Student Scholarship Winner, 2019
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The Arizona Nurse Practitioner Council is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 NP Student Scholarship, awarded each year in July to a first-time NP student in any specialty who is a member of the AZNA.
This year we had a very competitive field of 17 applicants for the scholarship. Erica Castillo, RN was selected based on her outstanding essay and is receiving a $2000 award from the AZNPC. Ms. Castillo graduated from the Bilingual Nurse Fellowship Program through Phoenix College for her ADN, attained her BSN through Arizona State University and just completed the Master of Nursing in Clinical Leadership program at the University of Arizona, where she is now starting her journey as a PMNHP DNP student.
Applications were anonymously judged on the following criteria: commitment to nursing, leadership abilities, ability to advance the profession, and the ability to succeed as an NP based on experience. Erica Castillo demonstrated these attributes by playing an active leadership role in the Latino/Hispanic community, engagement in oncology and critical care nursing and research, and a commitment to provide culturally sensitive care to an underserved population of Latinos with behavioral health issues. Congratulations, Erica!