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American Nurses Association Massachusetts Scholarships

Ruth Lang Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship:
The Ruth Lang Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship was established by the Fitzgerald family in memory of Ruth Lang Fitzgerald, a founding member of MARN (now ANA Massachusetts) and a long time member of the American Nurses Association, who passed away in January 2005. The scholarship had been earmarked for academic scholarship only but has been changed.

Now this scholarship is to be given to an ANA Massachusetts member to pursue an area of interest or special project that will be beneficial to the member and/or the Association. The scholarship may be used to attend an educational conference, the Annual ANA Convention or some other educational activity. It may also be used for participation in a humanitarian aide project.

Application deadline: January 12th.

Use this link to access the Ruth Lang Fitzgerald Scholarship Application.


Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency Scholarship:
This scholarship is awarded yearly to an ANA Massachusetts member to pursue a further degree in nursing or for a child or significant other of an ANA Massachusetts member who has been accepted into a nursing education program.

Amount of Award: $1000
Application deadline: March 15th.

Use this link to access the Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency Scholarship Application.


Sandra Reissour Memorial Scholarship

 Sandra (Martinelli) Reissour, 77, of Springfield died unexpectedly on Monday November 26, 2018 at her home. She was born on July 18, 1941 in North Adams, MA, a daughter of the late John and Olga (Cellana) Martinelli.
Sandra attended local schools and graduated from Drury High School. She was a graduate of St. Luke’s School of Nursing and later attended the College of Our Lady of the Elms where she earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing. She was employed for 52 years until her retirement at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, first as a Head Nurse and later as an Education Specialist in Academic Affairs. A founding member of the American Nurses Association Massachusetts, Sandra also volunteered for many years with nurses in continuing education.
Sandra was the co-chair of the ANCC Accredited Approver Unit for ANA Massachusetts, and mentored many nurses across the state and throughout the country in educational design and interpretation of ANCC criteria. In 2009 Sandra received the President’s Award from ANA Massachusetts, and in 2018 was recognized with the Loyal Service Award for her dedication to the association. Sandy was highly respected, valued for her opinion, and loved for her attention to detail and “eagle eye.” She will be missed. Donations* for a scholarship fund may be made in memory of Sandra Reissour to the American Nurses Association Massachusetts, P.O. Box 285 Milton, MA 02186 or online here,

*Donations are not tax deductible as ANA Massachusetts is a 501c6 corporation. Please consult a tax professional if you have any questions

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