Scholars in the News

Nurses Educational Funds Celebrated the 2023-2024 NEF Scholars In A Zoom Event on October 17, 2023

All forty two (42) NEF Scholars for 2023 were honored in October by NEF. Over 135 people were in attendance to hear each NEF Scholar briefly tell about their exceptional graduate studies and achievements. The audience included members of the NEF Boar... read more.

Sunoz "Sunny" Soroosh, RN, MPH

Nurse-Midwifery Student Frontier Nursing University
NEF Scholar: 2019-2020

I am a Registered Nurse and Nurse-Midwfery/ Nurse Practitioner student living in New York City. I am a student at Frontier Nursing University. In mid-March, I was told by the hospital where I was assigned for my clinical rotations in the Bronx, were... read more.
On the frontline during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Brennan Parmelee Streck, PhD, (C), RN, CNE

NEF Scholar: 2019-2020

I am still working as a Stem Cell Transplant Coordinator while wrapping up my last few weeks of my PhD in Nursing. It has been challenging to generate new workflows/processes and novel problem-solving while our "normal" is disrupted. The hospital I'm... read more.
On the frontline during the COVID-19 Pandemic


Clinical Nurse Specialist | Primary Care | Mayo, Clinic Assistant Professor of Nursing | Mayo Clinic, College of Medicine and Science
NEF Scholar 2017-2018

As a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Primary Care at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, I have been actively involved in planning and executing some of the front-line efforts regarding COVID-19. The first project I was involved with was setting up a drive-th... read more.
On the frontline during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Calli Cook, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Co-Chair Neurology Speciality Practice Group, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
NEF Scholar, 2018-2019

Thank you for the opportunity to share my story during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected healthcare delivery in many ways, and, for many advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), face-to-face care has been restricted to ess... read more.
On the frontline during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Peggy Ann Berry, PhD,RN,COHN-S,CLE,PLNC

Thrive At Life: Working Solutions
NEF Scholar 2011-2012

I am not on the front lines with COVID-19 nor can I render direct patient care. Unfortunately, I have an autoimmune disorder. This has not stopped me from lending my voice In educating the community and nurses. I have provided community education for... read more.
On the frontline during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lisa Woodley, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, CHPN

Clinical Assistant Professor, UNC School of Nursing
NEF Scholar: 2018-2019

Life has been hectic lately, as I, along with my colleagues at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill work to finish up a class of senior nursing students and get them ready to launch. We will be graduating over 180 baccalaureate-prepared nu... read more.
On the frontline during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Colleen E. McGauley FNP-BC, MSN, RN, BSN

Mass General Hospital for Children
NEF Scholar: 2018-2019

COVID 19 is certainly dominating hospital resources but providers are now faced with the challenges of caring for our adult and pediatric patients (who do not have COVID 19) in the setting of a global pandemic. It is through these times that the adap... read more.
On the frontline during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jasmine Perkins,MSN, RN, CMSRN

Recipient of the Estelle Massey Osborne Scholarship
NEF Scholar: 2019-2020

It all began with a runny nose and my eyes hurt. Felt like they were being pierced. Allergies? But, I've never had allergies. My throat felt as if I had swallowed a jolly rancher and it got stuck. I’d inhale deeply, but it wasn't enough. I checked my... read more.
On the frontline during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Loralie Woods, PhD, RN

NEF Scholar: 2019-2020

I hope that you and members of your team are well and safe. These are certainly different times. My family and I are well. I am the Director of Inpatient Operations at my hospital. Since the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis, I have been serving as the I... read more.
On the frontline during the COVID-19 Pandemic


Stony Brook University (SUNY at Stony Brook)

I am doing very well in my advancing I thank you NEF for paving the way! I am currently Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University School of Nursing where I was appointed as Director of Pediatric Research, and as Director of the Doctor... read more.
Scholarship Winners’ Updates

Abigail Wilpers, MSN, WHNP-BC

2018-2019 NEF Scholar

Abigail Wilpers, MSN, WHNP-BC, 2018-2019 NEF Scholar, has been appointed to the Maternal-Fetal Health Postdoctoral Research Associateship at the Yale School of Medicine. This mentored training position is supported by the Department of Obstetrics, Gy... read more.
NEF Scholar Advancements

Eric Hodges, PhD, FNP-BC

Eric Hodges, a 2003-2004 NEF Doctoral Scholarship recipient of the Isabel H. Robb Memorial Scholarship has been an Associate Professor and Director of the Biobehavioral Laboratory in the School of Nursing at The University of North Carolina at Chapel... read more.
Scholarship Winners’ Updates

Doctoral Nursing Student Is The First Recipient Of The NEF Board Member, Cynthia Davis Sculco, Scholarship - Louise Fleming, MSN, RN

I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere thanks for making it possible for me to be a recipient of the Cynthia Davis Sculco Scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year at the University of North Carolima – Chapel Hill. This generous aw... read more.
Scholarship Winners’ Updates

Nancy Duffy DNP, RN, CEN, CNE

Dr. Nancy Duffy, the 2009 recipient of a Nurses’ Educational Funds Scholarship for leadership, is Professor and Director of the BSN Program at Campbell University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bradley University in Illinois, a M... read more.
Scholarship Winners’ Updates

Susan Hayes Lane PhD, MSN, RN

Dr. Susan Hayes Lane recently sent NEF her updated C. V. A summary of her activities and achievements since winning one of the 2010-2011 Nurses’ Educational Funds, Inc. Scholarship for doctoral study, follows: Since earning a PhD from University of N... read more.
Scholarship Winners’ Updates

Nancy Wise

Nancy Wise, a doctoral student at Villanova University in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania, is the first graduate nursing student to be awarded the Cynthia Davis Sculco Scholarship. Nancy's primary area of interest is the number of pregnant adolescents... read more.
Scholarship Winners’ Updates

Donna Westmoreland

The Nurses Educational Funds’ scholarship has been such a blessing. I want to first thank NEF again for your generosity. The end of 2013 finds me roughly half way through my clinical hours working toward my FNP certification with Frontier Nursing Uni... read more.
Scholarship Winners’ Updates


Ashley Henneghan

(2014-2015 Winner)

Ashley Henneghan is celebrating her second NEF scholarship win with the award of the Margaret Gould Tyson Scholarship this year. Pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Texas at Austin, Ashley intends... read more.

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