Nurses Educational Funds, Inc.
Honors Madeline A. Naegle

Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. has initiated a campaign to raise money for a mental health nursing scholarship honoring Madeline A. Naegle, PhD, CNS-PMH, RN, BC, FAAN, national and international nursing leader in mental health/substance abuse education, research, and practice.

Dr. Madeline Naegle is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City. She is a recipient of two Fulbright Awards, and directs the WHO Collaborating Center in Geriatric Nursing Education at Rory Meyers College of Nursing, New York University. She also serves as a global mental health consultant on substance abuse and aging issues. Dr. Naegle’s teaching career began in 1972 and includes the establishment of the psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner program and substance abuse specialty sequence at NYU Meyers. She is the founding editor of the Journal of Addictions Nursing.

Currently there are very few scholarships specifically for graduate mental health nursing and NEF plans to raise enough funds to eventually establish a $50,000 permanent Madeline A. Naegle Scholarship.  From that permanent fund, an annual scholarship can be awarded to graduate nursing students specializing in mental health nursing.

Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. is extremely proud to honor Dr. Naegle’s life work by establishing a permanent scholarship in her name.

To contribute to the Madeline A. Naegle Scholarship Fund you can click on “Donate” above or you can send contribution checks to:

Nurses Educational Funds, Inc.
137 Montague Street, Ste. 144
Brooklyn, NY 11201

For more information please contact:
Jerelyn Weiss, NEF Executive Director
(917) 524-8051
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Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. Honors
Norman and Alicia Volk
The 2017-2018 NEF Scholarship Recipients at the 2017 NEF Gala


More than 55 guests gathered to celebrate Nurses Educational Funds, Inc., its honorees and scholarship recipients on November 1, 2017, at the Griffis Faculty Club in New York City. The setting as always was lovely and the harpist, Sarah Loveland Gill, wonderful! Our thanks once again go to Rosanne Raso and her excellent Executive Assistant, Uvanda Reynolds, who facilitated all of the arrangements at the Griffis Faculty Club. Our appreciation also goes to Judith Ochola and Suzette Joseph, undergraduate nursing students at Hunter - Bellevue School of Nursing, who for the second year assisted NEF in welcoming guests at the registration desk. The evening began with drinks and hors d’oeuvres while attendees enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues. All Gala participants were enthusiastic in their support for a cause about which we are all passionate - graduate nursing education.

The formal program began with NEF Secretary, Maggie McClure, sharing thoughts about our dear friend and colleague, the late M. Louise Fitzpatrick. Maggie requested a moment of silence in remembrance of Dr. Fitzpatrick’s tremendous achievements as a national nursing education leader and her many contributions as a long-term member of the NEF Board of Directors. Board member Mathy Mezey then spoke about the Gala honorees, Norman and Alicia Volk. She highlighted the Volk’s many years of active support for the nursing profession and in particular, their significant efforts in advancing health care for the elderly through nursing education and research. Mathy highlighted Norman Volk’s Board leadership of the John A Hartford Foundation and her own work with Norman and the Hartford Foundation in the development of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at NYU Rory Myers College of Nursing.

Norman Volk shared his views on the extraordinary importance of graduate nursing education. He emphasized how graduate nursing education promotes nursing leaders as patient advocates in acute care, community health, and academia. Most importantly he stressed the need for nurses to grow through advanced education as our health care innovators and champions for advancing better health care in America. Read more...


Jennifer Withall, the 2017-2018 recipient of the NEF American Journal of Nursing Scholarship attended the Jonas Nurse Leader Conference in Washington D.C. in October, 2017 where she met the editor of the AJN, Maureen Shawn Kennedy.


Nurses Educational Funds, Inc.
Invites you to our next
NEF Gala Reception
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
6 to 8 pm
At the Griffis Faculty Club
521 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065
Please join us to support and celebrate graduate nursing education.
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NEF’s Circle of Scholars


NEF Circle of Scholars, a formal network among NEF scholars was created in 2016 to serve as a communication platform for the thousands of nurses who have been recipients of NEF scholarships. We hope past NEF scholars will regularly update NEF on their accomplishments as nurse leaders so we can share their successes via our NEF Web Site, on Facebook, and on Twitter. We also hope that as the NEF scholars continue to advance in their nursing careers they will remember the next generation of nurse leaders and become lifelong supporters of Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. Please read more about the Circle of Scholars under “Scholars” ‘Circle of Scholars’.

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!

Support a Graduate Nurse's Education With a Donation To Nurses Educational Funds, Inc

Nurses Educational Funds, Inc, encourages all those who have ever been grateful for the care, commitment, and dedication of a nurse, to donate today to the Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. an organization solely devoted to raising money to support graduate nursing education.

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