The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Inc. recognizes that having properly trained and qualified staff working within the Cypress Health Region is as important to the quality of care being provided, as is having new and/or updated equipment.
The Skills Enrichment Scholarship Program (SESP) will support individuals who are prepared to gather the education and training necessary to impact patient care in Southwest Saskatchewan in a positive way.
Within the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Scholarship program, preference will be given to Applicants for “Non-Degree” programs (certification; seminars; apprenticeship challenges etc.) New applicants looking for financial assistance relative to Graduate or Under Graduate programs are encouraged to apply for funding that is available through the McIntyre Family Foundation scholarship program. Information is available at http://www.mff.ca
As the intent of the SESP is to assist individuals wanting to work within the healthcare industry and support the healthcare needs of the residents of Southwest Saskatchewan, each Approved Applicant will be required to sign a Return for Service Agreement.
By signing this agreement, Approved Applicants will indicate their willingness to utilize the education/skills they obtain within the Cypress Health Region for a minimum of 2 years.
The Application Form and completion instructions will be available on the Foundation website.
To ensure Applications receive proper consideration, they must be legible, complete and include all relevant information and supporting documentation.
A Scholarship Committee, which will be appointed by the Board, will assess the validity of applications received, keeping in mind Regional Human Resource needs and what healthcare services would best serve our communities. They will then make a disbursement recommendation to the Board.
A suggested mix for the Scholarship Committee might be:
The Skills Enrichment Scholarship Program will be funded by a named endowment – The Lee/Irwin Scholarship Fund.
This Endowment Account generates income that is made available semi-annually to fund the two (2) scholarship disbursement sessions that will be approved each year.
In most instances, assuming there are enough applications to fully utilize the funds available, the Board will approve disbursements to the maximum of available funds.
There may be situations when the Committee may recommend disbursements which exceed funds available. The Board may approve disbursements that exceed available funding, with funds taken from General Donations.
There may be times when a particular Applicant does not fully receive the amount approved for a particular application. In those instances, these unused funds will be transferred to General Donations and made available for Foundation activities which may include alternate scholarship disbursals.
Dr. Dawood Moola has contributed financial support that has been included in the Education Endowment as outlined above.
As with the Lee/Irwin Fund, this contribution generates annual investment revenue and is available to fund Group Training requests on the basis as outlined below.
It would be normal protocol that funds approved for disbursal would not exceed available funding for a particular scholarship session (as outlined above). Therefore the Committee will use the following Disbursement Protocol as a basis for recommending an application for support:
Maximum support available:
Foundation staff will be charged with promoting the program, accepting applications for consideration and maintaining a system to monitor the collection of required documentation and the distribution and reporting of disbursed SESP payments.
Prepared by:Clay Thompson Date:September 15, 2014
Policy accepted by the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation board:October 23, 2014