Native Americans interested in becoming nurses face many challenges, including financial and educational barriers. Some students come from homes that have no running water or electricity. Many of them provide key financial support to their families, so attending school and not working is a hardship. The ultimate goal of Expanding Horizons in Nursing is to encourage these students to continue for advanced degrees and have a real impact on the health of Native Americans. ANA helps with scholarships and fees for the NCLEX exams.
ANA is honored to have the Sue Kutenplon Nursing Scholarship for Native American nursing students at University of New Mexico-Gallup. The Kutenplon family awards a $2,500 scholarship each semester to a student showing academic and professional promise, with special priority given to single parents.
Spring 2020 Nursing Student
ANA is delighted to present scholarships to 10 students for the Fall 2020 semester: Charliah Burbank, Kiara Clyde, Amber Dennison, Jacqueline Largo, Jamie Livingston, Summer Montoya, Sarah Orillie, Melanie Thompson, Kirsten Tsosie, and Jessica Upshaw.
Meet Some of our Recipients
Fern was a recipient of one of ANA's spring scholarships and will be the Sue Kutenplon awardee for Fall 2020. Fern will serve as president of the SNA at UNM-Gallup. She wrote: "I am a member of the Navajo Nation. My clans are Nakaii Dine (Mexican People) born for Kiyannaii (Towering House People). My maternal grandparents are Tsiinajinnie (Black Streak Wood People) and my paternal grandparents are Holtsoii (Meadow People).
Jessica wrote: "I am honored to be selected for the ANA scholarship. It is because of this scholarship that I will be able to focus more on my studies. I was born and raised in Gallup, NM. I am currently in level 3 and the SNA Treasurer which has helped me to be more involved with the nursing program.
Through a very generous donation from the CTC Foundation, ANA is now able to offer scholarships for our students seeking further study after receiving their Associates Degree in Nursing at UNM-G. We are delighted to announce the first recipient of a scholarship from these funds is Shawnadine Becenti, a long-time partner of ANA.
Fall 2019 Nursing Student
ANA presented scholarships to 11 students for the Fall 2019 semester: Allison Begay, Charliah Burbank,
Lori Howard, Tonya James, Zandra James, Sabrina Lutse, Teneshia Nelson, Anthnette Spencer,
Candyce Whitehair, Chantell Yazzie, and Nelsonia Yazzie.
Congratulations to Kelly Manuelito who has been awarded the Daisy Award. This prestigious award honors nurses who go above and beyond and make extraordinary differences in patients' and families' experiences in healthcare. Excerpted from the award submission by Felicia Adams, Chief Nursing Officer at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, she said, “On the day we received our very first COVID patient, Kelly was the nurse who was her admitting nurse. It was a scary…
Spring 2019 Nursing Student
ANA is delighted to raise the number of scholarship recipients to 13 for the Spring 2019 semester: Chantel Beck, Rodrick Begay, Muriah Brown, Gabriel Burson, Calvena Cowboy, Chambreigh Curley, Austin Curley, Lori Howard, Layla Ismail, Tonya James, Foaundra Jarvison, Tanisha King, Nelsonia Yazzie.