger L. Breedlove, CNM, MSN, Kansas City, MO
  • Carol Sue Omel, RN, MPH, Portland, OR

To recognize and promote excellence in nursing care of mothers and babies, the March of Dimes offers several $5,000 scholarships annually to registered nurses enrolled in graduate programs of maternal-child nursing.

Applications for 2016 scholarships are due on February 1, 2016. The online application form is available at marchofdimes.org/scholarship.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicant must be a registered nurse.
  • Applicant must currently be enrolled in graduate education with a focus on maternal-child nursing at the master's or doctoral level.
  • Applicant must have at least one academic term to complete after August of the year in which the scholarship is awarded.
  • Applicant must be a member of at least one of the following professional organizations: the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses; the American College of Nurse-Midwives; or the National Association of Neonatal Nurses.
  • Applicant cannot be a previous recipient of the March of Dimes graduate nursing scholarship.
  • Employees of the March of Dimes, members of its Board of Trustees, and their family members are not eligible.

Scholarship recipients are announced in May each year.

Previous recipients

2015

  • Lauren M. Head, BSN, RN, Decatur, GA, Emory University
  • Laura Manns-James, PhD(c), CNM, WHNP-BC, Oberlin, OH, Kent State University
  • Ali Sevilla de Cocco, MDiv, SNM, Nashville, TN, Vanderbilt University
  • Valerie Willis, MSN, RN, PNP-BC, CNS-BC, Menifee, CA, University of San Diego

2014

  • Diana R. Jolles, MSN, PhD(c), CNM, Houston, TX, Texas Woman's University
  • Mary L. Puchalski, MS, APN, CNS, NNP-BC, Pittsburgh, PA, Chatham University
  • Wendy A. Shultis, PhD, RN, Portland, OR, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Hien K. Tran, RN, BSN, SNM, Albuquerque, NM, University of New Mexico

2013

  • Nicole Smith Carlson, MS, CNM, Decatur, GA, University of Colorado
  • Kathleen Jones Danhausen, SNM, MPH, Nashville, TN, Vanderbilt University
  • Samantha L. Port, MSN, MBA, RNC-OB, C-EFM, Campbellsville, KY,
    Western Kentucky University
  • Donna Louise Schminkey, PhDc, MPH, RN, CNM, Harrisonburg, VA, University of Virginia

2012

  • Rachel Ballester, RN, Springfield, MA , Baystate Midwifery Education Program
  • Michelle Dynes, CNM, MSN, MPH, Atlanta, GA, Emory University
  • Julie Moon, RN, Hyden, KY, Frontier Nursing University
  • Njoki Ng'ang'a MPhil, MSc, RNC, New York, NY, Columbia University

2011

  • Rachel Newhouse, RN, Chicago, IL, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Julia Vigdis Perkins, RN, Baltimore, MD, Johns Hopkins University & Shenandoah University
  • Rebecca M. Pfender, RN, BSN, Philadelphia, PA, University of Pennsylvania
  • Annie J. Rohan, MSN, RNC, NNP/PNP, Stony Brook, NY, Columbia University

2010

  • Kirsten Hanrahan, ARNP, DNPc , Iowa City, IA, University of Iowa
  • Amana Alcala Moss, MN, RN, Corvallis, OR, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Amy E. Starke, MPH, RN, Ann Arbor, MI, University of Michigan
  • Leah M. Peterson, RN, SNM, San Francisco, CA, University of California, San Francisco

2009

  • MaryJane Lewitt, RN, CNM, MN, Atlanta, GA, Emory University
  • Priscilla M. Nodine, CNM, MS, Lakewood, CO, University of Colorado at Denver
  • Ping Jin Porter, RN, BSN, SNM, Albuquerque, NM, University of New Mexico
  • Lauren Thorngate, Ph(c), RN, CCRN, Seattle, WA, University of Washington

