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Cherie Kapell Brown’s nursing education didn’t end when she graduated in 2004.

The recipient of the 2014 Bernice England Scholarship, awarded annually by the Royal University Hospital Foundation, is a firm believer in the value of continuing education. “Adult education is so important,” says Cherie. “We have to keep our minds moving, especially in health care. Things advance so fast.”

Cherie started a Master of Nursing program
at the University of Saskatchewan in Fall 2014. The $500 from the Bernice England
Scholarship is helping her as she juggles
the cost of going back to school
with a household that includes three active kids.

“The scholarship definitely eased the financial burden, by helping to pay for tuition costs. It’s motivating. It’s nice that somebody put money toward a goal I am trying to achieve,” she says.

Colleen Cameron agrees. “It has enabled me to work toward my Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing, which I hope to receive by spring 2016.”

The scholarship is available to students enrolled in a Bachelor of Nursing program or in a continuing nursing education program three months or longer in duration.

The Royal University Hospital Foundation offers a number of scholarships to frontline staff including nurses, caregivers and post-doctoral fellows. The Foundation has invested more than $155,000 in scholarships since 2008.

Dr. Petrina McGrath, Vice President People, Practice and Quality for the Saskatoon Health Region, says she knows from personal experience the value of the scholarships to staff.

“When they succeed, the patients and families we serve benefit,” McGrath says. “Many professionals go back to school while also managing family and work. Being able to receive financial support during this time takes away one stress and enables them to focus on learning and applying their new knowledge.”

Donors make it all possible; donors such as Bernice England, a former head nurse at Royal University Hospital. Born and raised in rural Saskatchewan, Bernice attended nursing school at St. Paul’s Hospital and completed a certification program at the U of S College of Nursing.

Bernice began her career in a different era.

“When I was in my third year I was night nurse on the medical ward, and I was it,” she says in They Built Better Than They Know, Dr. Louis Horlick’s history of RUH. “There was nobody else. . . . You certainly learned responsibility, and I think that was a good thing. Once you got out into the world you were able to take responsibility and were not scared.”

Bernice further mentions, though, that when she became head nurse, administrative duties took her away from her first love — active practical nursing. The scholarship named in her honour was a wonderful commemoration of her career, she says.

Cherie Kapell Brown, currently an Intensive Care Unit nurse at RUH, appreciates the traditions and wisdom to be gleaned from the past as she adapts in a rapidly changing field.

“I love working beside nurses who have that kind of knowledge to pass on. It makes me think about how health care has changed,” she says.

In 2014, RUH Foundation awarded $11,500 in scholarship funds. For further information, read more about our grants and scholarships or call the Foundation at 306-655-1984.    

Past Bernice England Scholarship recipients (l-r) Cherie Kapell Brown (2014) and Colleen Cameron (2013) are grateful for funding through the RUH Foundation to help further their studies




At RUH Foundation, we create excellence in health care by raising funds that anticipate and respond to needs for innovative research, education and patient care at Royal University Hospital.

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