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Karen Hicks



Scholar Circle

Check out our 2023 recipients’ testimonials and essays.

“Winning the Cherokee Nursing Conference Scholarship gave me a glimpse of hope that pursuing my passion as a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse is still a possibility.” 

- Michelle Sfeir, RN, BSN – a 2021 recipient

Katie Askren


"Receiving the Cherokee Nursing Conference Scholarship for DAISY Honorees is a wonderful gift and tool to help improve myself and my practice. I have a passion for educating and by furthering my knowledge, I can be of more service to my coworkers and patients. By attending ONS Congress, I will receive the most up-to-date information. This will empower me to suggest changes to my workplace so we may use current evidence-based practice. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to meet other invested nurses and learn from the best."

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Viktoriya Baraya


"Attending a professional conference is an amazing growth opportunity for any nurse! Being selected as a recipient of the Cherokee Nursing Scholarship filled me with gratitude and inspiration to bring back the latest innovations and the most relevant ideas to my patients, peers, and the organization. Thank you so much and I hope you keep blessing the nurses for years to come!"

Diana Berry


“I am so grateful and honored to have been chosen, and am incredibly excited.  Thank you so much!”

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Laura Brewer


“Thank you so much!  I am so very excited and honored.”

Karen Hicks


“Thank you to the scholarship team!! I am so honored to have been chosen and cannot wait to attend my first nursing conference with the scholarship funds awarded to me. ”

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Cailing Li


"I strongly believe in the power of education. Education can help us build confidence in our abilities, gain new perspectives, and change our lives for the better. I am grateful for this Cherokee Daisy scholarship because it provides me with an opportunity to advance my education and nursing practice. I will utilize it to better myself and help others in the future!"

Kristina Martinez


“This is so exciting.  Thank you very much.”

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Tim Nichols


“I am thrilled to have been chosen for this generous scholarship.  I am humbled.”

Sherwin Pazzibugan

Student (graduating January 2023)

“As a new graduate frpm nursing school, this scholarship will allow me to advance my nursing career and further my professional development. This will provide an opportunity for me to get involved in health policy and improve the healthcare system in our community.   Again, thank you and I am honored for this recognition!”

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Diane Sirajudeen


“I am so grateful and excited to be one of the recipients of the Cherokee Nursing Conference Scholarship. This scholarship is a wonderful opportunity for me to expand my knowledge and grow as a healthcare professional. Conferences offer the ability to not only develop your skills but also learn from other experts in the field who come from different backgrounds and experiences. The beauty of healthcare is it is always changing as research and new innovations come to light. This scholarship offers the chance to learn about the best evidence-based practices to help provide quality care for our patients. I cannot wait to utilize this opportunity to grow as a nursing professional and am thankful for this experience.”

Past Cherokee Nursing Conference Scholarship Recipients


Jay Brownson

Janice Campbell

Mark Cordova Cuizon

Nancy Dias

Kristen Hill

Jacqueline Newton

Lauren Peiffer

Michelle Raynor

Theresa Wavra

Brigitte Marie Williams


Elida Berndt

Katie Busby

Johannie Camat

Keale Caye

Suzanne Ellison

Lynn Estacio

Stephanie Keniston

Francois Njomo

Adelberto Pena, Jr.

Michelle Sfeir


Aida Abdulrahman

Catherine Eikenberry

Amy Fulwood

Jael Holroyd

Alexandra Koszarek

Tiffany LaSalle

Joy Lanfranchi

Trixy Schmitz

Timi Trust

Mary Whalen


Linda Arundel

Stephen Berg

Brian Frampton

Lana Garcia

Kelley Lombard

Michelle Lopez

Jenny Ratts-Harrison

Victoria Reiser

Mary Rose Santos

Tracey Wooden


Abby Sheesley

Christine Puskar

Katie Alms

Letitia Debrill

Marvin Delfin

McKinzie McAdaragh

Melissa Mitchell

Samantha Goetz

Stephanie Hand

Tania Ayala


“In my nomination, my patient wrote that they felt lucky to
have me as a nurse. In reality, I’m the lucky one
for being able to spend time with so many amazing kids
in my profession as a pediatric nurse.”

Ariella Eve


DAISY Award Honoree

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