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2016 Scholarship and Bursary recipients


The CHS would like to acknowledge Pfizer 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 2016 the CHS was pleased to award $5,000 scholarships / bursaries to four outstanding applicants. Of these awards, three were offered by Pfizer and one by CANHC.


ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

Eric Keilback
Winnipeg, Manitoba

I was born with severe hemophilia A and developed an inhibitor soon after my diagnosis. At a young age, I wasn’t able to participate in many activities due to bleeding into my left knee joint. I attended many CHS education sessions in Winnipeg and CHS Inhibitor conferences to learn about my hemophilia and inhibitor. I have enjoyed volunteering for the Manitoba Chapter at fundraising and education events. I feel very lucky to have grown up with the support of my family, the CHS family and a circle of close friends.

At the age of 14, I was able to eradicate the inhibitor. This marked a turning point in my life, as I bleed less frequently now. I currently take part in a variety of activities such as competitive card games, videogames and Reach for the Top! I chose to adapt to my limitations and find different hobbies instead of dwelling on what I can’t do.

I am incredibly grateful for the James Kreppner Memorial Scholarship. I intend to use this scholarship to study History in the Faculty of Arts and explore some biology courses at the University of Manitoba. Thank you for awarding me the scholarship.




BURSARIES

Jessica Koop
Powell River, British Columbia

I am honoured and humbled to have been chosen as this year's recipient of the CHS James Kreppner Memorial Mature Student Bursary. This generous award will assist me as I return to university as a mature student embarking on a new career in education.

I have been affected by hemophilia my whole life. My father was born a severe hemophiliac and unfortunately received tainted blood in the 1980s. Tragically, he passed away in 1993 when I was eight years old. I myself am an obligate factor VIII carrier, and although I did not have many bleeding issues as a child I did have complications with my pregnancy at the age of 30. It is not yet known whether my beautiful baby girl is also a factor VIII carrier.

The CHS James Kreppner Memorial Mature Bursary Program significantly lightens my financial burden. I can now focus on the most important aspect of school, learning. Hard work, dedication and effort are things I wish to continue to model for my daughter. I look forward to successfully completing my Masters of Education in Educational Leadership at Vancouver Island University. After graduation I plan to move from my role as classroom teacher into administration.

My heartfelt thanks to the Canadian Hemophilia Society for selecting me as the recipient of the CHS James Kreppner Memorial Mature Bursary.




Julia Lepera
Tecumseh, Ontario

I am the daughter of Michelle, a carrier of hemophilia A as well as the sister of Johnny, who has severe hemophilia A. I have always been directly involved with my brother’s health care. The biggest impact the Hemophilia Society has had in my life is through SWOR’s Pinecrest Adventures Camp. I have attended this camp every year since 2002 and it has provided me with lifelong friendships as well as many leadership skills. All of these things have made me a strong, caring and independent individual.

I have just completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in Visual Arts and I will be attending the University of Windsor’s Bachelor of Education program this fall. I intend to teach all age groups from kindergarten to grade 12, specializing in Visual Arts and Social Sciences. My family, especially my parents, have been incredibly supportive throughout my entire life and I cannot thank them enough for always pushing me to do my best.

I am extremely honoured to receive the James Kreppner Memorial Bursary and I will continue to be an active volunteer who strives to make a positive impact in the Canadian Hemophilia Society.




Stefan Lubinski
Toronto, Ontario

I was diagnosed with hemophilia at the age of five years old and this changed the way I live my life. Before I could self-infuse factor, I had to depend on my family. My mother and father made sure I had what I needed to live a normal life. My mother learned to infuse me so that I wouldn’t have to go to the hospital every few days. Over time my father even learned how to infuse me because he wanted to make sure I would be safe in case of an emergency.

My parents have always motivated me to achieve higher, to dream big. They would like to provide me with a good post-secondary education.  When deciding a career I wanted to pursue, hemophilia had a big impact on my decision. I felt I could better relate, teach and guide young children, because of my childhood. My maturity level feels higher due to bleeding disorder experience. I am the oldest of four and babysitting for my six-year-old sister pushed me towards being a camp counselor at YMCA Wanakita, as well as other camps that involved interaction with children. These experiences influenced me to enrol in concurrent education for primary school teaching at the University of Windsor. Being chosen as a recipient of a CHS James Kreppner Memorial Bursary is a great honour.





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