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Oncology Nursing Foundation Awards $516,000 in Funding for Oncology Nursing Students

(June 15, 2022) PITTSBURGH  - The Oncology Nursing Foundation awarded 89 academic scholarships this spring to aspiring oncology nursing students across the United States. In total, $516,000 was allocated from the Foundation’s endowment and special funds to support the 2022–2023 academic scholarship program. Scholarships support the education of oncology nursing students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees, and awards range from $3,000 to $7,500.  

Additionally, the Foundation announced an increase of funding for doctoral scholarships from $5,000 to $7,500. 

“Donor contributions enable the Foundation to make a greater impact in the community,” Anizia Karmazyn, executive director of the Oncology Nursing Foundation, said. “This support ultimately touches the lives of many, including patients and their families through the caring and expert practice of oncology nurses.” The 2022–2023 academic scholarships were made possible thanks to the Foundation’s Ann Olson Memorial Scholarship Fund, Mary Scherbring Fund, Ohio Practice Alliance Fund, ONS Dallas Chapter, Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, and other longtime contributors to the Oncology Nursing Foundation.   

 All scholarship recipients this year are advancing their education while continuing to work as oncology nurses.  They exemplify the Foundation’s mission to advance oncology nursing excellence. 

“Receiving a 2022 academic scholarship through the Oncology Nursing Foundation will allow me to practice at the highest level of nursing care as a voice for patients and the profession, in turn allowing me to foster the expansion of high-quality care that is currently available only to select populations,” scholarship recipient Luis Brigida, OCN®, BSN, said. Brigida is currently attending Boston College in Newton, MA, to earn his DNP. “This scholarship will allow me to build a bridge to communities of color and immigrant communities in order to advance racial equity through leadership, advocacy, and education in health care.”  

The Oncology Nursing Society created the Oncology Nursing Foundation in 1981 to accept charitable contributions to advance these important activities on behalf of oncology nursing. The mission of the Oncology Nursing Foundation is to support oncology nursing excellence.

Thanks to the generosity of individuals and institutions over the years, the Oncology Nursing Foundation has awarded more than $30 million in funding since its inception for oncology nursing education, research, and leadership development, giving nurses the opportunity to pursue excellence in delivering care to patients with cancer. For more information or to donate to the Oncology Nursing Foundation, visit

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