October 24, 2012, board members and friends of the Nurses Educational Funds Organization celebrated NEF’s centennial with an elegant occasion at the Griffis Faculty Club at Cornell Weill Medical College.
Board Member, Dr. Louise Fitzpatrick, who was also a Nurse Scholar recipient many years ago, paid tribute to the first 2 scholarship recipients in 1912 and traced the highlights of NEF’s growth to the current awarding of 19 Master’s and Doctoral scholarships in 2012. Lovely Thelma Schorr, the editor of the American Journal of Nursing for decades, shared comments about housing and supporting NEF on West 57th in the Journal offices for years. Dr. Cynthia Sculco, NEF Vice President, spoke about the importance of giving, as nurses, as professionals, and as people who need to support each other. The best part of all was that we raised more than $30,000 for future scholars with this event.
With over 50 in attendance, old friends and colleagues hugged and greeted each other, and new colleagues and board members had the opportunity to meet those nurse scholars they had only known by name.
As your President, I see the centennial celebration as symbolizing the promise and energy for a great year ahead and renewed support for NEF’s commitment to significantly promote graduate nursing scholarship. We thank all of those who have donated and who came to enjoy the celebration.
NEF’s only purpose is to provide nursing scholarship assistance to make graduate level nursing education possible. NEF is the largest, single, private, professionally endorsed source of funds for advanced nursing study with over one hundred years of service to and for professional nursing.
NEF’s Board of Directors is comprised of leaders from nursing, education, technology, and business communities. Members donate their time and talent to the advancement of the nursing profession. NEF operates with exceptionally low overhead. NEF employs only one individual who serves in several capacities. NEF is a non-profit organization with 501(c) status; thus, your contributions are fully tax-deductible.