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Application Information

Applications are open! For the 2024 scholarship, the application requires:

Applicant Profile

  • Contact Information
  • Institution/University and Degree
  • Professional Certifications and Certificates
  • Any leadership activities within past 5 years
  • Any awards and honors
  • Any leadership or volunteer experience with APNA
  • Employment history

Applicant Essays

(Up to 200 words each)

Explain how you meet the scholarship criteria (see above).

What will be your lasting impact on PMH nursing?

Describe your passion in PMH nursing and what you hope to gain from participation at the APNA Annual Conference.

Tell us why you should be selected for this scholarship.

Professional Reference

(Provided by a colleague, supervisor, mentor, etc.)

You will be able to send an email request for a reference directly from your application. The email your reference receives will include a link to provide their support statement. Their support statement should speak to your impact on improving the psychiatric-mental health care field.


2023 APNA Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Recipients of the 2023 scholarship, funded in memory of Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, received complimentary registration, travel, and lodging to the APNA 37th Annual Conference last October 4-7, 2023 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
*Scholarship criteria will vary from year to year.

Cornelius Metili MScho 2023

Cornelius Metili, RN-BC, BSN

“I believe that my lasting impact on PMH nursing will be in promoting a culture of safety and care that empowers patients and reduces the stigma associated with mental health. By championing evidence-based practices and innovative solutions, I hope to continue making a meaningful impact on the field of psychiatric nursing.”

Jenni Smith MScho 2023

Jenni Smith, BSN, PMH-BC

“I strive to educate others about the importance of advocating for and ways we can decrease the stigma associated with mental health. I educate others about person-first language and why we must see people as people and not see them as a diagnosis. I hope to educate my community that it truly is ‘OK to not be OK’ and that [our community] is rich with resources for help.”

Meet the 2022 APNA Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Recipients of this year’s scholarship, funded in memory of Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, receive complimentary registration, travel, and lodging to the APNA 36th Annual Conference, October 19-22, in Long Beach, CA.


Christina Dynamite, BSN, RN-BC, NC-BC

“One of my superpowers is owning my weirdness, and it allows me to  share out-of-the-box solutions with clients and validate their authenticity.”


Heidi McNeeley, BA, RN, BSN

“I hope to help those who feel stigmatized by the ‘shame’ of addiction find their voice, their value, and the proper treatment to allow them to recover and live a full and satisfying life.”

Honoring Their Legacies

Stand on the Shoulders of Giants in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

Through the APNA Memorial Scholarship, we honor the legacies of nurses whose dedication to psychiatric-mental health nursing and persons with mental health needs made a lasting impact.

By funding scholarships to the APNA Annual Conference in their honor, the psychiatric-mental health nursing community – and those whose lives have been impacted by PMH nurses – invite today’s nurses to forge their own legacies through lifelong learning and advancement of the profession.

The APNA Memorial Scholarship was founded in honor of Marlene Nadler-Moodie and continues with generous donations of those remembered by our PMH nursing community.

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In Memoriam

Your generous donations to the APNA Memorial Fund will be used to fund scholarships for APNA members to attend the APNA Annual Conference each year. Those you are remembering with your donation will be honored on the APNA website and in communications about the scholarship.

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