The South Shore Bursary Program has hit a million-dollar milestone.

As the bursary program enters its 16th year, the charities and community members (behind the program) which invests in future health care professionals have announced they have officially raised $1,096,303 for the program.

The Health Services Foundation of the South Shore is one of the four charities involved in the bursary program. Its Executive Director, Arleen Stevens says it’s a no-brainer to continue supporting the South Shore Bursary Program, nearly two decades in. “Making the decision to pursue a career in health care is a bold and selfless move. A move that the South Shore Bursary Program and our donors want to support.”

In the bursary’s 15 years it has helped 116 South Shore residents finance their education in a health-related field. Of the 116 bursary recipients, 85 trained to become Registered Nurses (RNs), 26 became certified Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and one trained to be a doctor and is currently practicing in Lunenburg.

On top of investing in the futures of those in our community, the bursary has a return-for-service agreement ensuring all recipients come back and return a year of service at a South Shore hospital for each year they received financial support.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 South Shore Bursary Program. The deadline for submissions is May 13, 2022. The application link can be found on the Health Services Foundation’s website.

Since 2006, the South Shore Health Bursary has invested nearly $550,000 into the future of health care professionals in both Lunenburg & Queens Counties. The bursary is a proud partnership of the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore, the South Shore Regional Hospital Auxiliary, the Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Queens General Hospital Foundation and a committed supporter in the community.