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12 Jul 2019

Life-changing scholarship opportunity now available 

Applications are invited for the Glenys Chapman Scholarship providing a life-transforming and life changing opportunity for Sydney Adventist Hospital New Graduate nurses.
The San supported humanitarian medical and surgical program Open Heart International (OHI) scholarship was established in 2018 in memory of former AHCL Surgical Centre Nursing Unit Manager and OHI Nepal Project Coordinator Glenys Chapman.

Glenys volunteered with OHI from 1996 until her death in 2017, a leader and critical member of more than 22 team trips to Nepal, and involved in management, planning, recruitment, fundraising, liaising with international partners and coordination of the life transforming medical and surgical work that performed women’s health medical care including uterine prolapse and obstetric fistula surgeries, as well as treating burns injuries causing disability and disfiguration. Glenys’ passion for her volunteering was infectious with her fundraising efforts raising more than $75,000 to contribute to OHI projects.

The Scholarship honours the life changing influence she had on the Nepalese patients, and the team members she worked with and inspired to be involved with OHI.
The 2018 Glenys Chapman Scholarship winner Hannah Muggeridge said her recent trip to Nepal earlier this year was incredibly enriching.

"It has definitely changed me as a person” said Hannah.

“It’s ignited a passion in me to help care for others who really need it, particularly in these countries that don’t have the benefits, healthcare and resources that we have here in Australia.”

During the 5 day trip, Hannah met 7 year old Janaki who was one of 35 patients operated on by the OHI team at the Scheer Memorial Hospital in Nepal and had mobility restoring surgery to her leg which had been burned. A common cause of burn scar contracture are incidents with open cooking fires. The team operated to remove the constricture caused by the burns scarring which was not treated at the time.

“She really impacted me” said Hannah.

“She was so grateful and she just snuggled into me like she had known me forever.
It made me feel fulfilled, and that the care that we were providing was changing her life because she would go back into her community and not be shunned from her community, be accepted and be able to have a proper education and hopefully grow into a beautiful young woman.

She is definitely someone who will stay in my mind for the rest of my life.”

The Scholarship will be awarded to one SAH New Graduate Nurse each year. Applicants are asked to provide a one page application with a written response to why they want to volunteer and are applying for the Scholarship, their Curriculum Vitae and a reference from a San staff member. Shortlisted applicants will then be asked to provide a 60-second video showcasing who they are and why they should be the scholarship recipient.

Applications for the OHI Glenys Chapman Scholarship are open until 5pm 31st August 2019.
For more information and how to apply click here or visit the OHI website.



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