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2014 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 2014 the CHS was pleased to award $5,000 scholarships / bursaries to four outstanding applicants.


ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Jae Won Hur
Regina, Saskatchewan

I was diagnosed with severe hemophilia A at the age of three months. In 2005 my family immigrated to Canada. Since then, we have lived in Regina, Saskatchewan where I graduated from high school at Campbell Collegiate.

My parents are my inspiration for everything I do. Through my turbulent journey with hemophilia, they gave everything so that I could live a productive life. It was their love for me that brought us to Canada, where I was given the chance to do whatever I set out to do in my life. Furthermore, my parents went back to school to become a Water Resources Technician and a Registered Nurse - a difficult feat for mature students who knew very little English.

My parents’ dedication, compassion and perseverance are something that I attempt to translate into my life and career. Therefore, I will pursue an education in law, beginning with business at the University of Regina. I hope to become a lawyer who can make a difference in this world by making sure that justice is served in our society and by helping those who have been wronged or in need.

This scholarship has overwhelming value to my family and I will use it to work as hard as I can to achieve my goals and to make my parents proud.


Pawanpreet Nijjer
Surrey, British Columbia

This year, I graduated from L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, British Columbia. I will be continuing on to post-secondary studies next year in the Bachelor of Science program at the University of British Columbia. My goal is to pursue a career in the medical field.

Living with hemophilia B has not always been easy, but it has definitely made me into a more responsible and mature individual. There have been tough times, but I’ve always managed to get through them and find ways to overcome the difficulties presented to me. Throughout these years I’ve learned that any challenge can be overcome by being patient and optimistic. Also, now I understand that with proper care I can do anything I want.

I’m thankful to my family, doctors and everyone who has supported me throughout my life. I’m very grateful to the CHS for awarding me this scholarship; it will help me greatly in my future studies and in achieving my academic goals.



BURSARY

John Carriere
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

I'm from a small remote community in Northern Saskatchewan. Growing up I had some challenges with injuries and bleeds but was still active and participated in traditional Metis activities like canoeing, hunting and trapping.

When I was a teen, the Saskatchewan Bleeding Disorders Clinic helped me become more independent by teaching me how to self-infuse and treat injuries. Now, I enjoy an active lifestyle by regularly running, weight training and playing basketball.

In 2008 I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. I worked for a few years as a tutor, a recreation coordinator and for the government. Last spring, I challenged myself to run my first full marathon, losing over 40 lbs while training to achieve this goal. At the same time, I also decided to change my career path and will use the skills and work ethic I have developed so far when I attend the Business Information Systems program at SIAST in the fall.




MATURE STUDENT BURSARY

Amy Bullock
Kirkland Lake, Ontario

I graduated from Northern College as a Registered Veterinary Technician and worked in this field for six years before moving to retail work in order to increase my income. In 2011 I gave birth to my son and shortly thereafter became a single parent. Having to take my son, a factor IX severe hemophiliac, to the emergency department made me realize how much I missed the medical world and helping others. So, I decided to take a big step and go back to school. I am currently entering my third year of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree at Northern College.

Hemophilia has been a big part of my life, right from birth. I am a sister, grand-daughter, cousin and mother to a line of factor IX severe hemophiliacs. My brother, grandfather and cousin all received tainted blood products. Although we lost my brother, who was three years my senior, 21 years ago, I still remember him showing me that regardless of his hemophilia he was happiest being active outdoors. He showed me that you cannot let hemophilia control you. You take what comes your way and make the best of it.

Words cannot express how grateful I am to have been chosen to receive this bursary. This will help reduce a lot of the financial stress so I can focus more of my attention to my son and my studies. Thank you.


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