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2013 Scholarship and Bursary recipients


The CHS would like to acknowledge Pfizer for their generous support of the CHS James Kreppner Memorial Scholarship and Bursary Program.  In 2013 the CHS was pleased to award $5,000 scholarships / bursaries to four outstanding applicants.


ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP


Ela Hefler
Toronto, Ontario

I completed my first three years of high school at Monarch Park Collegiate in Toronto, before being awarded a full scholarship to study at UWC Pearson College, an international boarding school in Victoria B.C. focused on peace and sustainability. Now, having graduated with an International Baccalaureate Diploma, I will be headed to Davidson College in North Carolina where I plan to major in political science.

It was my mother, a marathon running, canoe enthusiast with Type 3 von Willebrand disease (VWD), who showed me that my bleeding disorder, Type 1 VWD, should not stop me from doing the things I am interested in, be that playing sports or serving on the Board of Directors of an international youth-focused non-governmental organization. I am also extremely grateful to have the support of the Canadian Hemophilia Society and to be a recipient of a James Kreppner Memorial Scholarship, which will help me continue to pursue my passions of education and international development.




Luke Sadler

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Growing up in a family with bleeding disorders profoundly influenced the person I’ve become. I have Type 1 von Willebrand disease and my older brother has Type 3. As a result, compassion and a nurturing environment were central components of the way our family related to each other. This has served me well in my work with young children and in my professional and academic endeavours which have centred around community service and caregiving. There were many challenges, but growing up the way we did has shaped me into the person I am today, and that’s something I’m thankful for.

I completed a diploma in Early Childhood Education at Red River College, and have transferred to the University of Victoria to complete my undergraduate degree. I am hoping to do my practicum working with children in Rwanda. I genuinely look forward to using my gifts and education to enrich the lives of those in need.


BURSARY


Emileigh Van Dusen
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia

I am the daughter of the late Neil Van Dusen who was a severe hemophiliac and unfortunately also a tainted blood victim. My father along with two of my uncles, Eric Van Dusen and most recently Brian Van Dusen, also lost their lives due to receiving tainted blood through no fault of their own. I myself am considered to be a symptomatic carrier of hemophilia B.

I am currently entering my fourth year of study at St. Francis Xavier University where I am majoring in the field of psychology. For as long as I can remember my family and I have been involved with the Hemophilia Society and we are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing and strong community.

My ultimate goal after this year is to continue to attend university and hopefully become a social worker helping others with their personal/social issues and circumstances. I believe my own experiences with hemophilia and the great losses that my family and I have endured due to the tainted blood tragedy, have given me the abilities and strengths needed to become an exceptional social worker and to ultimately assist in creating a bright and healthy future for our very own hemophilia community. Thank you so much for granting me this award and helping make this dream a reality.


MATURE STUDENT BURSARY


Christopher Aull
Victoria, British Columbia

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Victoria, but ended up doing technical support for several different local companies. I have always loved working with computers, but never seemed to have the time or money to get formal training and move beyond a basic level. With the help of this bursary, I will be pursuing advanced industry certifications through the Computer Network Electronics Technician program at Camosun College this fall.

I was born in the early 1980's with severe hemophilia A, at a time when better treatments were becoming available. As a result, I spent many weeks of my childhood in bed or on a couch recovering from bleeds. But, throughout my life, the people of the CHS have been there whenever I or my family needed their support. I would especially like to thank the staff of the hemophilia clinic at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver for all their help and encouragement in achieving my goals.


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
400-1255 University Street
Montreal, Quebec  H3B 3B6

Criteria for scholarhips 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