Grants & Awards


We offer several grants throughout the year to support the professional development of our members through education and research.

The Kathy Falkenstein Research Grant

The Kathy Falkenstein Research Grant has been given annually in memory of a long-time member and mentor. The $1000 grant supports research or clinical projects aimed at improving nurse practitioner clinical practice or role visibility. The grant seeks to stimulate clinical research or innovative clinical projects by chapter members, to encourage collaborative efforts among Chapter members, and may include any clinical area in which pediatric nurse practitioners practice. Recipients are expected to present their completed research at an upcoming Chapter educational event.

National Conference Support Grant

Traditionally, our Chapter supports two members to travel to the National Conference with support grants. Applications include an essay regarding how the funding to attend the National Conference would help the member professionally. Recipients are recognized at a Chapter educational event and are expected to fulfill a Chapter committee role the following year. Because the 2021 National Conference was fully virtual, we instead offered six “Virtual Attendance Grants.” The covered the registration fee for the National Conference.

Professional Engagement Grant

The Professional Engagement Grant supports the position of Secretary and Treasurer with grants to attend the National Conference. We value our Chapter’s executive officers and recognize the benefit to them, not only as chapter leaders, but as pediatric healthcare providers, in attending the National Conference. This annual event offers educational opportunities, networking, and mentorship that promotes the professional development of our leadership team.

Congratulations to our 2021 grant recipients!

Kathy Falkentsein Grant
Jessica Strohm Farber DNP, CRNP 
Hilary W. Baxter, MSN, CRNP

Virtual Conference Attendance Grants
Jacqueline Baker, CPNP-PC, CEN
Mary Dressler-Carre, MSN, CRNP, CPNP-PC, PMHS
Melissa Fedor, MSN, PNP-PC, CBC
Gayle Higgins, MSN, PNP-BC, AE-C
Jessica Strohm Farber, DNP, CRNP
Katie Thompson, MSN, CPNP-PC, CRNP

Professional Engagement Grants
Trisha Young, MSN, CPNP
Jill Wolstenholme, MSN, APRN