Scholarships and Award Programs

SCAPHON presents hematology/oncology scholarships and the Kathy Ruccione award at the annual SCAPHON conference each year in May.

All applications are due by April 1st to be considered for that years May conference, but can be submitted anytime from throughout the year.

All applicants must have received treatment in the Southern California area.

No applicants outside this area will be considered.

SCAPHON is a Southern California organization

Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarships

Oncology Scholarship Application

Eric-Stig Engblom Memorial Survivor Scholarship

In memory of Eric-Stig Engblom, SCAPHON, together with Eric’s family, offers this scholarship to a childhood cancer survivor.

Denisse Heard Survivor Scholarship

In honor of Denisse Heard, SCAPHON offers this scholarship to a childhood cancer survivor.

Gloria Velasquez Memorial Survivor Scholarship

In memory of Gloria Velasquez, SCAPHON, together, with Loma Linda University Medical Center, offers this award to a childhood cancer survivor.

Amy Nishimura Memorial Survivor Scholarship

In memory of Amy Nishimura, SCAPHON, together with Amy’s nursing colleagues at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, offers this award to a childhood cancer survivor.

Childhood Hematology Survivor Scholarship

Hematology Scholarship Application

Scholarships/Awards available to members

Fight to Victory SCAPHON Scholarship

This scholarship is made on behalf of Reece who was diagnosed at age 19 with osteosarcoma.  Reece continues to fight his cancer with the support of his family, friends and community.  He is paying it forward by funding one of SCAPHON’s academic college scholarships. Reece is fighting to victory and would like others to do the same.

Nancy Jopes Memorial SCAPHON Scholarship

In memory of Nancy Jopes, SCAPHON awards three nursing scholarship opportunities to attend the annual SCAPHON Regional conference each spring in Southern California. This scholarship award is raffled off at the March, September and December Educational Quarterly SCAPHON Meetings.

Kathy Ruccione Founders Award for Excellence in Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology Nursing

In 1995, the SCAPHON Board of Directors established and presented the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Pediatric Oncology Nursing to Kathy Ruccione, the driving force behind the establishment of our local SCAPHON chapter. Now, each year we honor a nurse from our local SCAPHON chapter who exemplifies excellence in pediatric hematology/oncology nursing. The award includes: 1) a certificate; 2) free registration to the SCAPHON Regional Conference; and 3) a $500 honorarium. Please consider nominating a co-worker for this award.

Click here to nominate an individual for this award.

Funding for SCAPHON’s Scholarship and Awards Programs is made possible through the efforts of board members, the APHON/SCAPHON and general membership, and the generous financial sup¬port of our raffle sponsors and other donators.

May 2019 Scholarship Winners

Terrence Ma
Denisse Heard Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Caleb Kobriger
Gloria Velasquez Memorial Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Kaylie Pendleton
Amy Nishimura Memorial Education Scholarship

Amaia Laskin
Eric-Stig Engblom Memorial Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Sana Moezzi
Fight to Victory

Holly Reeb, RN
Kathy Ruccione Award for Excellence

Kathleen Corcoran, Don Stewart, Gwen Kimball
Nancy Jopes Educational Scholarships to attend the May conference.

May 2018 Scholarship Winners

Julius Tran
Denisse Heard Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Catherine Hawley
Gloria Velasquez Memorial Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Kate Lopez
Amy Nishimura Memorial Education Scholarship

Ryan Rohrich
Eric-Stig Engblom Memorial Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Sydney Pollard
Hematology Survivor Scholarship

Audrey Ball
Fight to Victory

JoAnne Augier
Kathy Ruccione Award for Excellence

Theresa Austin, Barbara Mazorek, Tamira Worthington
Nancy Jopes Educational Scholarships to attend the May conference.

May 2017 Scholarship Winners

Sonia Matsumoto
Denisse Heard Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

John Paul Szabo
Gloria Velasquez Memorial Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Adam Enomoto
Amy Nishimura Memorial Education Scholarship

Diego Sanchez
Eric-Stig Engblom Memorial Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Sheila Abazari
Hematology Survivor Scholarship

Marie Carl
Fight to Victory

Diane Grade
Kathy Ruccione Award for Excellence

Rachelle Green, Sharayah Elkins, Brittni Missick
Nancy Jopes Educational Scholarships to attend the May conference.

June 2016 Scholarship Winners

Franchesca Lansang
Denisse Heard Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Nereyda Perez
Gloria Velasquez Memorial Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Sofia Rocha
Amy Nishimura Memorial Education Scholarship

Taejin Hwang
Eric-Stig Engblom Memorial Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Bamidele Aleshe
Hematology Survivor Scholarship

Erin Morris
Kathy Ruccione Award for Excellence

Mary English, Kathleen Corcoran, Dee Imai
Nancy Jopes Educational Scholarships to attend the May conference.

May 2015 Scholarship Winners

John Barrios
Denisse Heard Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Pedro Gallardo
Gloria Velasquez Memorial Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Melinda Marchiano
Amy Nishimura Memorial Education Scholarship

Abigail Dionisio
Eric-Stig Engblom Memorial Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Matthew Vega
Fight To Victory Scholarship

Kayla Saikaly
Hematology Survivor Scholarship

Scarlett Czarnecki
Kathy Ruccione Award for Excellence

Swati Saiben, Mary English, & Edna Klinger
Nancy Jopes Educational Scholarships to attend the May conference.

May 2014 Scholarship Winners

Michael Murran
Denisse Heard Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Paloma Lamb
Amy Nishimura Memorial Education Scholarship

Bailey Quishenberry
Gloria Velasquez Memorial Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Lauren Graham
Eric-Stig Engblom Memorial Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Laura Vasquez
Kathy Ruccione Award for Excellence

Sonya Tran, Liliam Acosta, Kathleen Corcoran
Nancy Jopes Educational Scholarships to attend the May conference.

May 2013 Scholarship Winners

Kathleen Peterson
Denisse Heard Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Guadalupe Garcia
Amy Nishimura Memorial Education Scholarship

Erin Paulson
Gloria Velasquez Memorial Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Kristina Schultz
Eric‐Stig Engblom Memorial Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Eddy Soukhaseum
Hematology Survivor Scholarship

Kathleen Adlard
Kathy Ruccione Founders Day Award

Diane Altounji, Karla Wilson, Julia Fukuhara

Nancy Jopes Educational Scholarships to attend the May conference