A permanent NEF Scholarship is a wonderful way 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 a significant other.
  • Establish an ongoing alumni scholarship from a particular nursing educational program, especially if the program is now closed or is facing closure. A permanent scholarship creates a lasting scholarship in the name of that school or its alumni association; additionally, it creates a type of perpetuity for the program itself. Think about keeping your school's name alive by asking your alumni association to consider a permanent scholarship in their name or the school’s name.
    A permanent scholarship requires an overall donation of $50,000 that is tax-deductible and is available to any one individual or group wishing to create such a scholarship.

The scholarship can be established with a one-time donation to NEF of $50,000, or it can be created over time as long as donations are so designated and contributed on a regular basis until the requirement is met. Continued contributions are certainly encouraged in order to provide a solid base for the fund and to guarantee its growth and perpetuity. Over time, the principle remains carefully invested and the interest dividend(s) provides the scholarship monies to the selected individuals.

For questions, please contact: Jerelyn Weiss, Executive Director, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Jade Chatman

(2020-2021 Winner)

Jade Montanez Chatman is the proud recipient of the Laura D. Smith National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) Scholarship. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Louisville School of Nursing (UL... read more.

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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.