Eligibility

Nurses Educational Funds, Inc

The criteria given the most consideration when selecting candidates are:

  • Academic excellence, and
  • Potential for contributing to the profession.

To qualify for an NEF award, you must be:

  • A registered nurse;
  • A member of a national professional nursing association;
  • Enrolled full- or part-time in an accredited* graduate nursing master’s degree program ∆, having completed a minimum of 12 graded credits (at the time of application) with a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher
  • Enrolled full- or part-time in a doctoral program in nursing ∆ , having completed a minimum of 12 graded credits (at the time of application) with a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher;
  • An applicant must provide proof of current citizenship or legal residency status, such as: United States Passport (biographic page), Birth Certificate, Naturalization Certificate from the USCIS, Permanent Resident (Green) Card.

NEF scholarships are given for a full academic year and are non-renewable. Completed applications, including all support material must be received online no later than February 1. If all materials are not submitted by this date, your entire application will be declared ineligible.

Please see the "How to Apply" section for more specific information.

NEF scholarships are competitive. The number of awards and the amount of each depend upon available funds.

NURSES EDUCATIONAL FUNDS, INC. IS AN INDEPENDENT, NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT GRANTS SCHOLARSHIPS TO REGISTERED NURSES BY RAISING CONTRIBUTIONS FROM CORPORATIONS, FOUNDATIONS, ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS, HEALTHCARE INSTITUTIONS, NURSES, AND INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE ADVANCEMENT OF NURSING.

* Accredited Graduate Nursing Programs including but not limited to master's or DNP nursing programs, are those nursing programs that are accredited by the following:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCC), New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), or other recognized American Nursing College or School of Nursing Accrediting bodies.

∆ A Graduate Nursing Program is defined here as:
A (master’s or doctorate) nursing program in a Department/School/College/University of Nursing that grants graduate nursing degrees.

If the applicant is enrolled in a dual degree program, one of the dual degrees must be in graduate (master’s or doctorate) nursing, granted by a nursing department/school/college/university.