If you or a family member is diagnosed with a bleeding disorder, you may be eligible for one of many academic scholarship opportunities available both locally and nationally. The Mary M. Gooley Hemophilia Center, in collaboration with the Hemophilia Foundation of Upstate New York (HFUNY), is proud to offer two scholarships to assist patients and their families with the cost of obtaining a college education.
1) The Mary M. Gooley Hemophilia Scholarship Fund
The Mary M. Gooley Hemophilia Center first offered a scholarship in 1996 to assist individuals within the bleeding disorder community to pursue studies beyond high school. Applicants awarded this scholarship may receive up to $2,000 in assistance towards direct costs associated with attending an accredited institution.
2) The Bob Hersh Memorial Scholarship
Bob was a Psychologist at Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities service office and Associate Professor at Monroe Community College. His community involvement included the AIDS Rochester Program Review Committee and the American Association of Mental Retardation. Bob was a past Hemophilia Center Board member and also served as Board Secretary for two terms between 1995 and 2001. In 2009, this scholarship was created to honor Bob's memory. Individuals planning to enter a helping or teaching profession may apply for this scholarship and receive up to $1,000 in assistance.
In order to be eligible for one of these scholarships, all the following criteria must be met:
A) Candidates must be a high school upperclassman or graduate or a student already enrolled in a post-secondary school program; must be planning to enroll in a course of study at an accredited 2- or 4-year college, university or vocational technical school program or certified training program (with priority given to undergraduate study).
B) Candidates must be a person affected directly or indirectly by hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, another diagnosed bleeding disorder, Gaucher disease or an iron overload disorder, including hemochromatosis.
C) Candidates must reside in and/or will attend school in one of the following 48 upstate NY counties: Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.
D) In addition, candidates applying for the Bob Hersh Memorial Scholarship must also plan on pursuing a degree in a helping or teaching profession.