Sign ‘return for service’ agreements
Seven Cumberland County students have received bursaries for their health-care studies for the 2013-14 school year.
AMHERST – Seven Cumberland County students are beginning their academic year with financial support from the county’s five health care foundations.
Bursaries of $5,000 are being awarded through the Cumberland Health Care Careers Bursary Program to Emma Blair of Wallace, Sarah Casey, Marley Pugsley and Katie Skinner of Amherst; Dawn Moore of Westchester and Michelle Walton and Suzanne Wheaton of Parrsboro.
Blair is entering the bachelor of science nursing program at Dalhousie University, Casey is entering the two-year masters of physiotheraphy program a Dalhousie University, Moore is entering the bachelor of science nursing program at UPEI, Pugsley is a first-year student in the licensed practical nursing program at NSCC Cumberland, Skinner is completing the final year of her medical laboratory technology program at NSCC Waterfront Campus in Dartmouth, Walton and Wheaton are beginning the LPN program at NSCC Cumberland.
“These bursaries are awarded based on a number of factors including the organization’s future human resource needs,” commented CEO Bruce Quigley. “We look at the staffing projections for the various job categories and then focus on those candidates whose program of study is where we know there will be vacancies when the students will be graduating. A rigorous interview process is then undertaken with a short-list of students.”
The bursary program, which is open only to Cumberland County students, requires all recipients to sign an agreement for a "return for service" equal to the number of years for which they receive a bursary.
That return for service commitment could include working at any of the CHA’s health care sites around the county. Of those who were awarded bursaries since the program began in 2005, a total of 26 are now working for the CHA and nine others continue in their programs of study.
For various personal reasons, 11 individuals have withdrawn from the program and repaid the funds extended to them.
The CHA and the bursary program are very fortunate to be supported by five health care foundations - All Saints Community Health Care Foundation, Bayview Communities Health Foundation, Cumberland Health Care Foundation, North Cumberland Community Health Foundation and South Cumberland Community Care Centre Foundation.
Each of the foundations makes an annual financial commitment to assist the bursary program in addition to funding various other projects in support of health care in their respective communities.