Membership

Award Opportunities

Awards, Grants and Scholarships

NAPNAP’s diverse awards program recognizes the outstanding achievements of our members, chapters and special interest groups that promote children's health and advanced practice nursing. Our awards fall into several different categories and most are offered annually but some are offered bi-annually. We celebrate our award winners’ achievements annually at our national conference. All award deadlines are November 1 unless otherwise noted. ​ 

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The NAPNAP Foundation supports education and practice through research grants and scholarship programs. Applications are due in the spring.

All NAPNAP awards must meet the following criteria:

  • All awards must have at least two applicants or nominees in order to be evaluated and awarded. If this requirement is not met, the applicant or nominator will be contacted and encouraged to re-apply for the award the next time it is offered.
  • The winner will be the applicant scoring the most points but no less than a minimum of 70 percent.  If no applicant achieves the minimum 70 percent, the award will not be given that year.

 See the list of 2017 NAPNAP award recipients and a list of previous Henry K. Silver and Loretta Ford award winners.

All questions should be directed to awards@napnap.org.

NAPNAP National Awards

Loretta C. Ford Distinguished Fellow Award

Nomination Deadline: November 1

Description:

The Loretta C. Ford Distinguished Fellow Award, presented biannually in even years, recognizes a member for contributions to expansion or improvement of pediatric health care and advancement of the profession of pediatric-focused APRNs at the local community, state or regional level. Award winners receive a complimentary conference registration, one night lodging, and transportation to and from the national conference. Sitting members of the NAPNAP Executive Board or the Henry K. Silver and Loretta C. Ford Selection Panels are ineligible to receive this award.

Qualification criteria for the nominees may include but are not limited to:

  • Current NAPNAP member
  • Service as NAPNAP chapter officer, committee chair, or taskforce member
  • Service on regional, state, community, school, or religious boards or committees that impact services to children and families
  • Activities related to state or regional health policy initiatives
  • Service as mentor, instructor, or preceptor for pediatric nurse practitioner students
  • Presentations to state and local organizations that address pediatric healthcare concerns
  • Activities related to improving healthcare delivery for children and families within a local community, state, or region
  • Original publications that may have affected the delivery and practice of pediatric healthcare services

Application Requirements:

  1. Completion of the Loretta C. Ford Distinguished Fellow Award Nomination form
  2. A double-spaced, typed narrative description (500 words or less) of the reasons this nominee should receive the award according to the criteria listed above
  3. Nominee’s current Curriculum Vitae           
  4. Four (4) Letters of Reference 1-3 pages in length addressing how the nominee fits the award criteria

Use the application form to nominate a deserving NAPNAP member by November 1!

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Melnic DNP Student Scholarship Award

Application Deadline: November 1

Description:

The Melnic DNP Student Scholarship Award is presented annually to support the education of one pediatric-focused nurse practitioner doctoral student who demonstrates the ability to articulate and follow through an innovative solution through clinical competence and academic achievement, as well as encourage involvement in NAPNAP and promote professional development of the individual student.

The recipient will receive a grant of $750 to be used for educational expenses, a complimentary student registration for NAPNAP’s national conference, up to $400 for travel to and from the conference, and one-night lodging at the conference hotel.  Attendance at the NAPNAP national conference is mandatory. The recipient must utilize the grant within one year after receiving the award and may receive this award only once.

Qualification Criteria:

  • Acceptance into or current enrollment in accredited DNP program (either a PNP enrolled in a post-masters DNP program or BSN to DNP program with a focus in pediatrics)
  • Must have an expected graduation date of within two years or less
  • The award is selected based on academic and clinical excellence. The recipient:
    • Must be in good standing academically
    • Must be a current NAPNAP member

Application Requirements:

This is a self-nomination process. All applicants must submit an online application which includes:

  • Personal statement (300 words or less) addressing the following:
    • Explain why you enrolled in a DNP program
    • Describe your experience in pediatrics
    • Describe your professional goals and how NAPNAP may assist you in meeting those goals
    • Describe an issue that you feel has significant potential to impact the future practice of pediatrics
    • Describe how attending the NAPNAP national conference will impact your education and future practice as a PNP
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume.
  • Applicants must submit three letters of support from (1) nursing colleague, (2) a PNP faculty member, and (3) program preceptor addressing the applicant’s clinical competence, academic achievement, and involvement in addressing pediatric healthcare issues.

