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2017 Scholarship and Bursary recipients


The CHS would like to acknowledge Pfizer, Bayer and the Canadian Association of Nurses in Hemophilia Care (CANHC) for their generous support of the CHS James Kreppner Memorial Scholarship and Bursary Program. In 2017 the CHS was pleased to award $5,000 scholarships / bursaries to four outstanding applicants. Of these awards, two were offered by Pfizer, one by Bayer and one by CANHC.


ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

ZACHARY ADAMS
Pickering, Ontario


At the age of six, I was diagnosed with moderate hemophilia A. This late diagnosis presented a unique challenge as I was required to mature quickly; learning how to set appropriate limits for myself, diagnose bleeding and gain a strong understanding of my own body. Unfortunately, I often ignored my condition around friends and avoided participating in events within the hemophilia community because I did not want to be seen as different than my “normal” classmates.

Thankfully, in 2011, I stepped outside of my comfort zone by participating in my first Just the Guys weekend, organized by Hemophilia Ontario. Since then, I have been involved as a volunteer regionally, provincially and nationally, as chair of the Toronto and Central Ontario Regional Council, director at Pinecrest Adventure Camp, board member with Hemophilia Ontario, and currently as co-chair on the CHS National Youth Committee.

This fall, I will be returning for my second year of medical school at the University of Ottawa. I am truly grateful and honoured to have been chosen as a recipient of the CHS James Kreppner Memorial Scholarship this year and will continue to work diligently both academically and within the CHS. Thank you to all those involved in making this scholarship possible!



CYRIL BOULILA
Montreal, Quebec


The Quebec Chapter of the CHS (CHSQ) has always inspired me not to be defined by my illness and to prove that a person with severe hemophilia can accomplish many things. Inspired by the optimism and accepting nature of the many hemophiliacs I met through the CHSQ, I have risen to the challenges of my condition.

Being a person with severe hemophilia has not prevented me from winning a provincial prize as a solo saxophonist, being on the Deans’ list in high school and CEGEP, completing a Master's degree in physiotherapy at the Université de Montréal and being awarded a research grant for my excellent academic record from the comité d'organisation du programme des stages d'été (COPSÉ), the Committee for the Université de Montréal Summer Internship Program.

Today, I am embarking on a new challenge with the support of the James Kreppner Memorial Scholarship: medical studies at McGill University with the goal of eventually becoming a hematologist and helping to advance the cause of hemophilia.

I am very honoured to receive this scholarship supporting me in my endeavours. Again, thank you to the CHS.




BURSARIES

SARA BUCHANAN
Salisbury, New Brunswick


I am greatly appreciative of receiving the CHS James Kreppner Memorial Bursary. This bursary will aid me in my new journey to study Culinary Arts and Pastries at Holland College’s Culinary Institute of Canada.

I am a carrier of mild hemophilia A. My father Brent, found out he had mild hemophilia when he was 29 years old. I started getting curious about his condition after years of hearing stories of my father going through fasciotomies and learning to walk again, and leaving the military to go into the public service sector. Until his diagnosis, hemophilia affected him and he didn't even know he had it. It made me wonder if there were others like him. So that's when I started going to the CHS Maritimes Camp and educate myself more on the topic as well as helping others like my father and me. I started to go to camp when I was about nine years old and have been going ever since. I am now a proud camp counsellor and camp decorator.

This bursary will help me move towards my goals in life. I am so grateful and forever honoured to have been chosen for this award.



LUKE CHASSE
Port Perry, Ontario


When asked about living with hemophilia, I always tell people it is a blessing. I was diagnosed with hemophilia when I was born and I do not know who I would be without this disorder. Some of the opportunities hemophilia has given me are a community, a camp and a story. Being part of the hemophilia community has allowed me to learn about, and talk to people about my hemophilia. I have met many close friends through the hemophilia community at events such as Hemophilia Ontario Youth (HOY), and Just the Guys weekend. Another opportunity was camp. Camp Wanakita has perhaps been the greatest gift in my life. I have learned many life skills at camp, including how to self-infuse. I always recommend camp to younger children because I realize how much I benefited from it. Finally, hemophilia gave me a story. I feel that my hemophilia gives me a sense of belonging, and identity, and has helped me to relate and offer understanding within the wider community as well.

My experience with hemophilia has influenced me to pursue pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of Guelph, as I am intrigued by how medicine works, and wish to help other people dealing with illness, in the hopes of optimizing their quality of life, just as the scientific advances in factor have helped optimize mine.

I am so honoured to be the recipient of the CHS James Kreppner Memorial Bursary, and will continue to participate and volunteer within the Canadian Hemophilia Society.


CHS James Kreppner Memorial Scholarship and Bursary Program

In an effort to bring young volunteers into the CHS, and in recognition that a sound education is of utmost importance (particularly for those who might not be able to succeed in a vocation requiring strenuous physical labour), the CHS offers the opportunity for those who qualify to receive a scholarship or bursary in the amount of $5,000 to attend a post-secondary institution of their choice.

