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2015 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 2015 the CHS was pleased to award $5,000 scholarships / bursaries to four outstanding applicants.


ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Kaitlin Brown
Waterloo, Ontario

I am very honoured to be a recipient of the CHS James
Kreppner Memorial Scholarship. Living with von Willebrand disease has not always been easy. I am thankful for my family who is my greatest support team and my friends who take interest in learning about bleeding disorders.

Growing up, my parents and four older brothers taught me commitment, determination and kindness. These are three traits that I aim to showcase not only in my career after university, but also in my day-to-day life. I will be attending Wilfrid Laurier University and studying towards an honours bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After completion I plan to become a Chartered Professional Accountant.

I have learned over the years that von Willebrand disease does not stop me from doing anything. I thoroughly enjoy volunteering and participating in extracurricular activities. The James Kreppner Memorial Scholarship allows and inspires me to continue giving back and to work hard at achieving the goals I set out for myself. Thank you for awarding me this scholarship.


Calen Van De Veen

Ridgedale, Saskatchewan


I was diagnosed with severe hemophilia A at the age of nine years old. I exhibited many of the classic signs of hemophilia growing up, but since there was no history of hemophilia in my family, the possibility of a hemophilia diagnosis was over looked.

This was the turning point at which hemophilia changed my life. Some of the activities that I had been doing were discontinued due to risk of injury and joint bleeds (hockey and football). I became more aware of extra safety equipment and how to protect myself when performing other activities.

At the age of 13 I started prophylactic treatments. The Saskatchewan Bleeding Disorders clinic taught me how to self-infuse and how to identify injuries that required treatment. I am extremely thankful to my parents for being persistent that I had “something medically wrong”, and for supporting me through this life changing event.

I will be studying in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan beginning this fall, and I am very grateful to be a recipient of this scholarship; it will help me immensely towards achieving my goals.



BURSARIES

Miranda Allaby
Woodstock, New Brunswick

I have personally been affected by hemophilia as I was diagnosed at the age of seven and my father, the late Peter Allaby, was also a hemophiliac. He contracted both the hepatitis C and HIV viruses through tainted blood in the late 80s. He passed away when I was just nine years old; his death left my mother to raise four kids on her own.

Growing up without him was not always easy but, as a result of this, it made a strong, independent and caring person. I have become more aware of hemophilia and the effects it has on the lives of others.

As of September 2015, I will be attending the New Brunswick Community College in Fredericton and have registered for a course in Human Services. I plan to one day be a youth counsellor. I am absolutely honoured to receive the 2015 James Kreppner Bursary and plan to someday give back to the hemophilia community.



Johnny Lepera
Tecumseh, Ontario


My name is Johnny Lepera and I have severe hemophilia A. Since my diagnosis, my family and I have worked together to ensure that I live a healthy and happy life while dealing with hemophilia. Hence, I have made my condition into a very positive aspect of my life.

I find that the best recipe to success while dealing with hemophilia is to stay active to maintain strong and healthy joints. I have been playing soccer at the competitive level for eight years, as well as many other sports and activities recreationally.

I am now entering my second year at the University of Windsor, studying criminology. I hope to pursue a career in law following my bachelor’s degree. My parents are, and will continue to be the cornerstones of all my accomplishments. I can’t thank them enough for the unconditional love and perseverance they showed to bring me to the point where I am now.

I am truly honoured to be a recipient of the James Kreppner Memorial Bursary, and I hope to continue, as a volunteer, to make a positive impact in the hemophilia community.




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