Mary A. Eweka, MSN, RN, BSc, Bow, New Hampshire
I feel honored and grateful to be one of the recipients of this award. This award will enable me to pay part of my student loan in pursuit of my dreams and aspirations in the healthcare industry. With the knowledge acquired from my course, I will continue to deliver respectable, ethical care to my patients, support to students, my peers and colleagues, and the community I serve."
Amber Guy, ADN, RN, Carlisle, Kentucky
"I am incredibly grateful to be the recipient of this award. This scholarship will allow me to purchase books and other materials necessary to further my education. The remainder will be applied to tuition. I look forward to increasing my knowledge and skills and hope to apply it back to the occupational health field upon graduation. Thank you so much for this award and contributing to my goals of advancing my education."
Sungwon Park, MSN, RN, PhDc, Chicago, Illinois
"I appreciate being the recipient of AAOHN Academic Scholarship by UPS. This award means a lot to me, working as a Korean Occupational Environmental Health Nurse for over 7years. Experience as OEHN has always motivated me to pursue research for improving workers' health and making a better workplace setting for them. This scholarship support would be enough to launch the data collection effort for my dissertation. My study provides a unique opportunity to evaluate the components of an ongoing, large-scale metabolic syndrome intervention and to provide recommendations that will help to improve its effectiveness. With your assistance, my study promises to contribute to our understanding of how best to intervene with those workers having or at risk of metabolic syndrome."
Betty Sanisidro, MSN, RN, APHN-BC, COHN-S, Marion, Massachusetts
I feel inexplicable gratitude to be the recipient of the 2020 AAOHN Academic Studies Scholarship sponsored by UPS. This scholarship supports and validates my continued progress through my DNP studies. I endeavor to prove my worthiness of this scholarship and continue to be the change I wish to see within the nursing community and the world!"
Dawn Mopkins, MSN, RN, MPH, COHN-S, Richmond, Texas
"I am honored to have been selected and I graciously accept the 2020 AAOHN Foundation Academic Studies Scholarship sponsored by UPS. Your contribution will assist me in obtaining a PhD in Nursing Science. Upon graduation, I will use my research to promote improvements in healthcare. I intend to make great use of this reward by funding my required education expenses including tuition, books, and travel. Thank you for your support and confidence in my ability to succeed."
Deborah Guidry, RN, COHN, Addis, Louisiana
"I am so honored and grateful to receive this academic scholarship. This scholarship will enable me to pursue my RN to BSN degree at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Obtaining my BSN will open many opportunities in my current position as an Occupational Health Nurse at Dow Chemical. The knowledge gained will enhance my role in health promotion and ensure the wellbeing of the employees I serve. In addition, this degree will allow me to one day fulfill my goal of becoming an Occupational Nurse Educator. Thank You."
Mark Blizzard, BSN, RN, COHN, Seven Springs, North Carolina
"This award will help eliminate some of the financial burden for attending family nurse practitioner school. Education is a wise, but expensive investment. I am looking forward to graduating and practicing as a nurse practitioner in the Occupational Health world."
Lisa McBride, RN, Oreland, Pennsylvania
"Caring is the Essence of Nursing - Jean Watson. Jean Watson’s theory of caring is a powerful reminder of why I became a nurse. The hours spent caring for our patients, studying or researching, attending seminars with colleagues, or even celebrations with co-workers that demonstrate our commitment to caring speaks to our dedication to provide exceptional care. I am grateful to AAOHN Foundation for being selected as a UPS Scholarship Recipient. It is another way that nurses care for others by supporting and encouraging my progress to be a more skilled and knowledgeable nurse in the field of Employee and Occupational Health. The AAOHN provides many opportunities for growth and is a wonderful resource at my workplace. This award gives validity to the pursuit of my education and provides inspiration to continue beyond my BSN! Thank you!"
