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Hospital for Special Care Awards $34,250 in Scholarships to Local Students

August 7, 2019

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (July, 2018) –Hospital for Special Care (HFSC) honored eight area students for their academic achievements in medicine, physical therapy and nursing this month. The hospital awarded the $12,000 Florence Timura Medical Student Scholarship to Darrick M. Potter of New Haven, a fourth-year medical student at Quinnipiac University, Frank H. Netter School of Medicine.  Yarden A. Tepper of Shelton, a third year physical therapy student at the University of Connecticut received the $6,000 Florence Timura Physical Therapy Scholarship. Contributions from Michael Timura, a longtime friend, business associate and hospital benefactor who passed away earlier this year, in honor of his wife Florence, support these annual awards.

The following annual nursing scholarships were also presented by Lynn Ricci, President and CEO and Gary Timura son of Michael and Florence Timura:

  • The Rona Botwinick Nursing Scholarship: Maggie E. Veronesi of Andover, a freshman at the University of New England pursuing Nursing, $3,000.
  • The Florence Timura Nursing Scholarship: Autumn R. DeBlois of Newington, a freshman at Elms College pursuing Nursing, $3,000.
  • The Dr. Michael Timura, III Nursing Scholarship: Taylor N. Droste of Berlin, a freshman at Quinnipiac University, pursuing Nursing, $2,750.
  • The Paul Sutula Nursing Scholarship: Phoebe E. Carter of West Hartford, a freshman at Colby Sawyer College pursuing Nursing, $2,500.
  • The Elizabeth Timura Gold Star Mother Nursing Scholarship: Gregory T. Lagosz of Farmington, a freshman at the University of Connecticut pursuing Nursing, $2,500.
  • The John Timura Nursing Scholarship: Kara R. Beloin of Plainville, a freshman at the University of Connecticut, pursuing Nursing, $2,500

Generous gifts to the Hospital for Special Care Foundation, contributions from hospital employees, and the Advancement for Nursing Endowment Fund established by Allen Botwinick and Michael Timura in in honor of their wives support the annual scholarship program. Mr. Timura also created a new fund in 2018 to support a scholarship program for certified nursing aids.

Pictured (L to R): Taylor Droste, Kara Beloin, Gregory Lagosz, Lynn Ricci, FACHE President and CEO, Phoebe Carter, Autumn DeBlois, Gary Timura


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