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Edward Feliciano Mentoring Nurse Anesthesia Scholarship

1 winner$1,000
Application Deadline
May 1, 2023
Winners Announced
Jun 15, 2023
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Field of Interest:
Nurse anesthesia
Passionate about mentoring/motivating others

Nurse anesthetists are critical to the safety and wellness of patients during and after surgery, filling a crucial role. Unfortunately, the cost of pursuing a degree in nurse anesthesia can be overwhelming and can discourage even the most hardworking and ambitious students. 

This scholarship aims to honor the life of Edward Feliciano by supporting students who are pursuing nurse anesthesia and are passionate about mentoring others so they can afford to complete their degrees.

Edward Feliciano was an amazing nurse, son, husband, friend, and would have been an amazing nurse anesthesia student. His smile and energy lit up every room he entered. He had an infectious curiosity and desire for learning. His time here on Earth was cut short, but his legacy will live forever. 

Any high school, undergraduate, or graduate student who is pursuing a career in nurse anesthesia and has demonstrated a passion for motivating and mentoring others may apply for this scholarship.

To apply, tell us how you’ve been a mentor or motivator to others, what being a mentor means to you, and what inspired you to pursue a degree in nurse anesthesia.

Selection Criteria:
Published February 18, 2023
Essay Topic

How you have been a mentor and motivated others during your journey? What does it mean to you to be a mentor? Also, what led you to pursue a degree in nurse anesthesia?

400–600 words

Winners and Finalists

Winning Application

Sebastian Maderazo
University of ArizonaTucson, AZ
You do not need a mentor, said someone online at when I started searching about CRNA schools. When I began my journey, I had yet to learn about CRNA school, nor did I know anyone who could guide me in the challenging application process. It was during the COVID-19 pandemic when I met a physician anesthesiologist in my ICU. Our hospital made a policy that only anesthesiologists are allowed inside the room with RN and RT when intubating a patient. After a few weeks of working with him, he told me he works with CRNAs daily and asked if I was interested. I looked up that night to what a CRNA is, and that was the beginning of my journey. The anesthesiologist let me shadow him in the OR. Although there were no CRNAs then in that hospital, he told me they do the same thing and taught me the basics of anesthesia. However, there were still times that I felt helpless and without direction until I met someone at the work cafeteria who had applied to graduate school before and helped me with the little but important details that would make my application stand out. With hard work, luck, and support from my newfound mentors, I am finally a third-year resident in my program. To this day, we still keep in touch and update them about my school. From that moment, I promise to be a mentor to others. As of this time, I helped seven people through their application and interview process, and I am proud to say that they all got accepted into CRNA school. Being a mentor for me means that the success of others is also my success. In the field of anesthesia, it is never a one-person team. The teamwork dynamics in the operating room are essential to keep the patient safe. This also applies in real life because mentoring shows others that selflessness, teamwork, and passion toward a goal can be achieved together. I also built long-lasting friendships with my mentee so that we could talk about different aspects of life besides CRNA school. For me, mentoring emphasizes the essence of belongingness, making us see that even impossible goals are achievable. In my program, I also have mentees, and I am humbled by the number of younger residents who reach out to me for help and guidance. It inspires me to do better daily because I know every knowledge and skill I learned can pass to my mentee. Finally, with this scholarship, I would continue Edward's legacy through a continuous desire to learn and help others and bring my energy and smile every day, knowing that I could help change someone's life by being a mentor. Thank you.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is May 1, 2023. Winners will be announced on Jun 15, 2023.

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