Meet four rising stars in long-term and post-acute care – the AAPACN Education Foundation 2021 Scholarship recipients. The AAPACN Education Foundation positively impacts the lives of 1.4 million people living in nursing homes by providing scholarships for nurses seeking their RN license and degrees in nursing. In 2021, the AAPACN Education Foundation awarded more than $15,000 in scholarships. Congratulations to these deserving scholarship recipients!
CHERYL M. THOMAS SCHOLARSHIP
Named in the memory of a dedicated LTPAC nurse, the Cheryl M. Thomas Scholarship provides $5,000 to an RN pursuing a BSN or higher nursing degree nursing degree.
Danielle Yenuganti, BSN, RN, GERO-BC, WCC
Ormond Nursing and Care Center
New Orleans, Louisiana
My love for caring for residents in this setting comes from my personal experience of helping my mom and grandmother care for my great-grandmother. Some of my fondest memories come from watching these strong women care for the matriarch of our family as she cared for us when we were all babies. I always convey to my staff that we should care for our residents as if they were our own family or the way we would want our own family to be cared for us. My plan and dream is to continue to move up through the various levels of post-acute care and invoke positive change at each level. I would like to become a Quality Improvement nurse.
LIGHTING THE WAY IN HEALTHCARE SCHOLARSHIP
This $5,000 scholarship is awarded to an LPN/LVN pursuing a BSN or higher nursing degree.
Newport News, Virginia
I always dreamed of becoming a nurse since I was a young child. When I obtain my degree, I am looking forward to continuing to work with our skilled patients. I would like my staff to come together as a whole to bring prosperous care for our patients in order for them to reach their maximum potential. The impact of this scholarship will help me financially to complete my last semester of school.
ELEVATING HEALTHCARE SCHOLARSHIP
This $3,000 scholarship is awarded to an RN pursuing a BSN degree.
Shannon Hermans, RN, CMAC
Woodland Park Care Center
As I continue this path in nursing, I am hopeful that education and increased confidence would allow me to be a better nurse for both residents and staff. I enjoy being in a leadership role and desire having the ability for on-going education. I think it would strengthen my skills as a nurse and leader. This scholarship would allow me to continue my education. Obtaining my BSN would open more opportunities to me.
SPARKING THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE SCHOLARSHIP
This $4,000 scholarship is awarded to a CNA pursuing an RN license or BSN or higher nursing degree.
James Onyango Ochieng, AA, BA
York Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center
Newport News, Virginia
As a restorative aid, I work with the rehabilitation department to ambulate the patients to help them in quick recovery. During this pandemic period, the visitation to the facilities is limited, residents feel lonely and anxious. I take my extra minutes with the patients to listen to their concerns and stories and that helps calm them down to focus on their recovery. I plan to use my education and skills to improve the quality of services I offer. To help the patients at their times of most need and vulnerability, to help bridge the ever-growing gap of health care workers and meet the demands for nursing.
The Foundation awards scholarships to students with an interest in long-term and post-acute care and who are pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. Applications will open again in the fall of 2021.