The 2023-2024 NEF Scholars attend 30 different Graduate Nursing Programs across the United States.

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Make a donation to NEF and support the future of nursing leadership.

The May 15, 2024 NEF Gala Sponsors Include

Sapphire ($10,000)
  • NYU Langone Health
Ruby ($5,000)
  • The Mount Sinai Health System Nursing and the Mount Sinai Phillips School of Nursing
Topaz ($2,500)
  • Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing
  • Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
  • John Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing
  • Susan Bowar-Ferres, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
  • The University of Rhode Island College of Nursing
  • VNS Health

Pearl ($1,000)
  • Ann Vanderberg, MA, MBA, RN, Treasurer of NEF
  • Cynthia D. Sculco, EdD, RN
  • Diane J. Mancino, EdD, RN, FAAN
  • Lienhard School of Nursing, College of Health Professions at Pace University
  • Joan Marren, MEd, MA, RN, President of NEF
  • New York City Health + Hospitals
  • Nicolette Fiore-Lopez, PhD, RN, CENP, FAAN
  • Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE)
  • Robert and Rita Wieczorek
  • Rosanne Raso, DNP, MS, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, FAONL
Benefactors ($500)
  • Allison Adams Wieczorek
  • Elizabeth Duthie, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Philip Ryan, CPA
Patron ($250)
  • Connie Vance
  • Harriet Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • The John A. Hartford Foundation
Become an NEF 2024 Gala Sponsor

2024 NEF Gala Reception

The NEF Board of Directors cordially invites you to attend the NEF Gala Reception, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 15, 2024, Honoring Susan Bowar-Ferres, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, and the recently established Susan Bowar-Ferres Scholarship Fund devoted to Nursing leadership in the Magnet Recognition Program.

The Gala Reception will be held at the Griffis Faculty Club, New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center located at 521 East 68th Street (at York Avenue) New York, NY 10065. Tickets cost $125 each.

Available sponsorships start at:

$1,000 Pearl, $2,500 Topaz, $5,000 Ruby, $10,000 Sapphire, and $25,000 Emerald. Benefactor donations are available for $500 and Patron donations are available for $250.

To become a Sponsor, one can:

All sponsorships, benefactor and patron donations are tax deductible.

Susan Bowar-Ferres Scholarship Fund

Susan Bowar-Ferres

Susan Bowar-Ferres Scholarship Fund

Created in 2023, the Susan Bowar-Ferres Scholarship is devoted to nursing leadership in the Magnet Recognition Program which recognizes health-care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high quality nursing.

The scholarship is given to a Master’s or Doctoral student demonstrating leadership in aspiring to achieve or continuing to achieve Magnet designation, such as being a Magnet Program Director/Coordinator read more.
2023-2024 J&J/NEF Recipients

Johnson & Johnson and NEF Partnership

The Johnson & Johnson and Edwidge Thomas Health Equity Scholarship

NEF Vice President, Edwidge Thomas, facilitated the creation of a Johnson & Johnson "Our Race to Health Equity" Scholarship for Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. for a second consecutive year. The 2024-2025 Academic year scholarship was increased from $50,000 awarded to five doctoral scholars in 2023 to a $100,000 scholarship to be awarded to a total of 15 doctoral and master's nursing scholars in 2024. The name of these scholarships is "The Johnson & Johnson Edwidge Thomas Health Equity Scholarships". read more.
UN Recognizes Francine Bono-Neri

Francine Bono-Neri, PhD, RN, APRN, PNP

Francine Bono-Neri Scholarship Fund

On May 8, 2024, Dr. Francine Bono-Neri will be recognized and honored by the NURSES WITH GLOBAL IMPACT and VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at the United Nations as, "the extraordinary nurse who is making a huge impact".

NEF congratulates Francine for this remarkable honor and for her tireless efforts dedicated to the prevention of Human Trafficking.

Francine and NEF have established the Francine Bono-Neri Scholarship Fund to support graduate nurses who are specializing their studies in the prevention of Human Trafficking. As an experienced pediatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Bono-Neri's passion for the global reach of human trafficking inspired her to co-found and serve as president of Nurses United Against Human Trafficking. read more.
NEF Celebrates M. Elizabeth Carnegie

M. Elizabeth Carnegie, DPA, RN, FAAN (April 19, 1916 - 2008)

NEF Celebrates M. Elizabeth Carnegie During the Month of April

Dr. Carnegie was an educator and author in the field of nursing, known for breaking down racial barriers. She was the first black nurse to serve as a voting member on the board of a state nursing association. She was later president of the American Academy of Nursing and edited the Journal of Nursing Research.

In 2008 in her will, Dr. Carnegie created a Nurses Educational Funds Scholarship explicitly for black nurses enrolled in doctoral programs.

Each year Nurses Educational Funds, (NEF), awards the M. Elizabeth Carnegie African American Scholarship. The 2022 and 2023 NEF scholars receiving this scholarship were Jessica Arter in 2023 and Brenice Duroseau in 2022.

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Our Mission & Vision Statement

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Mission & Vision Statement Of The Nurses Educational Funds, Inc.


To promote leadership and health equity through scholarship support for professional nurses seeking master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing education, practice, service and research.


To be a national leader in providing scholarships to nurses that benefit nursing, health care and the global community.