OneFoundation Celebrates Annual Scholarship & Awards

June 19, 2017

OneFoundation for Niagara Health System honoured aspiring healthcare providers on Thursday, June 15, at its annual Scholarship & Awards Celebration held at Niagara Health’s St. Catharines Hospital Site.
At the event, five donor-funded scholarships will be presented to the successful 2017 award recipients, including students setting their sights on health-related post-secondary studies as well as Niagara Health staff active in continued learning in their chosen career through studies at Brock University.  On the premise that investing in knowledge pays back multi-fold, the awards provide encouragement and financial assistance for tuition, books and other necessary resources.
Dr. Laszlo & Maria Kuharik Memorial Scholarship
Since 2005, the Dr. Laszlo & Maria Kuharik Memorial Scholarship has provided a student pursuing a Doctor of Medicine degree as much as $6,000 per year for up to 4 consecutive years.  This year’s Kuharik Scholarship recipient is Malcolm Hartman, a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) grad from McMaster University
headed to the University of Toronto with plans to become a family physician and eventually become involved in health policy.  Malcolm’s mother Arlette Hartman accepted the award on her son’s behalf as he is currently in South Africa on a scholarship-funded internship geared to strengthening health systems.
Niagara Health– Welland Hospital Site Tuition Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1994 by the former Board of Trustees of the Welland County General Hospital.  The successful candidate receives $1,000 annually for up to four years to help with their post-secondary studies.  Notre Dame graduate Jordan Gallant was chosen as the 2017 recipient.  She will apply her scholarship to the pursuit of a career in Nursing, particularly the area of long-term care for which she has acquired a special fondness from her many hours of volunteer service.
Dr. Ken Hope Memorial Book Award
This $500 award is to be used for the purchase of books or other necessary resources during the first year of post-secondary education.  The award was established in 2001 by the family of the late Dr. Ken Hope who believed profoundly in supporting gifted individuals who deserved the chance to be empowered to chase their dreams.  Dr. Ken Hope’s spouse, Dr. Joanna Hope, is proud to present this year’s award to Karling Luciani, a graduate of Welland Centennial whose passion for Mental Health awareness has steered her to the field of Neuroscience with aspirations to eventually study medicine.
The Helen (Martindale) Ferguson Education Award
This $500 award was established in 2011 in Helen Ferguson’s memory by her family to support continuing education for Registered Nurses at the Greater Niagara General Site of Niagara Health.  The award is to be used to enhance a recipient’s ability to provide comprehensive, holistic, quality care to patients and their families.  Stephanie Scott, an RN at the GNG Pre-op Clinic, was selected the 2017 recipient and will use the award toward achieving a degree in Healthcare Administration with a minor in Family Supports & Community Practice.
The Joe & Anita Robertson Education Fund
Niagara-on-the-Lake philanthropists Joe and Anita Robertson generously donated $100,000 in 2012 to support healthcare excellence at Niagara Health.  Recognizing the connection between knowledge and quality care, the Robertson’s stipulated that $50,000 of their gift be used to support hospital staff members who choose to continue their education at Brock University.  Funds to cover course registration costs are available to any hospital worker who wishes to upgrade their skills.  
2017 Recipients of the Robertson Education Awards include:  Bob Bond, Kim Bowen, Julie Campbell, Rita DAloisio, Nancy Dillon, Breann Hadley, Teri Haeni, Amanda Hansen, Martin Kelertas, Charlene Kenna, Kelly Kimberley, and Michelle Novarro.
OneFoundation salutes all award recipients and warmly thanks all of the generous donors who make the awards possible.

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