2013-2014 Scholarship Winners' Updates

Donna Westmoreland:

The Nurses Educational Funds' scholarship has been such a blessing. I want to first thank NEF again for your generosity.

The end of 2013 finds me roughly half way through my clinical hours working toward my FNP certification with Frontier Nursing University, in Hyden, Kentucky.

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Nurses Educational Funds, Inc.

Nursing Scholarships for Graduate Education

Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. (NEF) is a not-for-profit organization which seeks and distributes funds to baccalaureate prepared registered nurses who are in need of nursing scholarship assistance for graduate study. NEF is administered by a Board of Directors comprised of prominent leaders in nursing, business, and other professions. Nurses comprise the majority of board members.

NEF has been in existence for over 100 years! It was in 1912 that the first two Isabel Hampton Robb scholarships were awarded to two nurses, Cecelia Evans and Lisle French. From then on NEF has continued to support nursing professionals motivated to seek graduate degrees. With the support of those who value the critical need for:

  • nursing educators
  • advanced nurse clinicians
  • nurse researchers

NEF, the largest, single, private, professionally endorsed source of funds for advanced study in nursing will continue with this work for the next 100 years!

NEF Headlines


by Dr. Kathleen Dirschel

Upon my retirement last year, I embarked on a volunteer healthcare mission in the back country of Uganda to work with the HIV+ population of adults (55% of the adults) and the HIV+ children.  While I was there I participated in the care of more than 75 children all of whom were HIV+ and all of whom were abandoned or orphans. They had no family to care for them. I worked there for three weeks and it turned out to be among the most difficult and most heartfelt, rich and caring experiences of my life.

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Dr. Ursula Springer, PhD, FAAN and NEF Board Member Emeritus, passed away on Sunday, March 30th. Dr. Springer grew up in Berlin, Germany. In college she majored in the “new philology”, a school within philology and ethnohistory that seeks to describe the history of an era using the written sources of a culture to understand their perspective of their own history.

In 1954 she began teaching Latin/German/Social Studies at a suburban high school in New York and completed a PhD in comparative Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
In 1962 she married Bernard Springer who had established his medical publishing company in 1950. Upon his death in 1970 she took over as owner and chief executive of the company. During this time she established the Bernard Springer Nurses Educational Funds Scholarship.

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Doctoral Nursing Student Is The First Recipient Of The NEF Board Member, Cynthia Davis Sculco, Scholarship

Nancy Wise, a doctoral student at Villanova University in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania, is the first graduate nursing student to be awarded the Cynthia Davis Sculco Scholarship.

Nancy's primary area of interest is the number of pregnant adolescents who present risk factors (e.g. preterm and low birth weight babies) related to poor nutrition. During her time as an OB/anesthesia nurse educator she conducted two studies in adolescent pregnancy that resulted in her dissertation: "Nutrition Knowledge, Healthy Eating Behaviors and Personal Self-Efficacy in Pregnant Adolescents".

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News and Updates

Photos from Honoring Our Past and Funding Our Future Event

  • Previous Newsletter
  • The Columbia University-Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, Inc. honors the legacy of Miss Ada Mutch by establishing the CUPHSONAA, Inc. Ada Mutch Fund.
  • The Miriam M. Powell Scholarship Fund is created by Mimi and Lee Powell.

Meet Our Board

Roy L. Simpson, DNP, RN, DPNAP, FAAN


Karen A. Ballard, MA, RN, FAAN


Judith Ann Vessey, PhD., MSN, MBA, RN


Click on the names above to read these board members' biographies.