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|Status:||Grad Studies at UPEI|
|Description:||Awarded to a graduate student at the University of Prince Edward Island who is studying neuroscience. This scholarship is renewable for one year upon satisfactory progress in the graduate program.|
|Background:||This scholarship was established by the Hooper and Klarenbach families in loving memory of Catherine Hooper who suffered from schizophrenia, and in tribute to Dale Klarenbach who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 25. Catherine (Cathy) Louise Hooper was born in Charlottetown, PEI, in 1951, the daughter of Garth and Mary (Acorn) Hooper and sister of David, Robert, and Philip. She is the niece of Island poet Milton Acorn. Cathy was a very bright, sensitive, and kind-hearted woman who struggled with mental illness from age 19. She had great interest in UPEI where she attended classes at various times over her lifetime and was able to complete two years of study with great effort and determination despite the debilitating na ture of her illness. Cathy passed away in 2004 at age 53. Dale Klarenbach was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1950. He graduated from Queen Elizabeth High School in Calgary with honors. He entered the first year of the Engineering program at the University of Calgary on scholarship, then turned his interest to computer science and entered the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology's (SAIT) Computer Science Program from which he graduated with honors. Upon graduation, he was hired by SAIT and worked in their Computer Department for 20 years. During his employment wit h SAIT, at age 25, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and is still able to lead a productive life. He presently resides in the City of Calgary and enjoys a good relationship with his church and the Foothills Hospital Psychiatric Unit. He enjoys music, writing poetry, photography and going for hikes in the mountains.|
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