Healthcare Professional Scholarships

Healthcare Professional Scholarships

MOCA recognizes how important our partners in healthcare are in caring for the women we serve. We provide several scholarship opportunities each year.

The Lubov Arnold Conference Scholarship

The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) is now accepting scholarship applications for Minnesota oncology nurses or physician assistants to attend relevant conferences aimed at enhancing the care of women with ovarian cancer.

This scholarship provides funding for oncology nurses and physician assistants to attend educational conferences that will help them improve their care of women with ovarian cancer, increase their knowledge of the disease and enable them to educate others about ovarian cancer.

This funding is made available through MOCA with support from the families of Anita Lubov, an oncology nurse who died of ovarian cancer in 1999 and Jan Arnold who died of melanoma in 2017 .

Oncology nurses and physician assistants currently practicing in Minnesota can apply for support to attend conferences that will help them:

  • Improve their care of women with ovarian cancer
  • Increase their knowledge of ovarian cancer
  • Enable them to educate others about ovarian cancer

The funding can be used to support travel, conference fees, lodging and per diem. It is not meant to supplant funding available from employers or other sources. Individual scholarships range from $1,000 – $5,000 and multiple scholarships are awarded each year. Applications can be found here and are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications must be received by the MOCA office at least 60 days prior to the start of the conference.

Scholarships awarded during 2020 will be announced on November 11 at the MOCA Awards Celebration.

Pederson Nursing Scholarship

Each year, MOCA awards the Pederson Nursing Scholarship in memory of Janet Pederson who passed away of ovarian cancer in 2015.

This $1,000 annual scholarship is awarded to an oncology nurse who works at the University of Minnesota on Floor 7C and provides care to women with ovarian cancer. The scholarship is intended to support continuing education costs.

The scholarship will be announced on November 20, 2020.

For more information about nursing scholarships or to set up a scholarship in the name of a loved one, please contact MOCA Executive Director Kathleen Gavin at or call 612-822-0500.