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IASN Foundation 2020 Scholarship and Award Winners

October 15, 2020

State Wide School Nurse Certification Grant:

Andrea Clark – attending ISU-Mennonite Certification Program. elementary school nurse for

Quincy Public Schools, Quincy, IL

Lora Viers Jacobs – attending UIC Certification Program.  middle school nurse for Hawthorne

District 73, Vernon Hills, IL


DuPage Valley PEL Grant:

Amy Cowan – attending UIC Certification Program.  building nurse Cicero District 99, Cicero, IL

Araceli Orozco – attending ISU-Mennonite Certification Program.  district nurse for West Chicago

District 33, West Chicago, IL


Lake Shore Calumet Valley PEL Grant:

Catherine Bauer – attending UIC Certification Program. elementary school nurse Mount Prospect

District 57, Mount Prospect, IL

Alexandra Sontag – attending Lewis University Certification Program. nurse practitioner for Chicago

Public Schools, Chicago, IL

Zaynab Gadelhak – attending UIC Certification Program.  health services nurse for Chicago

Public Schools, Chicago, IL


Achievement Award:

Jessica Zilinsky Conterras – Jessica did  a Quality Improvement project for her district that involved developing Best Practice Guidelines for Administration of Medical Cannabis in the School Setting and then surveying staff nurses about their comfort level with administering cannabis in the schools.  Jessica is a certified school nurse for Indian Prairie School District, Aurora, IL


Margaret Winters Graduate Scholarship:

Dena Hinkle – DNP student at Lewis University.  Her DNP project was a research project that explored Factors That inhibit or Promote Submission of Data to Inform School Nursing Practice. Her objective is to encourage nurses to submit data to the NASN Every Student counts national data set. Dena is a certified school nurse for Aptakisic-Tripp District 102, Buffalo Grove, IL