2018 Staff Scholarship & Award Information
The ReHabilitation Foundation will be awarding this year’s scholarships and awards at a reception in July. Among the scholarships available are the Jacob J. Karl Memorial Staff Scholarship, the Charlotte Frost Memorial Nursing Award, the Mary Tremaine Memorial Staff Award, the Rebecca Ann Hellier Scholarship, the Eaton Family Memorial Award, The Carroll-Sherwood Memorial Award, and the Roger Hennig Arts Enrichment Grant. Applications are due Monday, June 25th.
Scholarships – Awards for Further Education
Jacob J. Karl Memorial Staff Scholarship
The Jacob J. Karl Memorial Staff Scholarship is awarded annually to a staff member in memory of the county legislator who served on The ReHab Center’s Board of Governors and was instrumental in promoting the agency’s growth during the 1970s. In order to qualify, staff members must have a minimum of two years of full-time employment status and have a specific purpose for the scholarship, which will enrich the employee personally and help in the performance of his/her job. Therefore, eligible staff may apply if they are planning to educate or advance themselves by taking a course, participating in a seminar, attending a conference, etc. If taking a college course, the staff member need not be pursuing a degree; just a course to enrich one’s self would suffice. The scholarship committee chooses this recipient, and the award amount is based on figures submitted by the applicant.
The Rebecca Ann Hellier Scholarship
The Rebecca Ann Hellier Scholarship was established by the Hellier family in remembrance of Rebecca, who passed away in 2000. This scholarship is allocated for a current direct care professional to further his/her education. To be eligible, staff must be employed at The ReHabilitation Center for at least one full year. First preference will be given to a current staff member that is working in a direct care home or facility. Second preference will be given to a current house manager to provide enhanced management and leadership skills to inspire direct care staff. Third preference will be given to staff that wants to further their professional education and understanding of serving people with disabilities.
Cash Awards – Employee Recognition
Charlotte Frost Memorial Nursing Award
This $1,000 cash award will be given to professionals already in the nursing field as a way to acknowledge excellence, or as a scholarship to enhance educational opportunities for nursing professionals, particularly those who work with people who have developmental disabilities. Charlotte, or “Char” as she was known to her family and friends, was the parent of a child with a disability and one of The ReHab Center’s founding members. She worked tirelessly for people with disabilities right up until her death in 1993.
Mary Tremaine Memorial Staff Award
The Mary Tremaine Memorial Staff Award allows a staff member to recognize professional excellence and enthusiasm by nominating a colleague for this award. This $500 cash award is given in memory of Mary, who was Residential Services’ quality assurance manager and a ReHab Center employee for more than 10 years. Mary’s co-workers were so touched by her dynamic personality, strong work ethic and upbeat attitude that they established the Mary Tremaine Memorial Fund after her death in 1994. Nominations for the award will be accepted from all programs. The award will be given to the staff member who best embodies the qualities that made Mary special.
The Eaton Family Memorial Award
The Eaton Family Memorial Award recognizes staff that consistently give 110% and never wants to be acknowledged for his/her accomplishments. This cash award was established by the Eaton Family, in remembrance of their beloved family members. Nominations for the award will be accepted from all programs. Two awards will be given to the two staff members who best embody the qualities of someone who goes unnoticed, and who is always hardworking but never wanting credit. To be eligible, staff must be employed at The ReHabilitation Center for a minimum of three years.
Cash Awards – Department / Program Award for Creative Ideas
The Carroll – Sherwood Memorial Award
The Carroll-Sherwood Memorial Award was established in remembrance of the parents of Mr. Patrick Carroll and Mrs. Gloria Sherwood-Carroll. The purpose of this award is to recognize an agency department or program that puts forth a creative “out of the box” initiative that will support the mission of The ReHabilitation Center, incorporate its values, and at the same time, enhance the department receiving the award. This is a unique award, in that it recognizes an individual or group effort by staff. The submission must receive support from 1-3 co-workers, depending on the size of the department and receive support from the department supervisor and/or vice president. The award criteria will be based on supporting the mission of The ReHab Center, enhancing a function of the immediate department or program and increasing the effectiveness of the immediate department or program. *Applications for this award must be typed. Please contact the Foundation office with questions or assistance with this.*
Roger Hennig Arts Enrichment Grant
The Roger Hennig Arts Enrichment Grant was established in 1998 in memory of Roger Hennig, whose life exemplified what people can achieve regardless of disability. Roger, who had muscular dystrophy, did not let his physical limitations deter him from getting the most out of life. He graduated from Olean High School in 1970 and participated in The ReHabilitation Center’s workshop program. Roger was a deep thinker who enjoyed painting and writing, and many of his works reflected a philosophical and spiritual approach to life. Roger passed away in 1985, but his passion, determination and memory live on in this memorial. To celebrate Roger’s inspirational spirit, this memorial scholarship was converted to an Arts Enrichment grant. This year’s recipient will be awarded up to $750. The purpose of this grant is to allow program participants the opportunity to participate in a special Art project. Please keep in mind “creative” ideas. (Suggestions may be a field trip to an arts museum, creating a special mural under the guidance of an artist, art show, clay plaques, poetry readings, musical instruments, etc…).
For more specific information about the awards or to obtain a printed application contact Elena Bombardier, Development Director, at 375-4730 ext. 562. Applications are also available by visiting SharePoint and clicking on the Scholarships & Awards. Applications must be submitted by Friday, August 24, 2017. Please send all printed applications to Elena/Foundation in the Admin building.