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Leadership Scholarship Opportunities

These opportunities are generously supported by funds from ONS Past Presidents and the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.

The Foundation offers two leadership scholarship opportunities to help serve the oncology nursing community. Nurses can apply for both the ONS Past Presidents Leadership Scholarship and the ONCC Emerging Leaders Scholarship through the application found below.

Applications due September 1, 2021
Scholarship funding will be available after October 1, 2021

Awards: Up to $1,200 registration fee to attend a leadership nursing continuing professional development program held either virtually or in-person. Funds are for program registration only. 

Purpose: To support a registered nurse, working in oncology, interested in developing their leadership skills to improving cancer care by attending a leadership continuing education program. 

Selection Criteria: 

  • Applicant must be a registered nurse currently working in oncology.  There is no set number of years in oncology or academic degree, required for this scholarship.
  • Those wishing to be considered for the ONCC Emerging Leaders Scholarship must currently hold an ONCC certification.
  • Leadership course selected by applicant must be for nursing continuing professional development and cannot be for used for credits towards an academic degree.
  • Leadership course is up to the discretion of the applicant and can be outside of nursing, (i.e., business or leadership/management). However, the course cannot be a component of a larger non-leadership course/course (i.e. ONS Congress track).

Scholarship Recipients

2021 Leadership Scholarship Recipients

Amanda Sarafin

Amanda Sarafin, RN, MSN, OCN®

Newton, NJ

Eleni Kalandranis

Eleni Stella Kalandranis, MSN, RN, OCN®, CMSRN

Ridgefield, CT

Emily Paino Brenneman

Emily Paino-Brenneman


Erin Vida

Erin Vida RN, BSN, OCN®

Wernersville, PA

Janice Dallacosta

Janice DallaCosta

Westport, MA

Jessica Leibelt

Jessica Leibelt, APRN, AOCNP®

St. Petersburg, FL

Jessica Suarez

Jessica Suarez, RN, MSN, OCN®

Lantana, TX

Joan Moore

Joan Moore, RN, MSN, OCN®, CCRP

Dillsburg, PA

Lori Ranallo

Lori Ranallo, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, CBCN®


Marilyn Sayamoungkhoune

Marilyn Sayamoungkhoune, RN, BSN, OCN®

Saint Monica, CA

Michelle Stamp

Michelle Stamp, RN, MSN, OCN®

Chicago, IL

Oluwadamilare Akingbade

Oluwadamilare Akingbade

Sunny Stirling

Sunny Stirling, PhD, MBA, RN, OCN®, RN-BC