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2020 NMNPC Scholarship Awards

2020 Scholarship Awards

NMNPC currently supports four scholarships of $500 in memory of Candelario Garcia and one scholarship of $500 in honor of Myrna Wood. NMNPC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 scholarship awards. These nurses are hardworking and deserving students who are part of the future of our profession in New Mexico.

For more information or to apply for one of the 2021 scholarships, go to our Scholarships page.

Candelario Garcia Scholarship Recipients

Shannon Chavez, BSN, RN

Shannon is a third-year student in the New Mexico State University’s DNP program and is specializing as a family nurse practitioner. She brings her expertise in a variety of clinical areas and her commitment to the holistic practice of nursing to her nurse practitioner education and training. She is a recipient of the Daisy Award for Nursing Excellence and plans to return to academia to make a positive difference in the future of nursing education by encouraging future nurses to love the profession as well as the patients for whom they will provide care. 


Lindsy Foust, BS, ADN, RN

Lindsy was born and raised in a rural town in eastern New Mexico. She came to Albuquerque to attend the University of New Mexico from which she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2009 with her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. She is a recipient of the Robert B. Lotfield award for outstanding academic achievement in biochemistry and molecular biology. During her undergraduate work at UNM LIndsy obtained her EMT-B and EMT-I licenses, allowing to work as a nurse tech in the ER at Presbyterian. She has also been involved in her community, volunteering in the Child Life and ER department at Presbyterian Lindsy would like to return to work in the small community in New Mexico where she grew up following her graduation.


Kali Kundamal, BSN, RN

Kali Kundomal graduated magna cum laude in 2014, earning her BSN degree and is currently in the BSN to DNP-FNP program at Texas Christian University. An outstanding student in clinical and didactic courses, she has received high accolades from her clinical preceptors. During an appointment when Kali was 12, the physician told Kali's mother that she would die "within a month" if she didn't take her to a hospital "now," and Kali became entwined in the world of healthcare. Kali saw firsthand how the nurses and NPs she encountered impacted her life and she wanted to be that person for another patient. She is a resident of Roswell, NM, and plans to work as a doctorally-prepared FNP in New Mexico when she graduates.


Madison Lutz, BSN, RN

Madison graduated from UNM’s undergraduate nursing program cum laude and with honors. She was the Student Nurses’ Association Vice President and plans to be an active member in legislation as a nurse practitioner, advocating for the patients she serves. Madison started her nursing career in the neonatal ICU, where she has worked for the past four and a half years. Throughout her graduate program, she has continued to be a relief charge nurse, a preceptor to new nurses and teach CPR classes to parents. The UNM PNP program has been the greatest challenge of her life and after graduation, Madison plans to work in New Mexico, giving back to the community she says has given so much to her over the years.

Myrna Wood Scholarship Recipient

Carrie Thompson, BSN, RN

Carrie Thompson is an AG-ACNP student at the University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing. She's the first member of her family to attend college and graduated cum laude from UNM in 2005 with a BA in Portuguese and Spanish. Six months later, Carrie enrolled in prerequisite courses for the nursing program at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) and became a registered nurse in 2012. Carrie said this award reinforces her dedication to nursing practice in the state of New Mexico and she hopes her career is as impactful as Myrna's. She's inspired by Myrna's pioneering drive and sense of duty to her community. When Carrie found out she received this scholarship word, she researched and discovered Mrs. Wood’s place of burial, and decided to pay her respects in person.

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