Georgia Ann Latham, RN, COHN-S, CCM, Phoenix, Arizona
"I very much appreciate this scholarship I received from UPS. And I feel like I’ve come full circle, in a way. Many years ago, when I was in nursing school, in my ADN program, I worked part time at night, in a UPS facility in NY. I was determined to become a nurse even though the truck drivers would tell me I could make more money working at UPS. As all of us who are nurses know, it isn’t really about the money. It’s about the difference we make in people’s lives on a daily basis. But, truthfully, money always helps. I believe that with great privilege comes great responsibility. And with a little extra help toward our education, we are always able to give more back, tenfold. This money will be used toward this, my last semester’s tuition for MS in Environmental Resources Management, which provides Occupational Health Nursing a more global understanding of EHS, especially in these days of cost cutting where nurses are being asked to take on expanded roles on the job. I have completed credits in the following subjects: Toxicology, Environmental Health, Chemistries of hazardous materials, 2 courses in industrial hygiene, Safety Management & insurance, Environmental Management, Ergonomics, and 3 courses of Environment Law. And I use pieces of each one of these classes, each day in my career as an occupational health nurse. UPS, you have my heartfelt thanks!"
Arlene W. Baker, RN—Brampton, Ontario, Canada
"I am grateful for this award as this will help to further my studies as a RN in the area of Occupational Health Nursing and Workplace Safety. In order for me to win this award, I have to keep a constant high GPA in all my current classes. I have been recognized for my contribution as a Nurse to delivering care and workplace safety. This award will encourage me to continue to be a scholar in my field as I aspire to work in the Public Health Sector later on in my career. I hope I will be able to write for the AAOHN journals and other publications one day, therefore promoting Occupational Health and Safety for all workers."
The UPS Team at the 2019 National Conference
Kristin L. Gardner, BSN, RN, CEN, OHN, CPH(P), Nokomis, Florida
"I am thrilled to be one of the recipients of the 2018 AAOHN Foundation Academic Studies Scholarship sponsored by UPS. I am currently pursuing Dual Masters Degrees from the University of South Florida Sunshine Education and Research Center - an MPH in Occupational Health from the College of Public Health and a MS degree as an Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner & Adult- Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Receiving the scholarship will allow me to attend the 2018 AAOHN National Conference where I will be able to network with other occupational health nurses from different industries. I am also looking forward to hearing about the most pertinent issues and challenges facing the OHN today and being able to apply this knowledge throughout the remainder of my academic program and as an occupational health nurse practitioner providing direct care to workers. Thank you to the AAOHN Foundation and UPS. I am very grateful for this scholarship."
Colleen V. Anusiewicz, BSN, RN, Birmingham, Alabama
"The AAOHN Foundation Academic Study Scholarship will allow me to participate in occupational health and safety courses, collaborate with occupational health professionals and advance the occupational and environmental health profession. I am incredibly grateful to be able to be a recipient of this prestigious award. The scholarship will provide the opportunity to pursue my passion of empowering new graduate nurses to overcome occupational and environmental obstacles to ultimately deliver quality care to patients and their families. This financial support will assist me in my doctoral studies and help provide the foundation for a career as an aspiring nurse scientist in the field of safety and health."
Katherine Khatsenko, RN, San Francisco, California
"Receiving the AAOHN UPS award will significantly help me to continue my graduate studies and research in San Francisco, studying the occupational health hazards and implications of today’s modern gig economy. The scholarship confirms that the work I am pursing is valuable and important for the health of future workers in our society. I am overwhelmingly grateful to have received this scholarship and to be seen as having potential as a future Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner."
Amanda Primeaux, RN, Lafayette, Louisiana
"I am honored to have been one of the recipients of the 2018 AAOHN Foundation Academic Studies Scholarship sponsored by UPS. I am grateful for the opportunities this award will provide me. This scholarship will assist in the completion of my college education in my current RN to BSN program through the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This will help make my dream of pursuing certification in occupational health possible."
