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Let’s partner to improve our community’s health!

Since launching in 2001, the Brandywine Health Foundation has distributed over $16 million in grants and scholarships to improve health, promote youth development, and build a vibrant Coatesville community.  We are proud to fund many of our region’s most effective nonprofits and invest in our future leaders with nursing school and college scholarships.

The fall grant cycle is closed.   Please join our e-newsletter mailing list for alerts about future opportunities and deadlines.

The Brandywine Health Foundation works to maximize the outcomes of our investments by building local partnerships, forging solutions to our community’s challenges, and promoting promising national efforts locally.

The next decade will present us with many opportunities to continue to improve our community’s health.  We welcome your participation as we work together to bridge the healthcare gap in Chester County!

Please give us a call at 610-380-9080 or email Dana Heiman to discuss your ideas and get answers to your questions before submitting your application.

Based upon the foundation’s strategic plan, adopted August 22, 2016, the foundation provides general operating support, special program support, occasional capital needs, or technical assistance for the existing network of safety net providers serving the uninsured and underinsured in the Greater Coatesville Area with medical, dental, and mental health services, addressing the strategic priorities and funding priorities listed below.

Strategic and Grantmaking Priorities

The foundation seeks to be responsive to the needs of the community, and will consider proposals, during its formal grant cycle each fall, submitted by agencies with proven track records that are addressing one or more of the foundation’s priorities, described below.  Applicants should map their application to one or more of our strategic priorities.

  • Priority 1: Health Equity – Ensure that every resident of the Greater Coatesville community has the opportunity to make choices that will allow them to live a long and healthy life, regardless of their race/ethnicity, gender, disabilities, income or background.
    • Advance equitable access to affordable, quality and innovative primary, oral, behavioral and reproductive health services by providing grants to nonprofit healthcare
      providers serving the Greater Coatesville community that improve access to care for underserved residents.
    • Reduce avoidable, unfair or unjust disparities in health outcomes by:
      • Providing grants to nonprofit healthcare providers to reduce health disparities in maternal and prenatal health outcomes among women of color.
      • Providing program grants to nonprofit healthcare providers to increase culturally appropriate resources related to healthy eating, nutrition, physical activity, stress
        reduction, mental health stigma.
  • Priority 2: Healthy Youth – Empower youth aged 12 – 24 in our community to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, cultivate leadership skills and experience, and achieve their goals for the future.
    • Expand and enhance access to quality youth-focused health services,including health literacy, promotion and prevention programs by providing grants to nonprofit healthcare
      providers serving youth in the Greater Coatesville community.
    • Increase the number of quality youth leadership development opportunities in our community by providing grants to youth-serving nonprofit organizations that deliver quality leadership development, community service, and/or career and college planning programs in the Greater Coatesville community.
  • Priority 3: Healthy Community – Improve community conditions that help impact the health of everyone in Greater Coatesville.
    • Invest in programs, partnerships and initiatives that contribute to healthier neighborhoods, schools and workplaces inGreater Coatesville by providing grants to nonprofit organizations to improve communityconditions in Greater Coatesville.

Click here to review our complete Strategic Plan.

The Directors have determined that all grant awards are subject to the vote of the full Board of Directors. It is not the intention of the Directors to establish an ongoing or permanent grant relationship with grantees. Applicants are encouraged to include a description of future funding plans for this project or service.

With regard to types of grants and organizations supported, the Directors, as a rule, will not make grant awards for:

  • Direct scholarship support to individuals
  • Coverage of operating deficits
  • Groups such as fraternal organizations, political parties (or candidates), veterans, and labor or local civic groups.

Emergency Preparedness Plan Required

The foundation requires that agencies applying for funds have an Emergency Preparedness/Business Continuity Plan.  In Chester County, the Department of Emergency Services, in partnership with the United Way of Chester County and the business security group Chester County First, provide training to non-profits and can provide free consulting services to your non-profit agency.   For more information about Emergency Preparedness Resources for Business, please click here.  For a sample Business Emergency Plan, click here.

Please note: The Brandywine Health Foundation has limited funding available to reduce the need for emergency medical services, and/or to strengthen existing emergency services benefiting the residents of the Greater Coatesville Area.

