GAPNA Excellence Awards, Foundation Grants and Scholarships

GAPNA Excellence Awards, Foundation Grants and Scholarships nominators and nominees must be regular or associate GAPNA members in good standing for a minimum of one year. The nominations are tallied in July and the recipients are announced every year during the Awards Celebration at the GAPNA Annual Conference.

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Application submission dates* are as follows:

  • GAPNA Excellence Award applications are accepted March 1 through June 1. NOW OPEN!
  • GAPNA Foundation Grants applications are accepted January 1 through May 15.
  • Health Affairs Scholarship applications are accepted through
  • Poster and Presentation Abstracts are accepted October 1 through March 15.
  • Application forms will be available during the open dates.

Self-nominations are invited.

You must be logged-in to your GAPNA member account to view the application pages for all Excellence Awards.

Excellence Awards

    The Chapter Excellence Award honors a chapter that best promotes the goals of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) through its member relationships, professional activities, and promotion of advanced practice gerontological nursing throughout the local, regional, and/or state during the past year.
    The Excellence in Clinical Practice Award is given for outstanding clinical practice by an individual who demonstrates a commitment to geriatric clinical practice.
    The Excellence in Community Service Award is given for outstanding community service by an individual who demonstrates a commitment to service to the community.
    The Excellence in Education Award is given to an individual involved in the teaching and/or design of gerontological nurse practitioner curriculum or course content.
    The Excellence in Leadership Award is given to an individual who demonstrates a commitment to geriatrics through direct care, education and/or research. 
    The Excellence in Research Award is given to an individual who demonstrates a commitment to research in nursing that benefits the geriatric community.
    The GAPNA Innovative Project Award is given to a Committee or Special Interest Group (SIG) that exemplifies GAPNA’s mission to enhance and promote the care of older adults. The Committee or SIG should demonstrate, through use of gerontological nursing principles, outstanding innovative projects or initiatives to benefit GAPNA membership, gerontological advanced practice nursing, and/or care of older adults.

Scholarships

    The Health Affairs Scholarship provides up to $1,500.00 to attend the AANP Health Policy Conference. Applications will be blinded for review and scored by the Health Affairs Scholarship Sub-Committee.

Foundation Grants

    The GAPNA Foundation Project Grant provides financial support for clinical projects involving nursing care of older adults.
    The GAPNA Foundation Clinical Project Grant provides financial support for qualified research affecting nursing care of older adults.
    The GAPNA Foundation Virginia Lee Cora Research/Project Grant provides financial support for research or clinical projects involving nursing care of older adults.
    The GAPNA Foundation Grant provides financial support for research or clinical projects designed to improve the nursing care of older adults.
    The Center for Clinician Advancement at UnitedHealth Group Award rewards Clinician competence in an evolving inter-professional environment (ex. team-based care, transitional care), and Clinical practice impacting informed and engaged consumer focused healthcare (ex. advanced care planning, self-care management).
    The Barbara Resnick Health Promotion Grant focuses on health promotion and older adults.