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Jean Dianne McCurdy Memorial Bursary for Practical Nursing

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Jean Dianne McCurdy Memorial Bursary for Practical Nursing

We met Jeannie 23 years ago, in September 1998 when we adopted one of her retired Birmans at the Naramist Cattery that she founded when illness forced her retirement from SSFC. There was rarely a day when we did not speak and/or see one another. In the weeks preceding Jeannie’s passing, I asked her what was she most proud of in her life. Without hesitation, she replied “Nursing”. Jeannie’s transformation from a timid girl from Kirkland Lake to a nurse and a nursing instructor was shaped by the Sisters of St. Joseph at St. Mike’s School of Nursing. We often talked about how their focus on self-discipline, commitment to excellence in patient care, and the spiritual, mental, and physical health of the nurses in training—the person as a whole—informed her character and values for the remainder of her career and life. Jeannie was an intensely private person, fiercely self-reliant, kind, and empathetic but possessed an uncanny ability to identify and deflate inflated egos.

She was also justifiably proud of the students she mentored. Many times during Jeannie’s nine-year journey with cancer we encountered nurses who had been her students. They spoke well of her, saying that she had high expectations of them which served them well in their professional lives. Her training and natural inclination led her to see each person under her care as someone who was more than his condition or disease, to really see that person, to really see what was needed and then do it.

We miss her terribly but feel she would be very happy to know that we are helping in a small way to foster the same excellence in nursing in her name that she demonstrated.

Awarded to a Full-Time Practical Nursing Student, who demonstrates professionalism, compassion, and dedication during their interaction with Patients, Staff, and Peers. Student must be in good academic standing and demonstrate Financial Need.


Estimated Value

1 available in the Fall semester

Applying is Easy

Registered students with an active timetable are able to apply for all bursaries that are administered by the college though our single on-line bursary application.

By completing this application, you will be considered for all college-administered bursaries and scholarships for which you are eligible. To apply, log into myCampus (the student portal), and go to the Student Centre section. The Apply Now! button will open the on-line application as long as you have a valid SIN on file. If you do not have a valid SIN on file, you are required to provide proof of SIN (any government issued document with your name and SIN) and government issued photo-id at the Registrar's Office so your record may be updated. Please note that bursary applications will not be evaluated until after the application deadline date.

Financial Aid Contacts:


(705) 749-5530 ext. 1616

Claudia Byers
Sutherland Campus (Peterborough)

(705) 749-5530 ext. 1166

Debbie McEachern
Sutherland Campus (Peterborough)

(705) 749-5530 ext. 1669

Alannah Kennedy
Sutherland Campus (Peterborough)

(705) 749-5530 ext. 1176

Amy D’Silva
Frost Campus (Lindsay)

(705) 749-5530 ext. 3302

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