Marianjoy Scholarship Program Issues 24 Scholarships to Students with Physical Disabilities

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$60,000 in College Scholarships the Highest Amount in Program's 21-year History

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24 students with disabilities received their scholarships at an award ceremony on June 10, 2015 at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

This year's scholars embody [determination, stamina and focus], and we're proud to stand behind them in their educational pursuits. --Kathleen Yosko, Marianjoy President and CEO

The Marianjoy Scholarship Program awarded $60,000 in scholarships to 24 young men and women with disabilities from the Chicagoland area pursuing post-high school education at a reception held Wednesday, June 10.

The awards presentation also celebrated the life of Bruce Schurman, the former Marianjoy President and CEO who initiated the scholarship program in 1994. Schurman passed away in January at the age of 76.

“Bruce established the scholarship program with the belief that the pursuit of a college degree was a challenge in and of itself, yet doing so while living with a physical disability required an even greater degree of determination, stamina, and focus,” said current Marianjoy President and CEO Kathleen Yosko. “This year’s exceptional scholars embody those characteristics, and we’re proud to stand behind them in their educational pursuits.”

The 2015 scholars, many of whom are current or former Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital patients, demonstrated academic excellence and are attending colleges and universities across the country, including Yale University, University of Illinois, Purdue University, the University of Alabama, Kansas State University, St. Louis University, North Central College, Valparaiso University and Elmhurst College, among others.

For over 40 years, Marianjoy has remained an advocate for individuals living with disabilities. The Marianjoy Scholarship Program was established to provide financial assistance to students with disabilities, and an independent selection committee carefully selects from a large pool of applicants each year. This year’s recipients include young men and women studying architecture, literature, medicine, computer science, broadcasting and teaching.

Recipients this year include:

  • Emily Bastian of La Grange
  • Abbey Burgess of Glen Ellyn
  • Lauren Bryant of Wheaton
  • Joshua Carroll of Burbank
  • Ryan Dabrowski of Orland Park
  • Theresa Eberhardt of Yorkville
  • Daniel Freeman of Wheaton
  • Erashae Harris of Chicago
  • Brittany Kwamin of Park Forest
  • Ashley Lams of Brookfield
  • Daniel Loftus of Elk Grove Village
  • Jake Mabus of Mount Pospect
  • Jennalee Moran of Arlington Heights
  • Noah Mussay of Lockport
  • Tatiana Naborowski of Oak Brook
  • Kelsie Neahring of Yorkville
  • Carol Pena of Plainfield
  • Gianna Puccinelli of West Chicago
  • Juleah Puccinelli of West Chicago
  • Marina Salman of Oak Lawn
  • Avi Samuels of Buffalo Grove
  • Chase Smith of Aurora
  • Tara Tsaparis of Wheaton
  • Kyle Uminski of Plainfield

About Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital is a nonprofit teaching hospital in Wheaton, Illinois, dedicated to the delivery of physical medicine and rehabilitation programs including stroke, neuromuscular, orthopedic, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and pediatrics. Marianjoy’s state-of-the-art, 128 private room replacement hospital is designed to provide rehabilitative care in a naturally holistic setting. Founded in 1972, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital maintains an extensive network of inpatient, subacute, and outpatient sites and physician clinics throughout the Chicago area. Marianjoy is a member of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. To learn more, visit

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