Brianna M Singleton, RN, PHN, MPH, AGPCNP-BC, San Francisco, California
"Sometimes I wish I was fluent in many languages and had the words to express more emotions unconstrained to the English language. I would say ‘thank you’ and convey my sincere gratitude in 500 languages if I could.
It is difficult to walk the line of making my community proud, and sacrificing for the possibility of making a small corner of the occupational health world better. I have a RN license, two master’s degree in public health and nursing, and now I’m completing my 2nd year in the nursing PhD program at the University of California, San Francisco. It is crucial to sustain myself with the emotional and verbal support of my family and friends; additionally, it is also a blessing to receive financial support from generous donors and my professional community.
Winning this award reminds me of the importance of community. The webs of relationships that link us together serve two purposes: 1) to form a safety net and support system, and, 2) ropes that help people advance personally and professionally. This gift will help ease the financial burden as I study stress, sleep and safety aspects of transit workers.
Thank you! Gracias! Asante! Ngiyabonga! E Dupe!"
Rachel Powell, MSN, APRN, COHN-S, Richmond, Kentucky
"I was thrilled to receive the AAOHN and UPS scholarship for 2018. I have been taking courses to work toward my doctorate of nursing practice degree and this scholarship was extremely helpful. As an occupational health nurse practitioner, some of the information I have been learning is quite relevant to my practice.
Evidence based practice has been a top priority in most practices across the country. One course I just completed, focused on this topic. One of the most helpful pieces of information I learned and which I have already put into use at work is the advanced ability to search the literature for articles, evaluate their usefulness to my care population, and appraise the articles to see if the information is reliable and valid.
This has been very beneficial when evaluating employees for their fitness for duty, return to work and new information related to disease. Finding evidence specific to the case at hand, and working with the company to be able to find appropriate work to keep employees with the company as needed has been much easier. I find that I am more able to function in a leadership role and assist management to understand the issues in many of these cases. Many employees have commented on the extra assistance I have given and how pleased they were with the educational instruction given over and above their occupational issues. I am also happy to further educate the employees to improve their health, safety and work abilities. This has led others to come in and discuss their medical concerns where previously employees were skeptical of the company medical providers.
I look forward to continuing my studies, as well as, the health of the employees with whom I work. Thank you so much for this assistance."
Barbara Allen, Graham, North Carolina
Kelsie Anderson, Ogden, Utah
"This scholarship will definitely help me continue on with my advanced degree by helping pay for tuition. I’m very interested in education; not only educating new nurses but the public/community as well. Although I have lots of clinical experience, occupational health is relatively new to me. My past experience allows me to incorporate that into our clinic while learning more about workplace safety and the care of the patient outside the hospital."
"I am really grateful to be chosen as a recipient of the UPS Foundation for Academic Study Scholarship for 2017. This scholarship will allow me to continue my second graduate level degree, now as a Nurse Practitioner. This will be a tremendous help as I go through the remaining portion of the program. My first graduate level degree is in Nursing Administration, and with this and the Nurse Practitioner, I am positive I can make a great impact in Occupational Medicine. I have 8+ years of Occupational Health experience. I cannot wait to help make a positive impact and meaningful contribution to the health and safety of the workforce as well as create a healthy productive and competitive organization. "
Pamela Fallon, North Andover, Massachusetts
"I am so grateful to have been chosen to receive an AAOHN Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship will be applied to my Ph.D. studies at the Universities of Massachusetts Lowell. Thank you again for this wonderful gift to continue my studies."
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Susan Kirks, Ridgeway, Virginia
"My plans for the scholarship is to assist in the cost of obtaining my BSN. This degree will open new doors to management positions that I can obtain and gives me the knowledge in making informed and practical decisions in promoting safety and wellness within industries. I plan to be proactive in visiting and assisting companies with ergonomics, preventative health measures, and health fairs. My passion is the industry and the well-being of their employees. A healthy workforce is a happy workforce."
