In 2007 the VNA Foundation established a new scholarship endowment fund of $100,000. The scholarship honors one of the founding directors of the VNA Foundation, Rear Admiral Alene B. Duerk, the first female Admiral in the US Navy.
Scholarships are being offered in partnership with The University of Central Florida.
Joyce D. Henkler, Asst. Vice President for Major Gifts at UCF, stated in a letter to the Foundation, "I am delighted the officers of the VNA Foundation are partnering with the new College of Nursing in providing ongoing scholarship support for select students excelling in the nursing program. The Rear Admiral Alene Duerk VNA Endowed Scholarship will serve as a source of financial assistance to worthy students in the present and the future."
During the past fifteen years, through December 31 , 2021, the Foundation through the establishment of the endowed fund and its earnings with supplemental direct funding from the Foundation, has been responsible for the awarding of 88 scholarships totalling over $100,000.