Responsibilities of Recipient:

  • Attendance at the NAPNAP national conference is required.
  • Award recipient must engage in social media at the annual conference regarding two (2) sessions they attended.

Use the application form to apply by November 1!

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Henry K. Silver Memorial Award

Nomination Deadline: November 1

Description:

The Henry K. Silver Memorial Award, awarded biannually in odd years, recognizes one member for contributions to expansion or improvement of pediatric healthcare and advancement of the pediatric-focused APRN profession at the national or international level. Award winner receives a complimentary conference registration, one night lodging, and transportation to and from the national conference. The winner will also be publicly honored at a conference general session. Sitting members of the NAPNAP Executive Board or the Henry K. Silver and Loretta C. Ford Selection Panels are ineligible to receive this award.

Qualification criteria for the nominees may include but are not limited to:

  • Current NAPNAP member
  • Service on national health committees, panels, or task forces that address pediatric healthcare issues or national healthcare policies
  • International service on behalf of children
  • Service to NAPNAP as liaison to other national NP organizations
  • Service to NAPNAP as a former Executive Board member or President
  • Awards or memberships from national or international organizations
  • Presentations at national and international meetings that focus on pediatric healthcare concerns
  • Original publications that may have changed the delivery and practice of pediatric healthcare services

Application Requirements:

  1. Completion of the Henry K. Silver Memorial Award Nomination Form
  2. A double-spaced, typed narrative description (500 words or less) of the reasons this nominee should receive the award according to the criteria listed above
  3. Nominee’s current Curriculum Vitae
  4. Four (4) Letters of Reference 1-3 pages in length addressing how the nominee fits the award criteria

All questions should be directed to awards@napnap.org.

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NAPNAP Advocacy Awards

NAPNAP Advocacy Scholars Program

A monetary award for members to attend a health policy conference and related NAPNAP Capitol Hill Day events to speak with health legislative aides and members of Congress. An average of 4-6 awards are given annually. Learn more.  

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Shuren Grassroots Advocacy Award

Application Deadline: November 15

Description:

The purpose of the Shuren Grassroots Advocacy Award is to recognize a member of NAPNAP who has demonstrated sustained advocacy in the area of child health policy or professional practice issues for pediatric-focused APRNs. The ideal recipient leads by example and is a strong role model for involvement in health policy that improves the health and well-being of children and/or advances the role of advanced practice nurses as health care providers. The awardee has a history of encouraging others to participate in health policy advocacy and demonstrates ability to effectively network with other groups or organizations to advance health policy. The award carries the name Shuren in recognition of Allison Shuren’s advocacy work on behalf of children and in promoting the pediatric-focused APRN role during her tenure as NAPNAP’s Washington Representative.

Qualification Criteria:

All national NAPNAP members including Chapter Legislative Chairs. The ideal recipient leads by example and is a strong role model for involvement in health policy that improves the health and well-being of children and/or advances the role of pediatric-focused APRNs and other advanced practice nurses as health care providers. The awardee has a history of encouraging others to participate in health policy advocacy and demonstrates ability to effectively network with other groups or organizations to advance health policy. At the national conference, the recipient will receive a plaque and recognition in digital communications.

Application Requirements:

This is both a self-nomination and member nomination process. To submit a nomination/application, please indicate, in a one to two page support letter, how you or your nominee demonstrated advocacy at the grassroots level for children, their families, and/or pediatric-focused APRNs during 2016.

In addition, two (2) letters of support for a nomination are required.  These letters should address:

  • The nominee’s involvement in child health policy development and/or how the nominee accomplished changes in health policy related to professional issues for pediatric-focused APRNs.
  • In addition, the letters should address how the nominee networked/consulted with other organization to draft or formulate child health policy/professional initiatives.  Examples of how the nominee acted as a role model for advocacy and encouraged others to become politically active should also be mentioned.

Previous winners are not eligible to apply.

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