2023 scholarships and awards cycle has closed.  The OADN Foundation Board is currently reviewing submitted applications and nominations. The 2024 scholarship and awards cycles will open early next year.

OADN Foundation Mission

The OADN Foundation promotes the mission and vision of OADN, through the development of resources, the recognition of scholarship and excellence in associate degree nursing education, and the support of advocacy for associate degree nursing.

OADN Foundation Goals


Support Associate degree nursing education’s responsiveness to current health care needs and best practices in nursing education.


Provide recognition of excellence in teaching and research in associate degree nursing education.


Provide scholarships to support preparation of associate degree faculty and students.


Promote the development of nurse leaders in Associate degree nursing education.


Support OADN in advocating for associate degree nursing education.

Applications & Resources

Bobbie Anderson Leadership Award

Elsevier Educator of The Year

NurseThink New Educator Award

CastleBranch Educator Scholarship for Academic Progression

CastleBranch Educator Scholarship for Professional Development

NurseThink Nurse Educator Scholarship

Trajecsys Leadership Institute Scholarships (Coming Soon!)

Alpha Delta Nu Student Scholarship for Leadership and Service

CastleBranch Student Scholarship for Academic Progression

CastleBranch Student Scholarship for Allied Health Careerists in Nursing

Naomi Brack Student Scholarship for Academic Excellence

NurseThink LPN Transition Scholarship

Research Grant

PRESIDENT: Christy Dryer, DNP, RN, CNE – Vice-President of Academic Programs, Cecil College – North East, Maryland


TREASURER & EX-OFFICIO DIRECTOR: OADN Immediate Past President Donna Spivey, RN, DNP – Director, HESI Content Operations, ELSEVIER | Nursing and Health Education – Houston, Texas

SECRETARY: Open Position

DIRECTOR: Tom Cucuel – Chief Operating Officer, CastleBranch – Wilmington, North Carolina

DIRECTOR: Monique Davis PhD, MSN, RN – Dean of Instruction, Health Sciences & Director of Nursing, Montgomery College – Takoma Park, Maryland

DIRECTOR: Elaine Foster Ph.D. – Vice President of Nursing, Educational Affiliates – Niles, Michigan

DIRECTOR: Kimberly J. Harper MS, RN, FAAN – Chief Executive Officer, Indiana Center for Nursing – Indianapolis, Indiana

DIRECTOR: Cara Heinrich, BSHS, R.T., (R)(M) (ARRT) – Director, Business Development, Trajecsys – Henniker, NH

DIRECTOR: Andy Mendelson – Head of Medical Education Sales, North America at Elsevier – Sewell, New Jersey

DIRECTOR: Donna Meyer MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN, FAAN – OADN CEO Emeritus – San Diego, California

DIRECTOR: Tina Rayfield MSN, RN, PA-C – President at Sylvia Rayfield & Associates, Inc – Dahlondga, Georgia

DIRECTOR: Sandra Y. Walker EJD, MS, RN, FAADN – Dean of Technical Studies, Central Ohio Technical College – Newark, Ohio

EX-OFFICIO DIRECTOR: OADN Immediate Past-President – Laura A. Schmidt DNP, FNP-BC – Nursing Education Consultant – Traverse City, Michigan

EX-OFFICIO DIRECTOR: OADN Chief Executive Officer – Rick García Ph.D., RN, CCM, FAAOHN, FAADN – Washington, DC

Latest News

Message from the Leadership – March 2023: Scholarships, Awards, & Grants Announced

How the OADN Foundation is honoring excellence and investing in the future of associate degree nursing education The OADN Foundation promotes the mission and vision of OADN, through the development of resources and the recognition of scholarship and excellence in associate degree nursing education. In collaboration with our valued partners and sponsors, the OADN Foundation […]