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Dr. Vera Elizabeth Dewar Graduate Nursing Scholarship
Maximum Amount: $2,000.00
Faculty: MNurs
Grad Studies at UPEI
Application Form: Application Form
Deadline: 31-Jul
Scholarship Type: Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a graduate of the UPEI Faculty of Nursing who is pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree in Nursing. PhD Nursing candidates shall have preference.
Background: This graduate nursing scholarship was established by Dr. Vera Elizabeth Dewar at the University of Prince Edward Island. Vera Dewar (or Miss Dewar, as she is affectionately known to many former students and colleagues), was raised on the family farm in Brudenell. After high school, Vera was too young to enter the nursing program, so she taught Grade 1 - 10 in a one-room school for a couple of years. Then she enrolled at the PEI Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1956 and, two years later, she obtained her Diploma in Teaching and Supervision in Schools of Nursing from Dalhousie University. In 1967, Vera obtained her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Dalhousie University. Miss Dewar's impressive career in nursing education on the Island spans more than four decades. She has held positions from clinical instructor to Assistant Director of Administration at the PEI School of Nursing, a post she held until its closure in 1994. Miss Dewar truly loved her career. For her, nursing was not just a job - it was her life. Over the years, Vera has exemplified leadership in nursing education to hundreds of students and countless nursing colleagues. Vera's expectations of excellence have made a significant impact on nursing education and nursing practice in Prince Edward Island and the many parts of the world where our graduates have lived and worked. Her leadership role also extends to that of mentorship. Over her many years of involvement in nursing education, Vera has encouraged and supported numerous graduates and colleagues ; always challenging them to strive for excellence in nursing education and nursing practice. In addition to her professional career, however, Vera has dedicated much of her adult life to cultural preservation on PEI. In honour of her mother, who had a great love for culture and genealogy, Vera spent many hours with friends working to compile the manuscript for the book called Perthshire to Three Rivers, which includes the names of more than 14,000 descendants of the Brudenell River area. (Biography from excerpts of the Convocation Citation in 2003 and remarks made at the reception held at UPEI in Miss Dewar's honour).
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