A final act of generosity by the WCH Nursing Alumnae Association

2020-01-13 10:52:14 AM

Although the Alumnae Association of Women’s College Hospital’s (WCH) School of Nursing disbanded after its 100th anniversary celebration in May 2019, the Alumnae Association has yet again demonstrated its unwavering dedication to WCH in a final act of generosity. Last month, the members of its executive committee presented the Alumnae’s remaining funds to Dr. Paula Rochon, Vice-President, Research, in support of the Summer Student Research Program. The generous gift of over $24,000 will help to support undergraduate, graduate and health professional program students pursuing an internship at Women’s College Research Institute. 

“Our Summer Student Research Program provides talented young trainees valuable hands-on research experience and training from some of the world’s leading scientific experts in health research,” says Dr. Rochon. “With this donation, we will be able to continue to support the education and mentorship of students who identify with groups that have historically been underrepresented in health research, as part of our goal to improve diversity and equity within the program.”

Since its inception in September 1919, the Alumnae Association has been generously supporting continuing education for students at WCH. In fact, one of the Association’s first acts was to establish a general proficiency scholarship. The original seven alumnae members raised $50 (which today, with inflation, would be the equivalent of over $700) to present to a deserving WCH nursing graduate to help her pursue further studies in nursing, public health or medicine. Miss Winnifred Maud Worth, Class of 1920, was the recipient of the Alumnae’s inaugural scholarship. During the graduation address, it was explained that “medical science is a progress science in which one must be learning all the time.”

The Alumnae Association continued this meaningful tradition of providing annual scholarships and awards to nursing students and graduates until 1991. With their farewell gift to the WCRI Summer Student Research Program, the Alumnae Association leaves behind a proud 100 year legacy of supporting education for young medical professionals at WCH.

Women’s College Hospital Foundation extends its deepest gratitude to the members of the Alumnae Association for their generous support, and belief in the next generation of talented young researchers.