Awards and Scholarships
The Hispanic Nurses ®



About the NAHN Scholarship Program

(Note: We will open the 2019 application process next spring)

Scholarship awards are presented annually, during the spring, to NAHN members enrolled in accredited LVN/LPN, associate, diploma, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing programs. Scholarships are available to NAHN members only. For information about joining NAHN, visit our home page and click on the orange button that says "join now" 

Selection of recipients is based on many factors including need, current academic standing, and NAHN membership, course of study, supporting documentation and other factors. We will open another round of scholarship applications in Spring 2019.  Successful scholarship applicants are notified by e-mail and letter in June and scholarships are presented at NAHN's Annual Conference. It is mandatory for the scholarship recipients to attend the conference.

Scholarship recipients are a select group of Hispanic nursing students who demonstrate promise of professional contributions to the nursing profession and who have the potential to act as role models for other aspiring nursing students.

The number of scholarships offered each year is dependent upon the amount of money in the scholarship fund.

If you are interested in applying for a NAHN scholarship, you must be a member. For information on joining NAHN, visit our home page and click on the orange "Join Now" button.  

Here are the scholarships NAHN offers:

UnitedHealth Foundation

The United Health Foundation Diverse ScholarsInitiative works to increase the number of primary care health providers ready to meet health care needs now and in the future by creating a more culturally relevant health workforce and a more effective health care system, particularly in underserved communities. NAHN values its partnership with the United Health Foundation, who provides a $5,000 per year scholarship for three consecutive years. Scholar conference registration and membership dues are funded by UHF through the academic years scholarships are received. Some NAHN chapters will review scholarship submissions for completeness and offer suggestions for improvement prior to submission. Check with your chapter president for details.

Hector Gonzalez Past Presidents Scholarship

NAHN Past President and founding member Hector Hugo Gonzalez has funded a scholarship for nursing students. Male nursing students are especially encouraged to apply for this scholarship which is awarded for a single year. Scholarship amounts vary; the scholarship award for 2018-2019 is $4,000.

NurseTim Scholarship provides a $1,000 scholarship that is targeted toward graduate level nursing students who are specializing in nursing education and who plan on teaching upon graduation.


NAHN Scholarship Recipients Through the Years


About the NAHN Awards

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) established a series of awards to honor and provide special recognition to Hispanic nurses.

These special awards honor NAHN members for their demonstrated excellence in nursing education, community service and for their spirit and dedication in serving the Hispanic community. Special awards are an opportunity for NAHN members to be recognized and celebrated for their extraordinary achievements within the nursing discipline.


  • Latino Legacy Award The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) recognizes a small group of members as (Latino Legacy) who have contributed to the nursing profession with commitment to advancing the health in Hispanic communities and to lead, promote and advocate the educational, professional, and leadership opportunities for Hispanic nurses. Although these Latino Legacies have typically stepped down from the positions through which they made their legendary contributions, their work through NAHN continues to have a positive, ongoing impact on the profession and our communities. Criteria: 1. A Latino Legacy must have been a member of NAHN for at least 15 years and currently be a member in good standing.  2. S/he must be sponsored by two (2) Regular or Emeritus members in good standing.  3. A sponsor may only nominate one applicant as a Latino Legacy per year. 4. The nominee must consent to be nominated. 5. Nominations must be submitted by the deadline announced by the board.  6. Nominations should address the following:  a. Describe the extraordinary and sustained contribution of the nominee as a role model and contributor to NAHN. b. Describe the positive and ongoing impact of the work in the nursing profession and/or community they served.


