Awards/Scholarships Program

Dermatology Nurses’ Association Awards/Scholarships Program

The DNA Awards, Grants and Scholarship Program is designed to acknowledge and recognize our DNA members and volunteers. The Program is divided into three categories:

Recognition Awards, Monetary Grants and Scholarships:

  • Awards recognize our member volunteers who lead and give back to their community..
  • Grant funds support contributions to the dermatology nursing field and certification.
  • Scholarship funds support those wishing to advance their nursing education.

 Criteria for all awards, grants and scholarships include:

  • All candidates must be a current DNA member for a minimum of 2 consecutive and complete years of membership.
  • A DNA member may not win the same award two years in a row and may only win one award per year.
  • All winners will write an article for the Focus Newsletter on what receiving their award means to them.

The Awards, Grants and Scholarships application process will be open all year. Deadline for applications to be received and reviewed is October 1 of the year prior to receiving the awards or funds. Applicants for certification grants, convention and mobility scholarships will be informed of the chosen recipient(s) by year’s end. Funded grants and scholarships will be given out in the year following application. The volunteer recognition awards will be announced at the annual convention.

Please direct any questions to the DNA National Office via email at or via our Contact Us Page or call 800-454-4362. DON’T MISS OUT ON THESE VALUABLE OPPORTUNITIES! APPLY TODAY!

DNA Convention Registration Scholarships

To fund the continuing nursing education of a DNA member that will enhance his/her ability to contribute to the dermatologic community.

3 Scholarships: The recipients will be awarded DNA General Session Convention Registration. Must register for the DNA Convention by the Super Early Fee Registration deadline.

View Criteria  |  Download Application

Career Mobility Scholarship

Purpose: To fund the continuing nursing education of a DNA member that will enhance his/her ability to contribute to the dermatologic community.

1 Scholarship: The recipient will be awarded $1000 educational scholarship.

View Criteria  |  Download Application

Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) Career Mobility Scholarship has been recognized in Nursing School Hub’s roundup of the Top 30 National Nursing Scholarships for 2019. With the expense of higher education, scholarship programs give caring, committed professionals the opportunity to make a difference in their careers, and in the healthcare system.

DNC and DCNP Certification Exam Grant

Purpose: To support 3 nurses, (RN’s) and 1 (NP) to take the Dermatology Nursing Certification examination or the Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination.

4 Grants: The DNA will reimburse the examination fee to grant recipients. Three RN’s will be awarded and one NP.

View Criteria  |  Download Application

Hall of Fame Award
To identify the “Best of the Best” in the dermatology nursing profession. The recipient(s) will be inducted into the DNA Hall of Fame and will receive a plaque.

View Criteria  |  Hall of Fame Nomination Form

People’s Choice Award for Posters

To identify the DNA Convention attendee choice for favorite poster.

Award: The recipient will receive a ribbon and recognition at the DNA Convention Business meeting.

The voting for this award is conducted by the attendees of the DNA Annual Convention.

Read thoughts on being recognized from past award recipients here.

 Apply or Nominate a Colleague
DNA members may apply directly or nominate a colleague. To nominate someone for a DNA award, grant, or scholarship, simply submit a Nomination Form, or to apply directly, return your completed application by mail to: DNA Awards/Scholarships Program, 435 N. Bennett Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387, by email to, or by fax to 910-246-2361. See all applications under the Descriptions and Criteria section.

 How to Optimize Your Applications
The DNA Awards/Scholarships Committee has prepared a document providing tips on how to optimize your application. To increase your chances, please read: DNA Awards/Scholarships Program Application Tips for Awards, Grants, and Scholarships.

Membership Advisory Council Members
Alexandra Barlow, FNP-S, BSN, RN; Co-Chair
Donna Beyer, MSN, RN, DNC
Patricia Delgado, DNP, DCNP, AGPCNP-BC
Samantha Lewis, BSN, RN, CHES
Christine Strand, RN
Robin Inabinet, BSN, RN, AMB-BC; BOD Liaison
Joan Pohutsky, DNP, APRN, NP-BC; BOD liaison

DNA Hall of Fame Award Winners

2016 Winner
Katrina Masterson, RN, DNP, FNP-BC, DCNP

2017 Winner
Noreen Heer-Nicol, PhD, RN, FNP, NEA-BC

2018 Winners
Edna Atwater, RN
Angela Borger, DNP, CRNP, DNC
Leslie Plauntz, RN, BA, DNC

2019 Winners
Heather Onoday, BSN, MN, FNP-C
Paula Bermann, MSN, DCNP

2020 Winners
Maura Flynn, MPP, RN, DNC
Marcia Hill, MSN RN

2023 Winner
Linda Markham




WHEN: October 2022 through October 2023


All of the following DNA members recruited new members.  Their prize is recognition at 2022 Annual Convention, DNA website and the FOCUS publication.

Claudine Baisch
Patricia Delgado
Michelle Jeanotte
Kathy Gross
Jillaine Miller-Piscitelli
Joan Pohutsky

Colleen Powell
Kimberly Preston
Mary Verna
Christina Warren
Briana Wischnack


All of the following DNA members recruited one new member.  Their prize is recognition at 2021 Annual Convention, DNA website and the FOCUS publication.

Kathileen Boozer, APRN, FNPC
Ann Demos, RN, BSN, MSN
Debby Ellis
Marisa Gallardo, BSN
Dana Glass
Ramona Huerta
Sierra Kane, BSN, RN, DNC, PCCN, RN-BC

Linda Markham, RN, DNC
Paul Neuman
Holly Scogin, RN
Karlee Walther, NP-C