2008

  • Ashley E. Darcy, BSN, RN, Philadelphia, PA, University of Pennsylvania
  • Lorie Smith Goshin, RN, MSN, New York, NY, Columbia University
  • Cynthia Jensen, RN, BSN, CCRN, San Francisco, CA, University of California
  • Amy Law, MS, CNM, San Francisco, CA, University of California
  • Ana Luisa Ralston, RN, Washington, D.C., Georgetown University
  • Libby Averill Rosen, RN, BSN, PhDc, Kansas City, KS Kansas University
  • Erin Hannah Tenney, RN, BSN, Hyden, KY, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing
  • Kristin VanderEnde, RN, MSN, CNM, Atlanta, GA, Emory University

2007

  • Anjli Aurora, RN, MPH, Duluth, GA, Emory University
  • Sandra A. Banta-Wright, RNC, MN, NNP, Portland, OR, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Jessica Brumley, CNM, Tampa, FL, University of South Florida
  • Jane M. DeLuca, RN, PNP, APNG, Rochester, NY, University of Rochester
  • Laura R. Jenson, RN, SNM, Portland, OR, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Laura Kostura, RN, Georgetown, MA, Currently on active duty in Iraq. University of Cincinnati

2006

  • Kate E. Becker, RN, BSN, MTS, Philadelphia, PA, University of Pennsylvania
  • Mary Ann Dominick, RN, Mentor on the Lake, OH, Case Western Reserve University
  • Dawn Kingston, RN, MSC, Ontario, Canada, McMaster University
  • Gwen Latendresse, CNM, MS, PhD(c), West Jordan, UT, University of Utah
  • Jody Lori, CNM, Ann Arbor, MI, University of Arizona
  • Nicole Rouhana, CNM, Vestal, NY, Binghamton University

2005

  • Mary K. Barger, CNM, Cambridge, MA, Boston University
  • Robin Cutler Bratt, RN, Minneapolis, MN, University of Minnesota
  • Julia Chachere, SNM, MPH, Sag Harbor, NY, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Kathleen Utter King, CNM, Rochester, NY, University of Rochester
  • Rebecca Matthews, RN, Jonesboro, AR, University of Tennessee
  • Elizabeth A. Thomas, MSN, RNC, PhD(c), Lubbock, TX, University of Arizona

2004

  • Robin B. Knobel, RNC, MSN, NNP, Greenville, NC, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Christie N. Lawrence, RN, BSN, Country Club Hills, IL, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Gina Novick, CNM, MSN, Hamden, CT, Yale University
  • Bridget Rene Robinson, RN, BSN, Trenton, MO, University of Kansas Medical Center

2003

  • Margie A. Campbell, RNC, Columbus, IN
  • Dawn E. Dailey, RN, MSN, CS, Vacaville, CA
  • Kelli Dyer, BSN, RN, ICCE, Columbus, GA
  • Debra L. Hamilton, RN, BSN, CCM, CNLCP, Cheyenne, WY

2002

  • Jo Ann Dotson, RN, MSN, Helena, MT
  • Judith Hilton, MSN, RNC, Hickory, NC
  • Barbara McFarlin, CNM, MS, RDMS, Chicago, IL
  • Linda Shewey, ICCE, RN, PhD, Kent, WA

2001

  • Carolyn Constantin, MSN, RNC, Atlanta, GA
  • Cecily Floyd, BSRN, Pocatello, ID
  • Eileen Ehudin Pagano, CNM, Columbia, MD
  • Laura Warren, RN, Oakland, CA

2000

  • Emily Merideth, RN, MPH, Berkeley, CA
  • Therese McMahan, RNC, MSN, OGNP, Somerville, MA
  • Verna J. Schad, RN, MS, FNP, SNM, Lantry, SD
  • Laura B. Strange, RN, MN, Dunwoody, GA

1999

  • Terry Griffin, RNC, MS, NNP, Long Grove, IL
  • Wendy Rasso, RN, Pueblo, CO

1998

  • Ginger L. Breedlove, CNM, MSN, Kansas City, MO
  • Carol Sue Omel, RN, MPH, Portland, OR