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2024 Gala Reception

NEF - Gala Reception, May 15, 2024: A Night to Remember

NEF honored Dr. Susan Bowar-Ferres and the establishment of the Susan Bowar-Ferres Scholarship Fund, on May 15, 2024 - the first scholarship devoted to Nursing Leadership in the Magnet Recognition Program. The event took place at the New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, Griffis Faculty Club and was attended by NEF Board members, nurse leaders, deans of nursing colleges and schools, health care leaders, NEF Scholars, health care finance and technology representatives, and friends of nursing from the metropolitan area and beyond.

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Susan Bowar-Ferres Scholarship Fund

Susan Bowar-Ferres

Susan Bowar-Ferres Scholarship Fund

Created in 2023, the Susan Bowar-Ferres Scholarship is devoted to nursing leadership in the Magnet Recognition Program which recognizes health-care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high quality nursing.

The scholarship is given to a Master’s or Doctoral student demonstrating leadership in aspiring to achieve or continuing to achieve Magnet designation, such as being a Magnet Program Director/Coordinator read more.
2023-2024 J&J/NEF Recipients

Johnson & Johnson and NEF Partnership

The Johnson & Johnson and Edwidge Thomas Health Equity Scholarship

NEF Vice President, Edwidge Thomas, facilitated the creation of a Johnson & Johnson "Our Race to Health Equity" Scholarship for Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. for a second consecutive year. The 2024-2025 Academic year scholarship was increased from $50,000 awarded to five doctoral scholars in 2023 to a $100,000 scholarship to be awarded to a total of 15 doctoral and master's nursing scholars in 2024. The name of these scholarships is "The Johnson & Johnson Edwidge Thomas Health Equity Scholarships". read more.
UN Recognizes Francine Bono-Neri

Francine Bono-Neri, PhD, RN, APRN, PNP

Francine Bono-Neri Scholarship Fund

On May 8, 2024, Dr. Francine Bono-Neri will be recognized and honored by the NURSES WITH GLOBAL IMPACT and VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at the United Nations as, "the extraordinary nurse who is making a huge impact".

NEF congratulates Francine for this remarkable honor and for her tireless efforts dedicated to the prevention of Human Trafficking.

Francine and NEF have established the Francine Bono-Neri Scholarship Fund to support graduate nurses who are specializing their studies in the prevention of Human Trafficking. As an experienced pediatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Bono-Neri's passion for the global reach of human trafficking inspired her to co-found and serve as president of Nurses United Against Human Trafficking. read more.

Brittney Sullivan, 2016-2017 NEF Scholar

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Our Mission & Vision Statement

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Mission & Vision Statement Of The Nurses Educational Funds, Inc.


To promote leadership and health equity through scholarship support for professional nurses seeking master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing education, practice, service and research.


To be a national leader in providing scholarships to nurses that benefit nursing, health care and the global community.