About the Foundation
The mission of the National Education Fund, Inc. is to:
provide scholarship aid to students with financial need from all backgrounds, and
to conduct educational programs, workshops, symposiums, and forums that enhances quality of life.
The Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority National Education Fund, Inc. (NEF) is an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for students. Through scholarship aid, educational programs, fellowships, grants, and other assistance, the Fund encourages the pursuit of education in institutions of higher learning, while also providing opportunities for leadership development, community involvement, and greater civic/social collaboration.
NEF was incorporated in 1984 as a public non-profit scholarship mechanism for Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Since its inception, it has expanded to:
Ensure perpetual support for the Sorority's commitment to education;
Encourage among its members, affiliates, and the community the continuation of education in institutions of higher learning;
Promote and engage in studies and research dealing with education and related matters; and
Cooperate with other individuals, organizations, or foundations whose purpose and activities are similar to those of the Fund.
Today, NEF remains a strong philanthropic program dedicated to meeting the needs of deserving students. To date, NEF has:
Awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships
Awarded scholarships to more than 600 students
Provided approximately $200,000 in grants to implement programs within NEF
NEF and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. receive annual donations from members and friends. The proceeds support the scholarship programs that provide traditional scholarships, mini-grants, fellowships, educational stipends, educational travel grants, and other assistance.
For more information about Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., please visit www.sgrho1922.org.
2020-2024 NEF Board of Trustees
Karen Y. Williams, MLIS
Juanita S. Love, M.S.
Nadine Nolen Dillanado, M.A.
Vice-President & Board Life Member
Theresa Armistead, B.S.
Treasurer & Fund Fellow
Georgia L. Johnson, M.Ed.
Tamesha Favors, M.A.,
Secretary & Southeastern Region Trustee
Evelyn H. Hood, M.A.
Founder & CEO Emerita
Board Life Member
Annie L. Brown, Ed.D.
Board life Member
Lora J. Vann, Ed.D.
Board Life Member
Jimmie C. Jackson, Ph.D.
Katie K. White, Ph.D.
Patricia Daniels, Ph.D.
Central Region Trustee
Carnetta Blakley, M.A.
Northeastern Region Trustee
Tyshara Lawson, M.S.
Southwestern Region Trustee
Tadzia Dennis, Ed.D.
Western Region Trustee