Unprecedented Times

Nursing care and nursing leadership has rarely been so tested as it is now with the COVID-19 Pandemic. The course of all of our lives is being fundamentally altered in these unprecedented times.

We are inspired by the dedicated and dangerous work of all health care professionals on the frontlines. Three of the Board of Directors of Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. are working in leadership capacities in three of the major healthcare institutions in the New York Metropolitan area dealing with the day-to- day challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The virtual office of NEF is open and this year's NEF Scholars biographies and photos are posted under 2020-2021 Scholars. Please view the experiences and academic goals of these exceptional individuals, the 2020-2021 NEF Scholars.

The core of NEF’s mission is to promote nursing leadership by awarding scholarships to support nurses studying in graduate nursing programs throughout the United States and we intend to honor that mission now as we have for the past 108 years.


Margaret L. McClure, EdD, RN, FAAN
To Be Honored by
Nurses Educational Funds, Inc.
at the Fall 2020 Reception

Dr. Margaret “Maggie” McClure will be honored by NEF on November 4, 2020, for her distinguished career and for the establishment of the Margaret L. McClure Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is dedicated to nurses in graduate nursing programs, specializing in education, administration, and /or health care policy.

Margaret L. McClure, EdD, RN, FAAN has served Nurses Educational Funds (NEF) as a board member, officer and now emeritus member upon her retirement. She concluded her full-time career at the New York University Medical Center, where, through the course of two decades, she served as the executive director of nursing and administrator for hospital and institutional affairs and as vice president for hospital operations. She also served in the United States Army Nurse Corps Reserve and retired with the rank of colonel.

Among her many accomplishments, Dr. McClure led the team that conducted the original research study responsible for the Magnet Hospital program under the auspices of the American Academy of Nursing. In 2007, the American Academy of Nursing bestowed on Dr. McClure its highest honor, naming her a Living Legend. Throughout her career as a national nursing leader, Dr. McClure has stressed the significance of preparing nurse leaders for academic, research, administration, and health care policy roles.

To donate to the Margaret L. McClure Scholarship:

Click here: https://www.n-e-f.org/donate.html and follow the prompts to make a donation. Please indicate in the “message” section that your donation is for the:

Margaret L. McClure Scholarship

A check may be made out to NEF and mailed to:
NEF, 137 Montague Street, Ste. 144, Brooklyn NY 11201

For more information contact:
Jerelyn Weiss, Executive Director,
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NEF Celebrates 2020
“The Year of the Nurse”

The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in honor of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. Nurses Educational Funds (NEF) is recognizing this celebration by featuring extraordinary nurse leaders associated with NEF on our website. For August and September 2020, Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. honors, one of our NEF Board members, the late Mary Elizabeth Carnegie.


Champion of the cause of African American nurses, and longtime member of the Nurses Educational Funds, Inc., Dr. Carnegie contributed to the M. Elizabeth Carnegie African American Scholarship fund each year with other donors. Former recipients of this annual scholarship often gave to this fund. On her death (2008) at the age of 91, Dr. Carnegie left $125,172.06 to NEF to be used explicitly for "black nurses enrolled in doctoral programs in memory of Dr. M. Elizabeth Carnegie." Throughout her career Dr. Carnegie graciously served as a mentor to generations of African American nurse leaders. As noted in the obituary written by the American Association for the History of Nursing, Mary Elizabeth Carnegie initiated the baccalaureate nursing program at Hampton University, where the archives are named in her honor. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 1976, serving that group as president from 1978-1979. Dr. Carnegie was named a Living Legend of the Academy of Nursing, the highest honor the profession offers, in 1994. She chaired the American Nurses’ Association’s Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Committee from 1988 to 1999, and was dean and professor of the school of nursing at Florida A&M University from 1945 to 1953. She was the author of three editions of The Path We Tread: Blacks in Nursing Worldwide, 1854-1994, spent the years from 1953-1978 on the editorial staff of The American Journal of Nursing, was a senior editor of Nursing Outlook, as well as the first editor of Nursing Research. She is credited with writing 85 articles including editorials in 30 journals, chapters and forwards to 20 books.

During the thirty years after her retirement in 1978, Dr. Carnegie served as an independent consultant and as distinguished visiting professor for the schools of nursing at Hampton University, the University of North Carolina, Pennsylvania State University, Indiana University, University of Massachusetts, University of Michigan, and Virginia Commonwealth University. She also occupied endowed chairs at Adelphi University in New York and Memphis State University in Tennessee.

Among awards she received are the Agnes Dillon Randolph Award from the Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry at the University of Virginia, the George Arents Pioneer Medal from Syracuse University, the President’s Award from Sigma Theta Tau international, and the Living Legend Award from the Association of Black Nursing Faculty in Higher Education. She was inducted into the American Nurses Hall of Fame in 2000, and received honorary doctorates from at least eight colleges and universities.

Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. celebrates the life and work of Mary Elizabeth Carnegie by annually awarding the M. Elizabeth Carnegie African American Scholarship.

The 2020-2021 recipient of the M. Elizabeth Carnegie Scholarship is Wayne Quashie, an EdD student at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, New York, New York.

Please read about all of the 2020-2021 NEF Scholars under “Scholars” in the menu above.

NEF’s sole mission is to raise money for scholarships in graduate nursing education, advanced clinical practice, research, and administration.

In this Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, we hope you will consider making a gift of any amount to NEF to support future nurse leaders.

A permanent named scholarship may be created through NEF to recognize or perpetuate the memory of a loved one (living or deceased), a nursing leader, a community leader, a special friend, a family member, or significant other.

Please make the support of nurse leaders your priority for 2020. Nurses can transform lives.

Click on the red DONATE icon above and follow the prompts to make a donation online.

A check may be made out to NEF and mailed to:
NEF, 137 Montague Street, Ste. 144, Brooklyn NY 11201

For more information contact Jerelyn Weiss, Executive Director, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: (917) 524-8051