Nursing Scholarships

To recognize and promote excellence in nursing care of mothers and babies generously supported by Pampers.
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Established in 1998, the March of Dimes Nursing Scholarships recognize and promotes excellence in nursing and furthers the organization's commitment to ensuring moms and babies receive the highest quality of medical care, as well as improving health equity. They are awarded to the highest scoring applicants demonstrating a commitment to the mission of March of Dimes. The recipients each receive a $10,000 scholarship supported by Pampers®, a March of Dimes partner for more than 26 years.

Qualified applicants for the Margaret Comerford Freda March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarship are registered nurses currently enrolled in a graduate program in maternal-child nursing at the master's or doctoral level. This award is named in honor of long-time March of Dimes National Nurse Advisory Council Chair, volunteer, and friend, Dr. Margaret Comerford Freda. The scholarship is available to registered nurses pursuing degrees at the master's or doctorate level with a demonstrated commitment to improving maternal and infant health outcomes and health equity for all moms and babies.

Qualified applicants for the Undergraduate Nursing Diversity Scholarship awarded to an undergraduate at an accredited school of nursing, from a racial or ethnic group underrepresented among nurses. Eligible applicants include students enrolled in an undergraduate accredited school of nursing who intends to work in maternal and infant health after graduating from nursing school.

Applications are now closed. Scholarship recipients will be announced in June 2024.

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Pampers and March of Dimes have come together to address the U.S. maternal mortality rate, which is the highest among developed countries, especially for Black moms. For more than 20 years, Pampers has been a key corporate partner with March of Dimes. Today, Pampers sponsors three of our initiatives aimed at advancing health equity for Black women: March of Dimes Nursing Scholarship Program; the Maternal HealthCARE Initiative; and the delivery of Awareness to Action: Dismantling Bias in Maternal and Infant Healthcare™ implicit bias training for select healthcare professionals across the country.

Previous Nursing Scholarship recipients

  • Nina A. Juntereal, BSN, RN, University of Pennsylvania
  • Corona Blakey, University of Pennsylvania
  • Abby Britt, RN, MSN, APRN-CNM, MA Public Anthropology, Emory University
  • Nicole Cistone, MSN, RNC-NIC, Ohio State University
  • Karen Faulk, PhD, BSN, LCCE, CD (DONA), University of Pittsburgh
  • Jenna Wheeler, BNS, RN, CBC, University of Central Florida
  • Heather Bradford, MSN, CNM, Vanderbilt University
  • Illiyah Edwards, RN, Duke University
  • Melicia Escobar, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC, Georgetown University
  • Amy Goh, MSN, WHNP, CNM, Boston College
  • Gladys Vallespir Ellett, RN, MA, IBCLC, LCCE, New York University
  • Emily M. Malloy, CNM, APNP, IBCLC, Marquette University
  • Eva Inorine Martineau, MPH, RN, IBCLC, LCCE, State University of New York
  • Hannah Cole McGrew, RN, Vanderbilt University 
  • Robyn Schafer, MSN, EdM, CNM, IBCLC, CNE, Vanderbilt University
  • Noelene Jeffers, RN, CNM, Johns Hopkins University 
  • Emily Johnson, RN, University of New Mexico
  • Heidi Young-Blackgoat, RN, Georgetown University
  • Kristin DeArruda Wharton, RN, IBCLC
  • Isabel Brewster, RN
  • Natima Geis, RN
  • Marliese Nist, RNC-NIC
  • Jeanine Valrie Logan, RN, MSN, MPH
  • Jessie Sue Holmquist, RN, BSN
  • Shakima Wiggins, RN, BSN, LCCE, IBCLC
  • Kathryn Malin, RN, APRN, NNP-BC
  • Corinne Audette, MSN, CNM, Orlando, FL, University of Central Florida
  • Melissa J. Kurtz, MSN, MA, RN, Baltimore, MD, Johns Hopkins University
  • Michele Kacmarcik Savin, MSN, NNP-BC, Wilmington, DE, Thomas Jefferson University
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Carolyn Constantin, MSN, RNC, Atlanta, GA
  • Cecily Floyd, BSRN, Pocatello, ID
  • Eileen Ehudin Pagano, CNM, Columbia, MD
  • Laura Warren, RN, Oakland, CA
  • 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
  • Terry Griffin, RNC, MS, NNP, Long Grove, IL
  • Wendy Rasso, RN, Pueblo, CO
  • Ginger L. Breedlove, CNM, MSN, Kansas City, MO
  • Carol Sue Omel, RN, MPH, Portland, OR