The IASN Foundation

Supporting the School Health Community

The IASN Foundation offers scholarships and awards to IASN members. Details of each scholarship and award are included below.


  • IASN Foundation Achievement Award

    Deadline: Midnight September 1

    The IASN Foundation is honored to offer the Achievement Awards to support the school health community.

    The IASN Foundation promotes school nurses involvement in professional activities.  To honor professional achievements, the IASN Foundation offers two $150 award annually to IASN members.  These awards recognize achievements that impact school nursing or the health of children/youth.  Achievements can consist of things such as: writing an article for publication in a professional journal, conducting a quality improvement project, developing and implementing a school program, developing and implementing a school based project, accomplishing a special project for IASN, first time oral presentation at the NASN conference.

    The achievement must have been completed within 24 months of the application deadline.

    To Apply:

    • Complete the application form  (attached)
    • Write 1 to 2 pages explaining the achievement including a description of the achievement, outcome of the project/activity, and how achievement contributes to school nursing.
    • Use 1 inch margins, double spacing, minimum of 12 point font when writing about the project.
    • E-mail the application form as an attachment and written pages explaining the achievement to:  IASNFoundation.contact@gmail.com


  • Lois Frels Research Award

    Deadline: Midnight September 1

    The IASN Foundation is honored to offer the Lois Frels Research Award to support the school health community.

    The Lois Frels Research Award was established in 1991 and is presented to members of IASN in recognition of outstanding research which impacts school nursing and/or the health of children/youth. Dr. Lois Frels is former certified school nurse who has encouraged school nurses to do nursing research and remains a true friend to the school nursing profession. The amount of the award will be $500.00.

    The research must have been completed within 24 months of the application deadline.

    The applicant(s) must be an active status member of IASN.

    Expectations of Award Winner
    Prepare and present the project as a poster presentation (not eligible for poster award),a verbal presentation at the next IASN Conference, or submitting an article suitable for publication in the IASN Newsletter.  The award recipient will be encouraged to submit an article for publication in a school nursing related journal.

    The award recipient will be encouraged to publish the research project.  The winner(s) will be encouraged to enter the project for the NASN Lillian Wald Research Award, but the completion time for NASN is 12 months. An individual may enter the NASN Research Award independently of IASN.

    Past award winner(s) may submit new research projects every five (5) years.

    To Apply:

    • Complete the application form  (attached)
    • Submit a Resume
    •  Submit a report of completed research, which includes: (not to exceed 6 pages)
      • Title of study or project
      • Purpose of study or project including the research question or hypotheses.
      • Description of the methodology used and the results of data collected.
      • Contribution the project will make to the field of school nursing and/or health of children/youth

    • Use 1 inch margins, double spacing, minimum of 12 point font when writing about the project.
    • E-mail the application form as an attachment and written pages explaining the project
      to: Robin Shannon, Innovation and Inquiry Chair, at rshann6859@gmail.com


  • Margaret I. Winters Memorial Scholarship

    Deadline: Midnight September 1

    The IASN Foundation is honored to offer the Margaret I. Winters Memorial Scholarship to support the school health community.

    The IASN Foundation offers one Margaret Winters Scholarship annually to an Illinois Professional Educator Licensed and Endorsed School Nurse in the process of obtaining a graduate degree related to school nursing.  The Margaret Winters Memorial Scholarship was established to promote graduate level education among Professional Education Licensed School Nurses.  The scholarship is intended to help offset part of the cost of pursuing the graduate degree.  All graduate programs require a scholarly project as part of the course of study.  This project may be used to fulfill the scholarship application requirements.  The amount of the scholarship is $1,500.00. The recipient will also receive complimentary admission to the next IASN Annual Conference (approximate value $150).

    Application Criteria

    1. Illinois Professional Educator License with an endorsement in School Nursing or currently enrolled in a School Nurse Certification Program
    2. Current enrollment, or proof of enrollment for the upcoming semester, in a graduate level program which has as its core, nursing or nursing management in the school setting
    3. Active membership in the Illinois Association of School Nurses

    Project Criteria
    This project must be evidence-based and reflect direct benefit to the children of Illinois and/or the practice of School Nursing. The project must be in the process of completion or completed within the previous year of applying for the consideration of this award.  Projects more that 2 years previously completed will not be accepted.

    Expectations of Award Winner(s)
    Prepare and present the project as a poster presentation (not eligible for poster award),a verbal presentation at the next IASN Conference, or submitting an article suitable for publication in the IASN Newsletter.  The award recipient will be encouraged to submit an article for publication in a school nursing related journal.

    The winner(s), if a research project done, will be encouraged to submit the project for the NASN Lillian Wald  Research Award, but the completion time for the NASN Award is 12 months.

    To Apply:

    • Complete the application form  (attached)
    • Have a Graduate Program faculty member sign the application
    • Attach a letter from applicant stating her/his vision of how children’s lives or school nursing will be affected by the project and how the project contributes to her/his professional goals.
    • Attach a narrative detailing project not to exceed 6 pages.
    • Use 1 inch margins, double spacing, minimum of 12 point font, single sided when writing about the project.
    • If submitting a research project, IRB approval is required.
    • E-mail the application form as an attachment to:  IASNFoundation.contact@gmail.com


  • Northwest IASN Conference Attendance Scholarship

    Deadline: Midnight September 1

    The IASN Foundation is honored to offer the Northwest IASN Conference Attendance Scholarship to support the school health community.

    The former Northwest IASN Division is offering grants for school nurses in northwestern Illinois to attend the IASN Annual conference.  Up to twelve $150 grants will be awarded annually.  Grants will continue to be awarded until all the money is used up.

    Applicants must:

    • Reside in Boone, Winnebago, Ogle, Stephenson, or JoDavies counties.
    • Be a current member of IASN
    • Agree to share information learned at the conference with other nurses in their school district after the conference and before the end of that school year.

    The scholarship will be paid to the individual on the last day of the conference.  Must be present to receive the scholarship.

    To Apply:

    • Complete the application form  (attached)
    • Write an explanation of how you will share information learned at the conference with other school nurses
    • E-mail the application form as an attachment and written pages explaining the project to: IASNFoundation.contact@gmail.com