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Michelle McPadden, Middle River, Maryland
"The gift of this prestigious scholarship will afford me the opportunity to continue my educational goals. The completion of my BSN, and eventually the completion of my Master's degree would imbue my nursing practice with the leadership and knowledge base to become an effective leader in Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing. The effective leadership skills learned would improve outcomes to workers' health and safety and the nursing profession."
Jenni Wise, Vestavia, Alabama
"Long-haul truck drivers are disproportionately burdened with depression, sleep disturbance, and fatigue, which may ultimately increase the risk for injury or fatality to self or others. Although mindfulness has not been studied in the long-haul trucking population, mindfulness interventions have demonstrated improvements in depression, sleep quality, mental fatigue, and safety behaviors. With over five million employees within the industry and in consideration of the safety effects on the general population, research improving the occupational safety of long-haul truck drivers is highly warranted.
This scholarship will facilitate my exploration of the relationships between dispositional mindfulness, depression, PTSD, sleep quality, and fatigue in long-haul truckers. As part of my dissertation, I plan to conduct qualitative research to provide insight on the design and feasibility of a web-based mindfulness intervention to support the improvement of occupational safety in this population."
Diane Doyker, Somers, Connecticut
Dawn Salpaka Stone, Fullerton, California
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Kimberly S. Headrick, Jasper, Georgia
"As I continue to advance my education and enhance my knowledge, I will be able to grow and help enhance the lives of our individuals and promote health and wellness."Rebecca Libal, Anchorage, Alaska
"This scholarship will help me to complete my MSN at University of Alabama at Birmingham. Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with subspecialty in Occupational Health and certificate in education. I plan to work in Anchorage at an Occupational Health specialty clinic with emphasis on providing care and education for workers in the gas and oil industry."
Juanita Kantner, Fleetwood, Pennsylvania
This scholarship will allow me to continue to pursue my degree as a Nurse Practitioner and my Doctorate of Nursing Practice. This educational duo will afford me the opportunity to combine highly valued busness and leadership expertise along with clinical practice autonomy. An advanced practice nurse with an occupational health specialty possesses unlimited potential to play an influential role in the future and evolution of healthcare. My education will allow me to guide employers who are continually searching for ways to improve health and safety, control health care costs and provide quality health care benefits that employees will truly value.
Donna Zankowski, Olney, Maryland
||Jennifer Stanton, Tewksbury, Massachusetts
University of Massachusetts – pursuing Advanced Practice Nursing degree
"I look upon this opportunity to express my deepest thanks for awarding me this remarkable opportunity. The UPS Foundation 2013 Academic Education Scholarship will support my continued studies toward obtaining a degree as an Adult and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner with a focus on occupational and environmental health and safety. My professional goals are to continue to promote health, wellness, and safety of the working population through education, evidence based research, and implementation of health promotion strategies. Particular topics of interest are occupational stress reduction, family health, and the safety and longevity of our aging workforce. There are no words to express my gratitude and appreciation; I will make sure that I make the best use of this outstanding opportunity."Linda Przbysz, Cary, Illinois
Rush University’s College of Nursing – pursuing Advanced Public Health Nursing DNP
"The generosity of both The UPS Foundation and the AAOHN Foundation will contributed to my professional development as a leader so that I may make a meaningful contribution to the health and safety of the U.S. workforce and their families, while promoting the profession of Occupational Health Nursing. Nursing leaders contribute to innovative employer solutions that strive to create a health, productive and competitive organization."
Stephanie Phelps, San Francisco, California
University of California San Francisco - pursuing PhD in Nursing ResearchLinda Walker, Fresno, Texas
Columbia Southern University - pursuing Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety and HealthKate Michael-Ramos, Windcrest, Texas
Capella University - pursing a Masters in Nursing with a focus on Leadership and Education
||Courtney Kopko, Cincinnati, Ohio
University of Cincinnati - pursuing MSN in Occupational Health Nursing