The National Hospice Foundation (NHF) is pleased to continue a new scholarship to support professional development in the hospice and palliative care provider community. Continuing with the 2023 Annual Leadership Conference and 2024 Virtual Interdisciplinary Conference NHPCO members are eligible for a new scholarship award provided directly by NHF.

This new scholarship program is made possible by a generous contribution from Norman and Linda McRae.

Attending an NHPCO conference provides valuable opportunities for attendees to network with colleagues, develop their professional skill sets, and learn notable insights about person-centered care.

For in person conferences, this scholarship provides financial aid to potential NHPCO conference participants who need financial assistance for conference attendance and related travel, with a particular focus on smaller programs and those providing hospice or palliative care for underserved communities. Scholarship recipients will be provided with complimentary conference registration and hotel accommodations, and funds up to $1,000 to cover the cost of air or train travel, ground transportation, non-conference meals, and incidentals related to conference attendance.

For virtual only conferences, including the 2023 Virtual Interdisciplinary Conference, scholarship recipients will receive a complimentary conference registration.


To apply for an award, applicants must:

  • Be NHPCO members
  • Be employed by programs unable to cover, or facing difficulty covering, the cost of the conference attendance and related travel and expenses


In reviewing applications, weight will be given to the following factors:

  • Smaller programs that are likely less able to financially support conference attendance
  • Programs working to increase access in traditionally underserved communities, that may include rural areas, urban areas, and communities of color
  • Providers that have very few or no participants already registered


Each financial award will be up to $1,000 per individual, though exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis depending on applicant’s circumstances.*

*In-person NHPCO conferences only. For virtual conferences, a complimentary registration will be given out with equivalent login information.


Applications will be reviewed by NHF and a designated selection committee in a timely manner after submission.


Funds up to $1,000 covering travel incidentals (flights, ground transportation, meals, etc.) are eligible for reimbursement by NHF. Scholarship recipients must provide copies of all receipts and related documents to receive reimbursement.*

*In-person NHPCO conferences only. For virtual conferences, a complimentary registration will be given out with equivalent login information.


  • NHF will acknowledge scholarship recipients during the conference(s)
  • NHF will follow up with scholarship recipients following the conference(s) – recipients are expected to provide an overview of their conference experience and give feedback
  • The scholarship recipient is responsible for collecting receipts and completing an accounting report.

Apply here for the 2024 Virtual Interdisciplinary Conference scholarship
Please note the deadline to apply is March 29, 2024. Applications will be reviewed in early April 2024. Applicants will be notified of decisions prior to the conference’s start on April 15, 2024.

Please contact Alex Slippen (aslippen@nhpco.org) with any specific questions you may have.