AWHONN provides qualified members with opportunities to enhance their initiatives, both academic and professional; in addition recognize the tremendous efforts nurses do within their professions and communities outlined by AWHONN’s mission.

Refer back to this page throughout the year as new and open opportunities are posted.


The Distinguished Professional Service Award is AWHONN’s highest honor. This award is given to nurses whose accomplishments in the specialties of women’s health, obstetric and neonatal nursing, as well as their contributions to AWHONN are exemplary. Nominations are sought from AWHONN’s Board of Directors and AWHONN’s Board selects the winner.

The AWHONN Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Award recognizes an AWHONN member who has exhibited strong leadership and commitment in advancing and advocating evidence-based protocols, research, or practices to combat maternal or newborn health outcome disparities to underserved or underrepresented populations in the US.

AWHONN Awards of Excellence recognizes and honors nurses who make extraordinary contributions in promoting the health of women, newborns, and families at the local, state, national, and international levels.  

Each year, the editors of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN) and Nursing for Women’s Health (NWH), in concert with their Editorial Advisory Boards, elevate the outstanding scholarship of one paper from their respective journal’s previous year’s volume and acknowledge the contribution of the paper with either the Best of JOGNN award or the NWH Excellence in Writing award.

The Novice Researcher Award is intended to assist new researchers in beginning areas of study, investigating clinical issues, or launching a pilot study.


AWHONN and Kimberly Clark/Huggies® awards scholarships for millennial nurses to attend AWHONN’s Annual Virtual Convention. The recipents’ must have desire to expand their knowledge and  strengthen practice to improve their well being of mothers and their babies. The scholarship includes one year of AWHONN membership, as well as travel and attendance to the AWHONN’s Annual Convention. Applicants must submit a completed form, recommendation letter form their supervisor and submit video testimonial to be considered for this opportunity.


AWHONN’s commitment to nursing research and scholarship is reflected in our 25-year history of funding nursing research and promoting evidence-based nursing care. Our program is designed primarily for researchers whose efforts are on the beginning developments of a program of research.

Awards are granted to researchers whose proposals investigate variables relevant to women’s health, obstetric, or neonatal nursing. Studies that are clinically focused and outcome based are a priority. Projects that focus on the nurse’s role in delivering cost-effective care in these sub specialties are encouraged and will also be considered.

Other Programs

The AWHONN Emerging Leaders program is a 9 month intensive leadership development opportunity that offers 10 individuals a chance to refine their purpose, learn skills and develop strategies to transform themselves, AWHONN and the field of nursing. Due to COVID, the AWHONN 2020 Emerging Leaders cohort has been postponed until 2021.