Meet our 2016-17 scholars!


2016-17 Scholarship Recipients

The Lois Price Spratlen Scholarship Foundation is proud to recognize Emma Cyders and Grace Martin for their academic performance, school involvement, and community and volunteer activities.


Emma Cyders is a student in the Masters of Science, Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion program at Seattle University in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track. She was recently accepted into Seattle University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

In addition to maintaining a three-point-eight grade point average in her studies, Emma also works as a floor nurse and charge nurse on an inpatient psychiatric unit at Fairfax Hospital in Kirkland.

Seattle University faculty member Janiece DeSocio served as Chairperson for Emma’s graduate scholarly project, a systematic review of literature on adverse childhood experiences applied to the practice of school nursing.

Janiece wrote that after finding a limited base of studies and literature on the subject, Emma took the initiative to interview school nurses regarding their knowledge of the ACE study and how it impacts their work with children. She also designed and delivered an inservice for school nurses of the Seattle school district to educate them about adverse childhood experiences, the effect of ACEs on school performance and health, screening tools, local resources, and interventions.


Grace Martin is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner student entering her final two quarters of the program at the University of Washington’s School of Nursing.

Apparently, maintaining a three-point-eight grade point average and working as a Teaching Assistant at the UW School of Nursing CENE Learning Lab does not keep Grace busy enough.

A look at Grace’s résumé is a study in what it means to volunteer to help those in need. Grace has worked with children as a volunteer with Seattle Children’s Hospital, Union Gospel Mission’s Hope Place, Mara Farm’s Giving Garden, Spurs and Spokes Therapeutic Riding Program, just to name a few.

Grace’s capstone project involves partnering with Spruce Street Inn, a safe house for runaway youths. Her academic advisor, Elaine Walsh, writes that this project exemplifies Grace’s desire to provide care to underserved and vulnerable populations, and reflects a commitment to collaborative relationships.

From her perspective, Grace writes that, “when we invest in the staff on the front lines, then we will be investing in the youth they serve.”

ScholarshipsChris Crosser