Scholarship Eligibility:

  • You are an Academy member
  • You agree to submit a letter or short article explaining what you learned subsequent to the conference.

If you are eligible, here’s what you need to do:

  • Complete an application explaining how you will benefit from conference attendance.
  • Submit a Letter of Reference
  • Submit it to the Academy no later - to be announced

Once you receive the scholarship and attend the conference, please complete this follow-up form and submit to the Academy.

Please note, the available funds vary and are to cover expenses related to travel, lodging, and food.

Questions? Contact the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals at or (720) 646-2978

Academy Scholarship Winner


Jacalee Michaelis, RN3

RN3 Nursing Supervisor

Washington Department of Corrections

Jackie Michaelis, applied for the annual Academy scholarship, which granted free registration to the NCCHC National Conference on Correctional Health Care. What did she think about her experience?

"Attending the NCCHC National Conference was fantastic!  As a newbie to Corrections, I was eager to learn more about the nuances of health care in this type of setting."

"The sessions were very informative and had practical application throughout.  The speakers were obviously very knowledgeable with several years’ experience working in Corrections.  I will be presenting information to my staff to not only raise our overall skill level but to also let them know that others in similar facilities share many of the same concerns."

"Best of all was the networking!  I met so many people and while some were nursing staff, like me, others were in Mental Health or Dental or were medical practitioners.  While we each had our own perspectives, we all shared Corrections as a common theme."

"There was also a wide variety of vendors, with not just a single focus on a particular area or issue.  Of course, the free hand-outs were great; more importantly, though, there were several who presented real solutions to some of my facility’s challenges."

"I am looking forward to next year’s National Conference and would encourage anyone working in the Health Services field of Corrections to consider joining the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals.  There are many benefits of having this membership and for the price of less than one average Starbucks’ coffee a month, it’s well worth it."

Academy Scholarship Winner


Shannon Miller, LPN
Corrections Corporation of America
Burlington CO

Shannon Miller, LPN was awarded the annual Academy scholarship because of her potential to learn and grow in the field. Here’s what she had to say about her experience: 

“I love to learn new things about my job and love to share that information with my fellow colleagues. I greatly enjoyed the time and company that I had in Las Vegas and attended sessions with ideas that my facility could adopt.” 

“Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity that I was given. I was able to come back and give a great presentation to my facility about what I had learned.” 

“I highly encourage anybody who is in correctional health care to attend of these conferences. The great learning experience and great company that you will find will be something that you will remember for the rest of your life!” 

Academy Scholarship Winner


Nancy Vander Berg, RN
Head Nurse
Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility
Sussex County Sheriff’s Office
Newton, NJ

Nancy Vander Berg, RN, applied for the annual Academy scholarship, which granted free registration to the NCCHC National Conference on Correctional Health Care, to enhance her knowledge, meet colleagues, and network with professionals who shared her passion for corrections. What did she think about her experience?

“The Conference not only met, but exceeded my expectations,” she gushed. “I am very grateful to have been the recipient of the scholarship…and was excited to share all I learned with my co-workers when I returned.”

She welcomed the variety of educational sessions and enjoyed partying one evening at the Academy’s “Meet and Greet,” in downtown Nashville TN.

As a result of her participation, she intends to become an active Academy member, sit for the CCHP exam, and prod her facility into applying for NCCHC accreditation.

Scholarship Program

NCCHC Annual Conference Scholarship

A scholarship program was established in 2005 through generous donations of members of the Academy. Its purpose is to assist members who are unable to attend the conference or need assistance.

The next scholarship to be announced:  September 2020