FAQ

1. What type of funds are available for scholarships?
NEF awards scholarships through several types of funds: endowed, unrestricted and restricted. There are 3 restricted categories by scholastic level, organization and race/ethnicity.

2. Does NEF award scholarships for post-masters certificates?
At this time NEF does not award scholarships for post-master's certificates. NEF offers scholarships for those registered nurses who are in a full- or part-time time Master's program or a full- or part-time time Doctoral program.

3. Does NEF award scholarships for combined bachelor's-master's programs?
NEF will give consideration to applicants in a combined bachelor's-master's program. However, the applicant can only apply after they have become a registered nurse and they are in that portion of the program that is considered the master's portion.

4. Does one have to be a full-time student to be eligible?
No. If one is in a Master's program then enrollment can be full- or part-time in a professionally NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing Master's degree program, as long as the student has completed a minimum of 12 credits (at the time of application) with a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher. If one is in a Doctoral program then enrollment can be full- or part-time in a nursing or nursing-related field, having completed a minimum of 12 credits (at the time of application) with a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher.

5. What are the requirements to be eligible for a scholarship?
To qualify for an NEF award, you must be:

  • A registered nurse;
  • A member of a professional nursing association;
  • Enrolled full- or part-time in a NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing Masters degree program, having completed a minimum of 12 credits (at the time of application) with a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher;
  • Enrolled full- or part-time in a NLNAC or CCNE accredited doctoral program in nursing or a nursing related field, having completed a minimum of 12 credits (at the time of application) with a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher;
  • A U.S. citizen or have declared your official intention of becoming one.

6. Does NEF offer scholarships for undergraduates with a nursing major?
No. NEF's scholarships are for graduate study, either Master's or Doctoral. See our Links Page for funding suggestions for undergraduate study.

7. Are GRE/MAT scores a required supplement to the Application Form?
GRE/MAT scores are no longer required for eligibility to submit a scholarship application to NEF. Official school transcripts and a Registered Nurse license are still required.