Congratulations to the following Scholarship and Grant Awardees and

Contest Winners!


Arthur Davis LPN  to RN  Scholarship

Amber Lynn Judkins, LPN

I am honored to receive the Arthur Davis LPN to RN Scholarship. Thank you Tennessee Nurses Foundation! My dreams of becoming a Registered Nurse are becoming a reality. For years, I have dreamed of working as a Registered Nurse, in a Neonatal Unit in Middle Tennessee. I have a passion to help others no matter the age.  I have so many people to thank for encouraging me along this journey. This scholarship will graciously help me with the financial cost of attaining my goal.

Ms. Judkins is attending Roane State Community College and is scheduled to complete her RN degree in May 2020.

Amount received: $1,000



Edna Mason Memorial TNA Conference Scholarship

This scholarship is still open. Deadline is August 16, 2019.

Click HERE for details



Maureen Nalle Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Ashley Dianne Faulkner, BSN, RN   

Thank you to the Tennessee Nurses Foundation for awarding me the Maureen Nalle Memorial Graduate Nursing Scholarship.  I would also like to thank those who have helped push me to obtain my goals in nursing. I’m honored to be surrounded by so many influential nurses, especially those in the Tennessee Nurses Association. I look forward to finishing my degree and using that knowledge to lead my team at the bedside. This generous award has greatly helped offset the cost in obtaining my MSN and has allowed me to stay focused on my studies. Thank you for this opportunity.

Ms. Faulkner is pursuing an MSN in Leadership and Management at Western Governors University, with an expected date for completion in February 2020.

Amount received: $2,000


TNF’s TNA District Educational Scholarships


TNA District 1

Emily Pecaitis BSN, RN, CEN       

I would like to express my gratitude for your financial support for the 2019 year. I am very pleased and appreciative to learn that I was selected as the recipient of this scholarship award. It is because of your generosity that I am able to focus on my studies and decrease the number of hours that I work during the semester. I was able to purchase all of my books for the entire Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program at Maryville University. This was a huge stress relief to use the funds towards these purchases. I only have three semesters left of the eight semesters PMHNP program at Maryville University. I currently have a 4.0 and contribute a large portion of my success to the generous supporters from my professional organizations. Thank you again for all that you do for nurses and the state of Tennessee .

Amount received: $1,000.



TNA District 2

Jenna B. LaMacchia

Thank you for honoring me with this scholarship. I feel so blessed by your thoughtfulness, and I look forward to my final year in my BSN.

Amount received: $500





Paige Ballard Osterfeld

I would like to thank the Tennessee Nurses Foundation from the bottom of my heart for awarding me this scholarship. The money I received was used to help pay for a study abroad experience in which I was able to volunteer at the Hospital Nacional de Niños in San José, Costa Rica. I have learned so much about international health care as well as the importance of cultural competency in nursing. In addition, I feel that I have been able to practice and develop non-medical nursing skills such as patience, empathy, and innovation. Thanks to this experience and the generosity of the TNF, I feel confident that I have the skillset I need to become a loving and impactful nurse.

Amount received: $500





TNA District 4

Charity Brown

I am truly grateful for the opportunity to continue with my education in Nursing. I have been blessed with so much support in the Nursing community, and I look forward to being the kind of Nurse who can pay it forward to the future Nursing community.

Amount received: $1,000





TNA District 5

Alesha Roberson

I am honored to have been chosen for the 2019 Tennessee Nurses Foundation (TNF) TNA District 5 Educational Scholarship. I am eager to finish strong in my 5th semester at East Tennessee State University’s College of Nursing.

I am fully committed to my nursing education and to the health care field, and now I am one step closer to my dream of becoming a Registered Nurse. I just want to personally thank each and every one of you for putting your trust in me. Thanks to you, your generous educational scholarship now makes my dream start becoming a reality. Not only will it help cover my college tuition to complete my nursing education, but it will also allow me to buy books and other nursing school supplies needed.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you, and I promise to make you all proud.

Amount received: $1,000



TNA District 6

Jessica Mae Davis  

I would like to personally say thank you for awarding me the recipient of the educational scholarship for the upcoming year! Your donation and contribution towards my BSN college degree is very appreciated. I will continue to thrive and succeed, even after graduation. Thank you for believing in me! Sincerely, Jessica Davis

Amount received: $1,000




TNA District 9

Sky Nichols 

I am honored and very thankful to receive the TNF’s TNA District 9 Educational Scholarship this year. This fall, I will be attending Tennessee Technological University to begin my journey towards earning my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I learned quickly that getting an education is very costly; because of your generosity, I will not have as much weight on my shoulders about the cost of going to school to become a nurse. I will use this scholarship for the cost of attendance, books, and supplies needed to become what I have dreamed of, a Registered Nurse. Thank you for helping me and encouraging me to continue my education. I cannot wait until the day I can help my future patients and give back to fellow nursing students in their time of need like you all have done for me. I cannot express how thankful I am that I was chosen to receive this scholarship. This means so much to me and I am honored to be the one you all chose. I will not ever forget your kindness and generosity, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Amount received: $1,000



2019 Scholarly Writing Contest Winner

Deborah Richardson, MSN, RN

I want to express my sincere gratitude to the Tennessee Nurses Foundation. I could hardly contain my excitement upon hearing that my paper had been selected in the Nurses Leading to the Future 2019 TNF Scholarly Writing Contest. I plan to apply the award toward continuing education.

I am especially grateful for the one-year membership to the Tennessee Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association. I have been a registered nurse since 1984, and became a Tennessee nurse in October of 2017. I enjoy reading the Tennessee Nurse, and look forward to investing in the future of nursing with you. Thank you for investing in my education.


Click HERE to read Ms. Richardson’s article,Servant Leadership In My Daily Practice.

Amount received: $1,000 plus a FREE one-year membership in both the Tennessee Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association.