Awards and Scholarships

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NAHN Scholarship Programs

NAHN Scholarships are awarded annually to active NAHN members enrolled in accredited LVN/LPN, associate, diploma, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing programs. 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. Selection of recipients is based on many factors including need, current academic standing, course of study, supporting documentation, and other factors. NAHN Scholarships are awarded during the NAHN Annual Conference in July.

Application Requirements
All applicants must be:
• NAHN members in good standing for 6 months before the application deadline (generally November 1st) - extended to December 21st, 2020 for the 2021 scholarship year. 
• Attending/enrolled in an accredited full-time nursing program – this is a requirement for the duration of funding for the UHF scholarship.

For more information, or to become a NAHN member, visit our Membership page and click on the "Join Now" button. 

It is strongly recommended not to wait until the last day to submit your application.
Successful scholarship applicants are notified by e-mail and scholarships are presented at NAHN's Annual Conference.
If awarded a UHF scholarship, attendance at the NAHN Annual Conference Scholarship and Award Gala in July 2021, and the UHF Diverse Scholar Forum the following June (2022) is mandatory. 

New scholarship application period begins: Spring 2021

Academic Scholarships Offered

United Health Information
The United Health Foundation Diverse Scholars Initiative

The United Health Foundation Diverse Scholars Initiative 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 under-served communities. NAHN values its partnership with the United Health Foundation, who provides a $5,000 per year scholarship for up to three consecutive years. Scholar conference registration and membership dues are funded by UHF through the academic years scholarships are received.
Scholarship Requirements:
  *Attend the NAHN Annual Conference Gala
  *Attend the United Health Foundation Diverse Scholar Initiative Forum in Washington, DC. UHF pays for travel and conference expenses for you to attend.
  *Attend school as a full-time student for the full academic year
  *Maintain a GPA of at least 3.0
Preference is given to students who are rising sophomores and above.

Hector Gonzalez Past Presidents Scholarship
NAHN Past President and founding member Hector Hugo Gonzalez has funded a scholarship for Hispanic male nursing students. This scholarship is awarded to male Hispanic nursing student(s) enrolled in a two year Associate degree nursing program.

Nurse Think logo Scholarship provides NAHN applicants with two $1000.00 scholarships: one is targeted toward graduate level nursing students who are specializing in nursing education and who plan on teaching upon graduation; the second scholarship is allocated for those who are LPN or a pre-licensure RN. 
Interested candidates will apply via the NAHN scholarship application process. The new cycle opens in Spring 2021.

Aguilar-Cuellar-Toben (ACT) Research Grant (separate application)
The purpose of this research grant is to provide $1000 to a Latino Ph.D. student who is a member of NAHN and who is conducting either quantitative or qualitative research to improve health care outcomes of the Latino population. Allocation of the funds will be based on the quality of the proposed research, the future promise of the applicant as a Latino researcher, approval of the dissertation chair, IRB approval, and the research budget.This grant was developed is in honor of “Nena” and “Tia Pat” - Norma Cuellar’s (President of NAHN 2018-2020) mother and sister.

NAHN Scholarship Recipients Through the Years

NAHN Member 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.

Please note the following requirements for ALL NAHN Member Awards:

  • You may submit multiple nominations using the web portal.
  • 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 clearly illustrate the nominee’s qualifications and accomplishments. You will use the submission portal to submit letters of reference. Additional letters of recommendation can be uploaded in the online submission form.
  • Nominee will 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.
  • Current Board Members are not eligible for NAHN Member Awards.

Nomination period begins: Spring 2021

Here are the winners of our 2020 Awards
2020 Virtual Awards & Scholarships Gala Video

NAHN 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. 

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.

NAHN 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, and 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.

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.  

Here are the winners of NAHN's 2019 Awards