Each fall, Frontier Nursing University’s (FNU) Chi Pi Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) awards several students with financial scholarships. To qualify for STTI membership, students must have completed at least a quarter of their degree program, hold a 3.5 or higher grade point average and demonstrate academic excellence.
This year, three nurse practitioner students received the scholarship, including Jazmin Townes, Joanna Wilder, and Sarah Logan. Congratulations to FNU’s Fall 2021 Chi Pi scholarship recipients! The FNU community is proud of your dedication to hard work.
Meet Our Scholarship Recipients:
Jazmin Townes, from South Carolina
Jazmin Townes is in FNU’s Nurse-Midwifery program. In her scholarship essay, Townes detailed her goals for after graduation of opening a birth center on the island of St. Thomas, allowing women to have more choices regarding their birthing and overall health needs.
“I give all glory and honor to the Most High for allowing this blessing to fall upon myself and my family. As a new mother of a sweet baby boy, this scholarship will aid in the completion of my master’s degree as clinical rotations are on the horizon. Becoming a Certified Nurse-Midwife has been a dream of mine as I admired many women who were midwives and doctors growing up in the Caribbean. My grandmother was a midwife on the island of Anguilla. When she migrated to the United States Virgin Islands she gave up her passion to care for her 4 children by working in a jewelry store. Her story motivates me to excel in Frontier’s Midwifery program. With clinical rotations approaching I will be 192 miles away from my 5 month old baby boy. Not only is this heartbreaking but nerve-racking. I want to make my husband and son proud of this accomplishment and receiving this award is just the beginning of that. The funds from the scholarship will pay for the preparation of my Clinical Bound and travel expenses to my clinical site. I am humbled and honored to be a Chi Pi recipient. “ – Jazmin Townes
Joanna Wilder, from Tigard, Oregon
Joanna Wilder has been a nurse since 1990, working in a hospital setting and at a birth center, and is now working towards becoming a Certified Nurse-Midwife. After graduating, Wilder plans to continue her education and get her DNP, focusing on the role of pregnancy and birth in the healing of childhood trauma. She would ultimately like to teach future midwives the sacred work of holding healing spaces during pregnancy and birth.
“I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for the Chi Pi scholarship, which I have been awarded twice during my master’s program. I am a Certified Professional Midwife, and had to close my practice when I started the Frontier nurse-midwifery program. I worked as a nurse educator during the didactic terms, and then made the hard choice to stop working to give my full attention to clinicals. We have been carefully budgeting my husband’s disability/social security income. The scholarship money came exactly when the need was the highest. It was incredibly humbling; and reminded me that this journey is to be made with open hands. Holding a space of curiosity, I can wonder how our needs will be provided; rather than try to figure it out by the strength of my will. Watching our needs be met has led to deep conversations with my 3 teens at home, and with my adult kids who are intimidated by grad school costs. If I can graduate with my MSN at 55, and move into the Companion DNP, then they can too! Frontier truly embodies the culture of caring. So grateful for this community.” – Joanna Wilder
Sarah Logan is an FNU Certified Nurse-Midwife graduate and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Logan has been involved in nursing education for several years now and has taken on many leadership roles. With the help of a colleague, she is working towards opening an outpatient mobile clinic to serve the migrant population in her city with prenatal and well-visit care. With the scholarship, Logan plans to continue working on projects that make a lasting impact in her community.
To find out more about Chi Pi and apply for the 2022 scholarship, please visit our Honor Society Page. We encourage all students and prospective students to check out the various scholarships offered at FNU.