  • Nurse of the Year The NAHN Nurse of the Year Award is for a nurse, who is a member of the NAHN National Association of Hispanic Nurses, who has developed a creative and innovative program, intervention, or strategy in one of the following areas: * Improving the quality of health care in the Hispanic community (narrowing health care disparity). * Recruitment, retention, professional career development (increasing the number of Hispanic nurses at all educational and professional levels). * NAHN organizational development at local, state, and/or the national level (growth, effectiveness, and communication within NAHN organizations, and with the community it serves).  Evaluative criteria are as follows: * Contribution to improving the health care of the Hispanic community across the life span, birth to end-of-life, in any health care environment. * Innovation * Creativity * Leadership * Advocacy


  • Ildaura Murillo-Rohde Award for Education Excellence This award honors NAHN members who have distinguished themselves in any scholarship area and/or nursing education. Qualifications for the award include any or all of the following categories: * Outstanding contributions in nursing education, research, and practice * Recognized commitment to excellence in nursing * Distinguished clinical expertise
  • Henrietta Villaescusa Community Service Award This award honors NAHN members who have contributed to the improvement of health in the Hispanic community. Qualifications for the award include any or all of the following categories: * Outstanding contributions as demonstrated by policy or program involvement of  * Regional or national significance * Distinguished community health practice * Publicly recognized commitment to improving the health of the Hispanic Community


  • Janie Menchaca Wilson Leadership Award This award honors NAHN members who have distinguished themselves as nursing leaders. Qualifications for the award include any or all of the following categories: * Outstanding leadership contributions at the local community, state or national level * Leadership reflected in the areas of planning, practice, or implementation of a program that has positively impacted the Hispanic community


  • Sarah Gomez Erlach Humanitarian Award This award honors NAHN members who seek to improve health delivery to the rural poor and migrant farm workers and their families. Qualifications for the award include any or all of the following categories: *Initiating or implementing health program(s) for the financially disadvantaged and/or migrant farm workers and their families. *Publicly recognized statewide or national rural health program(s). *Advocacy and commitment to public health services to the financially disadvantaged and/or migrant farm workers and their families.


Please note the following requirements for ALL NAHN Special Awards:

  • You may submit multiple nominations using the web portal or mail submission.
  • Submitted nomination information becomes the property of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN).
  • Hispanic Nurses nominated for a Special Award must be a member of NAHN for at least three (3) consecutive years.
  • Nominations may be self-nominated or made by colleagues, clients, administrators, or co-workers
  • Letters of reference must be 300 words or less and illustrate the nominee’s qualifications and accomplishments. You may use question 5 below to submit your letter of reference or e-mail a scan or photograph of your letter to
  • Nominee is to submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Qualified nominees may be the recipient of a particular Award only once. Any individual who has received previous recognition by NAHN for that Award is not eligible for the same award but may be nominated for other NAHN awards.
  • If responding by mail, mail to: NAHN Awards; 1500 Sunday Drive Suite 102; Raleigh NC 27607

Any additional letters of recommendation can be uploaded using the document uploader in question 6 of the online submission form, sent by e-mail to or by mail to the address above.

NAHN Forty Under 40 Awards

NAHN's 40 Under 40 program recognizes younger members of our organization who are helping to fulfill NAHN's mission, engaging the community on behalf of NAHN, and providing critical volunteer assistance at the chapter and national level. 


Nurse of the Year: Lucia Alfano, RN, MA
Janie Menchaca Wilson Leadership Award: Ruth Amador, MSN, RN
lldaura Murillo-Rohde Award for Education Excellence: Ana Sanchez-Birkhead, PhD, WHNP-BC, APRN
Henrietta Villaescusa Community Service Award: Saul Castillo-Ibarra, RN
Sarah Gomez Erlach Humanitarian Award: Armando Riera, MSN, ARNP-BC
Legacy Award: Eloisa Tamez, PhD, RN, FAAN

40 Under 40 Awards:
Adrianna Nava, MSN, RN
Isis Reyes
Lucia Alfano, RN, MA
Gloria Barrera, MSN, RN, PEL-CSN
Elizabeth Florez, PhD, RN
Jeffrey Dominguez, BSN, RN, CCRN
Lissette Altreche, RN
Stephanie Mendoza, RN
Adrian Espinosa, MPH, RN, MSN, FNP
Jesse Navarro, BSN, RN, PHN
Paulette Rangel, BSN, RN

Ambassador Awards:
First Place - Rose Lopez, BSN, RN
Second Place - Ruth Amador, RN, MSN
Third Place - Glorimar Castro, BSN, RN
Viajero Award: The Connecticut Chapter