The Hannah Bernard Scholarship is available to anyone fighting complex pain and pursuing their education, including high school, college and online courses.
Hannah Bernard was an indomitable warrior, who remained strong, confident, and always kept her great sense of humor. She courageously fought RSD/CRPS (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy), Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), Gastroparesis and Dystonia for over 10 years until losing her battle in 2015 at the age of 19.
Hannah was incredibly bright and passionate about learning. She always gave her all, to everything that she did, despite having these painful and debilitating diseases. She wanted to educate and spread awareness about these rare illnesses in an effort to help improve quality of care for others.
Hannah loved attending school and when she could no longer do that, she still maintained straight A’s on hospital homebound taking all honors classes. Quitting was never an option. Her dream was to attend Harvard Medical School. She wanted to treat children in pain with compassion and empathy.
She never gave up and appreciated every day. Her unwavering strength and determination can be summed up with her favorite quote.
“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but playing a poor hand well.”
She was a supportive friend and always encouraged others to keep fighting. Our family is honored to be able to help another warrior realize their educational dreams and make a difference in the world.
Applications may be submitted Jan 1 2018 – April 30, 2018. Our award will be announced June 1. If you are interested in applying for the Hannah Bernard Scholarship please fill out the application below.