To honour James Kreppner’s memory, the Canadian Hemophilia Society (CHS) Scholarship and Bursary Program has been renamed the CHS James Kreppner Memorial Scholarship and Bursary Program. James was a lawyer and long-time volunteer and member of the CHS Board of Directors and a highly respected, articulate and exemplary activist who passed away in 2009 due to HIV and hepatitis C-related complications. The CHS James Kreppner Memorial Scholarship and Bursary Program is an on-going tribute to honour James’ dedication, intelligence and commitment to the CHS and community service.



General information on scholarships and bursaries

 The CHS awards scholarship/bursaries in the amount of $5,000.  The award categories are as follows:

  • scholarship (based on academic merit)
  • bursary (based on financial need)
  • mature student bursary (for applicants 30 years of age and over)


Please note that the mature student bursary is for students returning to or beginning a course of studies at any post secondary or vocational institution.

The program is open to Canadians with hemophilia (factor VIII or IX) or another inherited bleeding disorder (such as von Willebrand disease, a rare factor deficiency or platelet function disorder), carriers, and those who contracted HIV through a blood transfusion. Spouses and children of the above mentioned people may also apply. Those who have received a CHS Scholarship or Bursary are not eligible to reapply for continued support.

Specific criteria and applications for each program have been included. Section I includes information for the scholarship and bursary programs and Section II includes information for the mature student bursary program.

All applicants will be reviewed by a committee of academics and lay persons whose decisions shall be final.

Information and additional application forms can be obtained from the CHS National Office (Toll-free at 1-800-668-2686 or e-mail at chs@hemophilia.ca), chapters and hemophilia clinics.

The deadline for submission of completed applications and supporting documents is April 30 of any given year. All applications and supporting documents (except for transcripts of final grade twelve or thirteen marks) should be submitted to:

Canadian Hemophilia Society
Scholarship and Bursary Program
301-666 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec  H3A 1E7

Criteria for scholarships and bursaries

General Criteria for Scholarships and Bursaries
1. Applicants must possess academic standards sufficient to allow admission into the post-secondary educational institution and program to which the scholarship or bursary would be applied.

2. Applicants must provide three (3) letters of reference with their application, none of which may be from a relative. Such letters should attest to the abilities and suitability of the candidate for the Program being applied for as well as act as a character reference for the candidate. Suitable referees might be a principal, teacher, coach, employer or clergyman. One of the letters should be related to the candidate's community service.

3. The applicant must provide, with the application, the signed Proof of Eligibility Form from his/her physician or some medical authority confirming his/her medical status (or that of his/her spouse or parent) regarding eligibility to this program.

4. A demonstration of experience in community service at the volunteer level and some leadership qualities. Such experience should be indicated on the application form. As one of the goals of the CHS Scholarship and Bursary Program is to develop volunteers for the organization, particular attention will be paid to applicants whose community service includes volunteering for CHS at the national, chapter or regional levels.

5. The presentation of clear, logical thinking and adequate writing skills demonstrated in an essay of 500 words on the impact that the bleeding disorder, or HIV contracted through the blood supply, has had on the applicant's life. The essay should be type-written and submitted with the application for a scholarship.


Specific Criteria for Scholarships
As scholarships are awarded for academic merit and are generally recognized as such in both the academic and business communities, the successful applicant for the Canadian Hemophilia Society scholarship must meet the following criteria:

1. Superior academic achievement, that being an average of at least 80%, or a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, upon graduation from secondary school. Transcripts of grades must accompany the application.


Specific Criteria for Bursaries
Recognizing that not all prospective students show outstanding academic achievement in secondary school, and acknowledging the fact that some students find it extremely difficult to afford a post-secondary education, the Canadian Hemophilia Society offers a non-academic bursary to those who meet the following criteria:

1. A demonstration of financial need: the applicants must submit a detailed budget showing their sources of income and their projected expenses for a year of study at the institution of their choice. It is expected that the applicants will provide some monies toward their education.

Purpose of the Mature Student Bursary program

Recent changes in economic realities have made many Canadians seriously look at new careers. While one could once look forward to a lifelong career in one occupation, now several different and quite distinct jobs might be one’s expectation. In addition, many persons with hemophilia or their spouses have had to leave their field of employment because of illness caused by either HIV, Hepatitis C (HCV), or the stress simply associated with living in a home that has been affected by the trauma of disease. But these changes often mean that further education is desirable or essential. With that in mind, the CHS has established a mature student bursary for those students returning to or beginning a course of studies at any post-secondary institution.

Specific Criteria for Mature Student Bursary

1. A demonstration of financial need: the applicants must submit a detailed budget showing their sources of income and their projected expenses for a year of study at the institution of their choice. It is expected that the applicants will provide some monies toward their education.

2. Proof of age. The applicant must be at least 30 years of age in order to qualify for the mature student bursary.

3. A statement of intent. The applicant must supply a document (a short essay will do) that details what his or her past employment has been, what the proposed career change will offer, and a personal assessment of how the new career will affect the applicant’s lifestyle.

4. Applicants must provide two (2) letters of reference with their application, none of which may be from a relative. Such letters should attest to the abilities and suitability of the candidate for the Program being applied for as well as act as a character reference for the candidate. Suitable referees might be a principal, teacher, coach, employer or clergyman.

5. The applicant must provide, with the application, the signed Proof of Eligibility Form from his/her physician or some medical authority confirming his/her medical status (or that of his/her spouse or parent) regarding eligibility to this program.

APPLICATION FORMS