Schultz and Woodley awarded Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. Scholarships

UNCSON PhD student Michael Schultz, BSN, RN, and assistant professor Lisa Woodley, MSN, RN, have received Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. (NEF) scholarships.

Michael is the recipient of the Henry B. Spencer Scholarship. Michael’s dissertation explores the relationships of mindfulness, interoception (the sense of the internal state of the body), and stress to type 1 diabetes self-management among late adolescents and young adults. The broad goal of this quasi-experimental study with biobehavioral and mixed methods is to better understand the relationships of mind, body, and behavior to design and implement novel interventions for this population, which struggles most with type 1 diabetes self-management.

Lisa received the Cynthia Davis Sculco Scholarship. She is currently a 4th year PhD student at UNC Greensboro and an assistant professor at the UNCSON. As an experienced nurse educator, she has always been passionate about creating an inclusive learning environment that promotes the success of all nursing students. One of the main reasons for her pursuit of a PhD in Nursing has been her desire to promote inclusivity within nursing education. Her dissertation seeks to describe the lived experiences of Hispanic / Latinx nursing students as they acculturate into the profession of nursing, and explore the potential for differences in experiences related to participants’ gender, English and Spanish language fluency, country of birth, and first-generation college student status.

“The scholastic and professional accomplishments of the 2018–2019 NEF scholars exemplify academic excellence, determination, perseverance, and clear leadership qualities that have characterized the NEF scholars since 1912, when the organization began,” writes Jerelyn Weiss, executive director of NEF.

Both will be honored at the NEF Gala Reception on November 7. For a full list and biographies of this year’s recipients, please visit the NEF website here.

Well done, Michael and Lisa!