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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Join The Nurses Educational Funds Inc. Celebration of Three New Endowed Graduate Nursing Scholarships:

    Columbia University - Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, Inc./ J. Margaret Ada Mutch Scholarship
    Cynthia Davis Sculco Scholarship for Nursing Education
    The Hartford Foundation Mathy Mezey Gerontological Nursing Scholarship

PLACE: Griffis Faculty Club, 521 East 68th Street, New York, New York 10021

DATE: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TIME: 6 to 8 pm


Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. Mourns The Loss of Nursing Leader and Scholar, Diane McGivern, PhD, RN FAAN.

Dr. Diane McGivern was an NEF Board member from 1991 until 2007 when she became NEF Member Emeritus. She served as the Chair of the NEF Scholarship Eligibility Committee for several years, and was active in all aspects of the organization, including NEF’s move from 57th St. to the current location at 304 Park Avenue South.

From 1987 to 2002, among her many accomplishments as a nursing leader, scholar, author, editor, and staunch advocate for advanced practice nursing, Dr. McGivern was the Head of the Division of Nursing at New York University's School of Education (now the College of Nursing).

Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. is indebted to Dr. Diane McGivern for her many years of tireless service as an NEF Board Member promoting nursing leadership through scholarship support for masters and doctoral nursing degrees in education, practice, service, and research.

Diane McGivern’s obituary in the New York Times written by Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the NYU College of Nursing follows:
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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!


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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.