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Doctoral Scholarships

Doctoral scholarships are supported by the Oncology Nursing Foundation and the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, and the Ann Olson Doctoral Scholarship is supported by Pfizer.


All awards, grants, and scholarships are tentative and subject to change based on funding availability.

Applications open September 15th, 2021
Applications due January 30th, 2022
Applicants will be notified via email by April 2022
Scholarship funding will be available after July 1, 2022

Note: An individual cannot receive this award more than one time

Purpose: To provide scholarships to registered nurses who are committed to oncology nursing to continue their education by pursuing a research doctoral degree (Ph.D.) or clinical doctoral degree (DNP).

Selection Criteria:

  • The candidate must be currently enrolled in (or applying to) a Ph.D. or DNP nursing degree program for the 2022-2023 academic year (starting fall 2022.)
  • The candidate must have a current license to practice as a registered nurse and must have a commitment to oncology nursing.
  • The candidate must provide a letter of reference from the current work supervisor or academic advisor on organizational letterhead, signed by the individual providing recommendation. The letter must address the applicant's ability to perform doctoral-level work.

Award: Doctoral scholarships are awarded at $7,500.

Academic Application Guidelines:
Reviewers will score applications on several factors. To make your application stronger, here are some tips:

Use free online tools such as Grammarly and have someone read over your application to ensure your application:

  • Clearly answers the essay question and addresses the Foundation’s mission pillars and diversity, equity, and inclusion statements (found in the application).
  • Is strong in terms of grammar, punctuation, syntax, and conciseness.
  • Reflects your role in oncology and how you’ve grown professionally, but also how you’ve contributed to the cancer care community through membership or volunteer positions.
  • Includes goals that are specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and related to the advancement of oncology nursing.

To Apply Online:

  • Required: Submit a $5 application fee made payable to Oncology Nursing Foundation through ONS.
  • Follow the links below to begin your application.

Clinical Doctoral Scholarship

Research Doctoral Scholarship

Scholarship Recipients

2021 Doctoral Scholarship Recipients


Shanon Dunovan, RN, BSN, PhD

Shanon Dunovan, RN, BSN, PhD

Omaha, NE

Dorothie Durosier Mertilus, DNP, APRN, AGNP-C

Dorothie Durosier Mertilus, DNP, APRN, AGNP-C

Riverview, FL

Karl Cristie Figuracion, ARNP, MSN

Karl Cristie Figuracion, ARNP, MSN

Bothell, WA

Morgan Nestingen, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, OCN®, ONN-CG

Morgan Nestingen, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, OCN®, ONN-CG

Miami, FL

Kate	Oppegaard, MS, ACCNS-AG, OCN®, CMSRN

Kate Oppegaard, MS, ACCNS-AG, OCN®, CMSRN

San Francisco, CA

Michelle Schuster, MSN, RN, CPHON®

Michelle Schuster, MSN, RN, CPHON®

Boston, MA

Joosun Shin, MSN, ACNP, RN

Joosun Shin, MSN, ACNP, RN

San Francisco, CA

Clifton Thornton, PhD(c), MSN, BS, RN, CNMT, CPNP

Clifton Thornton, PhD(c), MSN, BS, RN, CNMT, CPNP

Baltimore, MD

Zhihong Zhang, MS, RN

Zhihong Zhang, MS, RN

Rochester, NY

Erin Dickman, MS, RN, OCN®

Erin Dickman, MS, RN, OCN®

Columbus, OH

Alana Gonzalez, CRNP

Alana Gonzalez, CRNP

Philadelphia, PA

Neethu Gopinadh, MSN, RN, OCN®, VA-BC

Neethu Gopinadh, MSN, RN, OCN®, VA-BC

Yorktown Heights, NY

Margaret Grue, MSN, RN, RN-BC, CRNI, OCN®, NE-BC

Margaret Grue, MSN, RN, RN-BC, CRNI, OCN®, NE-BC

League City, TX

Vanessa Langham Jones, MSN, OCN®, CRNP

Vanessa Langham Jones, MSN, OCN®, CRNP

Mobile, AL

Shelby Jones, MSN, AG-ACNP, APRN, CCRN

Shelby Jones, MSN, AG-ACNP, APRN, CCRN

Huntersville, NC

Laura Larsen, RN, OCN®

Laura Larsen, RN, OCN®

Rochester, MN

Heather Mackey, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, AOCN®

Heather Mackey, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, AOCN®

Kernersville, NC

Katelin Muse, MSN, MS, RN, OCN®

Katelin Muse, MSN, MS, RN, OCN®

Missouri City, TX

Dawn Neuhauser, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, OCN®

Dawn Neuhauser, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, OCN®

Monrovia, CA

Jennifer Stewart, MSN, ANP-BC

Jennifer Stewart, MSN, ANP-BC

Wilmington, MA

Katherine	Walczak, BSN, RN, CSMRN, OCN®

Katherine Walczak, BSN, RN, CSMRN, OCN®

Sussex, WI

Ryne	Wilson, RN, OCN®

Ryne Wilson, RN, OCN®

Rochester, MN

TaCharra Woodard, MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP®

TaCharra Woodard, MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP®

Pearland, TX

Ke Yang, RN, MSN, AANP, AOCNP®

Ke Yang, RN, MSN, AANP, AOCNP®

Carmel, IN

Tammy Hubner

Tammy Hubner, RN, BSN

Port Orange, Florida