Lienhard School of Nursing students receive an annual national scholarship

This summer, Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. (NEF) awarded a total of 32 graduate nursing scholarships to nurses attending 21 different graduate nursing programs across the United States.

Two graduate students from Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing (LSN), Audrey Arcari and Meredith Sheeha, have been awarded NEF scholarships for 2022-2023.


Audrey Arcari

Audrey is currently enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program at Pace’s College of Health Professions, where she also completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Throughout the pandemic, Audrey has noticed the high use of emergency departments for primary care as well as health disparities in the LGBTQIA community. She decided to enroll in an FNP program to be a primary care champion and promote competent care for people with disabilities.

Audrey is also a Certified Emergency Nurse and encourages excellence in her field by preparing nurses for new roles. She became a sexual assault medical examiner to learn more about the process of treating victims in the hospital and to advocate for people who have suffered emotional and physical trauma. Because positivity and caring are two of her most important values, she started a peer cry committee in its workplace to provide emergency department employees with individual recognition by their peers for their outstanding performance in patient care.

Meredith is also in the FNP program at Pace. She has worked as a hospital oncology nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering and as a home nurse for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York City, helping chronically ill and recently hospitalized patients manage their health at home. She has also volunteered for the Friends of Nurse Family Partnership, an organization that provides home care to low-income, first-time mothers. Particularly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, this work helped paint a more complete picture of the healthcare system for Meredith and confirmed her desire to work in primary care.

As a nurse practitioner, Meredith hopes to continue the positive experiences she has had during her undergraduate, graduate and professional studies through clinical and laboratory teaching. She is grateful to all the preceptors, educators, colleagues and nursing leaders who have helped her in her career thus far and is especially grateful to the Nurses Education Fund for making her goal of becoming a family nurse practitioner feasible.

Nurses Education Fund, Inc., (NEF) is one of the largest sources of professionally approved nonprofit scholarships for masters and doctoral nursing studies in the United States. It depends solely on donations to further its mission of promoting leadership through scholarship. This is made for professional nurses seeking a master’s and doctoral degree in nursing education, practice, research, administration, and health policy.

The need for nurse leaders in the United States is more critical than ever. NEF-funded scholars have become outstanding professors and deans of schools of nursing, renowned researchers, and expert administrators – all leading change in every field across the country and around the world. Since the NEF’s inception in 1912, more than 1,300 nurses across the United States have received NEF scholarships.

You can read the full biographies of the 32 scholarship recipients for the 2022-2023 academic year on the NEF website.

The annual online application process for the NEF Scholarships opens October 1, 2022 and closes February 1, 2023. If you are interested in applying for a Postgraduate Nursing Scholarship, please visit the NEF Website Application Page. All the eligibility conditions for receiving a scholarship are published there.

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