Honoring Recent NEF Endowed Scholarships Donors
With a Gala Reception on October 22, 2014
Despite the daunting challenges of a Nor-Easter that prevented and inhibited travel, NEF's Cocktail Reception honoring three donors of NEF Endowed Scholarships, was a lovely, warm event. The relatively small attendance of 36 included representatives of the three organizations that funded the new scholarships, several nursing leaders from the metropolitan area, Dr. Patricia Davidson, Dean of the School of Graduate Study at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Harriet Feldman, Dean of the School of Nursing & Health Professions at Pace University, and Dr. Eileen Sullivan-Marx, Dean of the College of Nursing, New York University. This year's NEF Scholars who were warmly welcomed by the NEF Board members were from Villanova, CUNY, NYU, Teacher's College, Columbia's School of Nursing, and SUNY Downstate.
The Thomas F. and Cynthia D. Sculco Foundation was enthusiastically represented by Dr. Cynthia Sculco, Vice-President of NEF, who remarked on her passion for nursing education, the focus of this scholarship. Dr. Eileen Sullivan-Marx, the Dean of the College of Nursing, New York University, which includes the Harford Institute for Geriatric Care, spoke of the extensive support for nursing by the John A. Hartford Foundation. The Hartford Foundation demonstrated its long-term affection and respect for Dr. Mathy Mezey for whom the endowed scholarship for geriatric nursing education is named. Dr. Mezey enthusiastically responded with remarks about her life-long passion for scholarships and the impact such funds have on the care of our older populations. The Columbia University/Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, Inc. (CUPHSONAA) was ably represented by one of its board members, Dr. Joan Arnold who is also NEF's Treasurer. Dr. Arnold spoke of the Alumni's multiple services to students, graduates, and scholarship support; the CUPHSONAA Scholarship is named in honor of J. Ada Mutch, a beloved faculty member of Teacher's College, Columbia University.
The NEF, Inc. work on its Mission, Vision, and Values, was highlighted by NEF President, Dr. Susan Bowar-Ferres, who noted the diligent and committed work of the Board in carrying out the mission. Giving back to the nursing profession will be a theme of NEF's publicity over the next year. The NEF Gala event raised more than $20,000 that included sponsorship by several organizations (NYU Langone Medical Center with $5,000, Johns Hopkins University with $2,000, Pace University, Lenox Hill Hospital of North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Maimonides Medical Center, and the Isabella Geriatric Center, each with $1,000). Several individuals also were $1,000 sponsors.
Nurses Educational Funds, INC. is very grateful for the most recent endowed scholarships and the generous donations from the NEF Gala supporters. Raising money to fund baccalaureate prepared nurses seeking graduate nursing degrees is the sole purpose of the Nurses Educational Funds, Inc.
Susan Bowar –Ferres, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, President, Nurses Educational Funds, INC
The Nurses Educational Funds Centennial Celebration
Honoring our Past - Funding our Future
October 24, 2012, board members and friends of the Nurses Educational Funds Organization celebrated NEF’s centennial with an elegant occasion at the Griffis Faculty Club at Cornell Weill Medical College.
Board Member, Dr. Louise Fitzpatrick, who was also a Nurse Scholar recipient many years ago, paid tribute to the first 2 scholarship recipients in 1912 and traced the highlights of NEF’s growth to the current awarding of 19 Master’s and Doctoral scholarships in 2012. Lovely Thelma Schorr, the editor of the American Journal of Nursing for decades, shared comments about housing and supporting NEF on West 57th in the Journal offices for years. Dr. Cynthia Sculco, NEF Vice President, spoke about the importance of giving, as nurses, as professionals, and as people who need to support each other. The best part of all was that we raised more than $30,000 for future scholars with this event.
With over 50 in attendance, old friends and colleagues hugged and greeted each other, and new colleagues and board members had the opportunity to meet those nurse scholars they had only known by name.
As your President, I see the centennial celebration as symbolizing the promise and energy for a great year ahead and renewed support for NEF’s commitment to significantly promote graduate nursing scholarship. We thank all of those who have donated and who came to enjoy the celebration.