Congratulations to the following Scholarship and Grant Awardees and

Contest Winners!



Edna Mason Memorial TNA Conference Scholarship

Jennifer Kitkowski, BSN, RN, OCN

It was an honor to have been chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Edna Mason Scholarship! I learned so much at the TNA Annual Conference that benefits my practice as a bedside RN, as well as my future as an APN. It was an excellent opportunity to network with other nurses in the state as well. Thank you so much for providing me with this opportunity. Kitkowski is a member of TNA District 1.

Amount: $250.


TNF’s TNA District Educational Scholarships


TNA District 1 – Jennifer  “Jenn” Dolgoff, PhD, RN, FAAIDD

As the recipient of the Tennessee Nurses Association District 1, Tennessee Nurses Foundation Scholarship for 2018, I want to tell you how grateful I am  for this generous scholarship and the opportunity to thank Tennessee Nurses Association District 1 for this financial support.

I obtained my BSN degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2002. I am currently working as a graduate research assistant and beginning my fourth year as a full-time Nursing Science PhD student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. My dissertation focuses on adolescent personal factors and family environmental influences as predictors of adolescent asthma self-management.

After graduation, I plan to complete post-doctoral studies focusing on pediatric chronic disease self-management, community-based participatory research, and health policy. My future program of research will focus on health disparities, family and community health, quality of life, and personal and collective efficacy.

I greatly appreciate this TNA scholarship. It will help supplement the limited stipend I receive as a graduate research assistant and support my continued full-time work on my dissertation.

Amount received: $1,000


TNA District 2 –  Lauryn Hopper     

I am so thankful to have received this scholarship from the Tennessee Nurses Foundation.  Thank you for your generous financial support to help me complete my education.  I am a senior nursing student at Lincoln Memorial University from Speedwell, TN.  This scholarship will help me cover additional expenses such as traveling to clinical locations along with books and supplies.  Once I graduate, I plan to work in my community and give back to those who have helped me get this far.  By awarding me this scholarship, you have allowed me to focus on my education and make my dreams of becoming a Registered Nurse come true.

Amount received: $500




TNA District 2 – Tiffany Saunders, BSN, RN               

Amount received: $500




TNA District 3 – Jessica Eckenrode, MSN, RN

I want to thank TNA District 3 for this educational scholarship. I am very appreciative of the TNA District

support from the Tennessee Nurses Foundation, as I am starting my PhD program this fall.

Amount received: $1,000



TNA District 4 – Sydney Harris            

I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the recipient of this year’s TNF nurse’s scholarship and my dream has now come closer to a reality. Thank you for your generosity, which has been of great assistance in helping me achieve my goal of becoming a registered nurse. This scholarship gives me the opportunity to continue to pursue my dream career and earn skills that will better serve the medical community upon graduating.

Going into my second and final year as a nursing student at Chattanooga State, I am thankful to have received this scholarship because I feel that I am one-step closer to accomplishing my goal. I am grateful for the financial assistance that this scholarship provided me with, and I will continue to be committed to my education and to the health care field.

Once again, thank you for the generous scholarship. I am now one-step closer to becoming a registered nurse, thanks to your continued generosity and the Tennessee Nurses Association District 4.

Amount received: $1,000


TNA District 6 – Katherine Kubicek

As a recipient of a Tennessee Nurses Foundation TNA District 6 Educational Scholarship, I want to extend a sincere word of gratitude for funding this scholarship opportunity.

I will be a third semester student at the University of Memphis, Lambuth, in the fall and am on track to graduate in December of 2019. I like to say that I took the “scenic route” to nursing; one of the benefits to the long and winding road is that I have had years of experience working with some truly incredible nurses and nurse practitioners in a variety of capacities. I often struggle, as I think many students do, with wondering if I can fill those inspiring (white leather) shoes.

As anyone staring tuition bills dead in the eye knows, the financial burdens can be daunting. Scholarships certainly help to alleviate the stress associated with signing loan documents, but even more importantly in this case, a nod from Tennessee’s professional nursing community is a genuine gift of confidence from a community that I deeply admire.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart and the soles of my clinical shoes. I am so excited about my future in nursing; I truly hope that in nursing service I can make you as proud of me as I am of all of you, and I look forward to a day very soon when I can help extend the same support to another student in turn.

Amount received: $1,000




2017 Scholarly Writing Contest Winner

Bethany Domzal Sanders, CNM, MSN

Thank you to the Tennessee Nurses Foundation for the opportunity to write about and share my passion for a program that I truly believe is helping to shape future nurse leaders within our state. It is a privilege to work alongside and mentor student nurses while improving access to prenatal care. I would also like to express my gratitude for the generous prize, which will help offset academic expenses as I continue to pursue my doctoral degree in nursing.


Click HERE to read Ms. Sanders’ article, The Impact of Student-Run Clinics on the Development of Nurse Leaders


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




Tennessee Action Coalition

The Tennessee Action Coalition has been well-supported by the Tennessee Nurses Foundation (TNF). The TNF initially supported a widely-viewed and well-received five-part webinar series titled Nurse Advocacy, Policymaking, and Full Practice Authority. On demand-viewing of the archived webinars continues. There have been over 600 unique participants for the series; many of participants have watched multiple webinars from the series. Ninety-two percent of the participants reported they were very satisfied or satisfied with the webinar they viewed.

We are now finishing phase 1 of a three-part economic impact analysis that was partially funded by the TNF, as well as an East Tennessee pharmacist, Tennessee APRN groups, Schools/Colleges of nursing, a regional TONE Council, and Baptist Memorial Health Care in Memphis. Phase 1 includes an extensive, integrated review of the economic impact of APRNs having full practice authority at both the state and national level.

Before we proceed with phase 2, we need to raise the remaining funds. Phase 2 of the study will include Tennessee-specific projections based on models developed from state and national results described in the phase 1 report. The results of phase 2 will be valuable in our work with members of the full practice authority task force, legislators during the next General Assembly, and other key stakeholders.

Amount received for both projects: $13,900