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APNA Memorial Scholarship

A scholarship program made possible by donations in honor of APNA members who made a lasting impact on psychiatric-mental health nurses and those they serve.

The call for applications is now open!

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Application Deadline: May 2

This year, two scholarships will be awarded to APNA RN-level nurses and include:

  • Registration for the APNA Annual Conference, October 4-7 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL
  • Travel and lodging expenses to attend the conference


This year’s scholarship recipients will be selected by the APNA Awards & Recognition Committee based on the following criteria*:

  • Licensed as a psychiatric-mental health registered nurse and practicing at the RN level
  • Has been an APNA member at least for two years in total
  • Shows evidence of participation in the improvement of organizational performance to positively impact patient care in work and organizational settings (local, state and/or national levels).
    • Examples: work groups, surveys, protocols, implementation plans, etc.
  • Shows evidence of continuously improving your skills and knowledge base through a variety of self-enhancement activities
    • Examples: volunteering, pursuing continuing education, serving as a mentor or mentee, etc.

*Scholarship criteria will vary from year to year.

Application Information

Call for applications is now open! For the 2023 scholarship, your application will require:

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.


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.

2022 and 2023 scholarships are funded thanks to generous donations made in memory of:

Donate to the APNA Memorial Fund

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.

To start your donation, fill out the form below and then click proceed to payment.