NAHN Scholarships and Awards

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses is pleased to announce the distribution of over $85,000 in scholarships to NAHN members this year at the Annual Gala during the 41st Annual NAHN Conference in Chicago.

Once again, we had a competitive year, and we offer many thanks to our generous funders who are actively helping increase the professionalism of Latino nurses. NAHN was honored to receive this scholarship money and related services from the United Health Foundation Divers Scholars Initiative’s Latino Health Scholars Program.

The eight new recipients are:

  • Arianna Vargas (San Diego Chapter)
  • Grace Ramirez (San Diego Chapter)
  • Girah Caraballo, RN (NAHN National)
  • Brenda Miguel Cruz (San Diego Chapter)
  • Cynthia Colmenares (Garden State Chapter)
  • Daniela Vargas (San Diego and San Francisco Chapters)
  • Laura Penalo, MS, RN, CNL (New York Chapter)
  • Horacio Lemus, RN (San Diego Chapter)

Returning scholars are:

  • Gerardo Flores, MSN, RN (Los Angeles Chapter)
  • Adrial Lobelo, RN, NNP (New York Chapter)
  • Santiago Mercado, BSN, RN, CLRN (Dallas Chapter)
  • Maria Vera-Irizarry, MS, RN (Long Island Chapter)
  • Suzanne Carvajal-Pinos, RN (Broward County Chapter)
  • Lluriana Bailon, BSN, RN (NAHN National)
  • Koral Liriano (NAHN National)
  • Leah Ruiz (Phoenix Chapter)

In addition to the United Health Foundation Scholarships, NAHN awarded a total $4,500 from the Past Presidents Scholarship Fund to the following members:

Jennifer Sanchez, Northeast (Pennsylvania Chapter) – In honor of Hector Hugo Gonzalez, PhD, VR-RN (retired)
Sara Jiminez (San Diego Chapter) – In honor of Carmen Portillo, PhD, RN, FAAN
Caesar Rangel (Phoenix Chapter) – In honor of Nilda (Nena) Peragallo, DrPH, RN, FAAN
Zayra Quintero (San Diego Chapter) – In honor of Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, FAAN

NAHN also awarded a NAHN Scholarship to Paulette Lizarraga, RN (Phoenix Chapter)

Children’s Mercy Scholarship

Arianna Vargas (San Diego Chapter) received the Children’s Mercy Scholarship