The Brandywine Health Foundation accepts proposals on-line only, with the approximate format of the Common Grant Application used by almost twenty other foundations associated with the Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia. It is our goal to simplify the application process so that agency staff and volunteers can spend valuable time providing services and programs.

The foundation has entertained multi-year proposals from existing grantees, for up to a two year period.

We encourage you to:

  1. Become familiar with how to file the proposal on-line:
  2. Referring to the questions asked in the on-line application, develop your proposal in a word document that you can copy and paste into the boxes available on-line.  This will make it easier for you to edit and finalize your proposal before posting it on-line, using the “copy and paste” function in Word.
  3. While you can save your proposal on-line before submitting it, and then revisit it an unlimited number of times to edit and add to it, you may find it easier to line up all the required attachments you will need to submit such as budgets and IRS documents in advance.
  4. The foundation encourages applicants to review their proposal concepts with foundation staff in advance of submission.

To preview the application process, click here.  *Please note, the fall grant cycle is closed.

Grant Award Procedures

All grant award notifications are conducted on-line and require acknowledgement from the successful grantee on-line before the grant check is sent.

Reporting Procedures

The foundation requires the Common Grant Report one year from the date of the grant award, or prior to filing a new fund application (whichever date comes first) on the use of the grant award. A follow up email will be sent to grantees with the grant report link for on-line submission a year from the date of the grant award (required).

If you are a current grantee, go to Foundant to learn more about the reporting process, and you may click here to download the Philanthropy Network’s Common Report Form accepted by the Brandywine Health Foundation.

For tips on troubleshooting, click here.

For a Glossary of terms/ Types of grants, click here.

To get on the foundation’s mailing list for future Requests for Proposals, click here to e-mail.

The Brandywine Health Foundation seeks to address the critical shortage of nurses by encouraging Chester County residents to enter the field of nursing by providing scholarship funds, and recognizing those students who excel academically.

To that end, eleven nursing awards and scholarship funds benefiting nursing students studying at West Chester University and Immaculata University and the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) Practical Nursing Program are available. These scholarships are awarded at a special ceremony in May each year.

To learn more about how you can establish a fund at the foundation, contact Jill Whitcomb at jwhitcomb@brandywinefoundation.org or 610.380.9080, x103.

Please note, the nursing scholarship applications are now closed for 2017.  Please read the information below to learn about the application process for next year.  Questions?  Call 610.380.9080.

Available Awards & Scholarships for West Chester University Nursing School Students Only

The Cardiac Rehab Scholarship was established in 1993 by Roger Brown, Bill Keen, and Louise DePedro, former patients at the Cardiac Rehab facility at Brandywine Hospital, in honor of the caring and concern demonstrated by the cardiac rehab nursing staff. Since then, existing and former patients at the Cardiac Rehab facility are asked to contribute to this fund in lieu of holiday gifts for the staff, so that nursing students can continue their studies regardless of economic circumstance. The generosity of many current and former patients enables the foundation to award two to four $1,000 scholarships each spring.

Application Process and Criteria:
Students interested in applying for the Cardiac Rehab Nursing Scholarship must do so on-line after reviewing the information below.  Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 24, and requires that the student upload pdfs of their most recent transcript, clinical evaluations, letters of support, and an application letter that emphasizes the following criteria:

  1. Academic Excellence – The student should have at least a 3.0 GPA, and should show evidence of being self-directed in seeking further learning opportunities.
  2. Clinical Competence – The student demonstrates consistent exceptional clinical performance in the care of clients.
  3. Communication Skills – The student develops and maintains rapport with members of the health team so that communication is constructive and effective.
  4. Caring and Concern – The student shows consistent evidence of sensitivity to the needs of his/her patients.
  5. Financial Need – The student should show why he/she is in need of the full amount being awarded, after all eligible grants have been exhausted.

Preference is given to students living in the greater Coatesville area.

Click Here to Apply

The Ethel Gee Charlton Award of $1,800 is provided by the family of Ethel Charlton in her memory. Ethel was a 1930 graduate of the Coatesville (Brandywine) School of Nursing.

Students interested in applying for the Ethel Gee Charlton Award must do so on-line after reviewing the information below.  Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 24, and requires applicant to upload their most recent transcript, pdfs of clinical evaluations, letters of support, and an application letter that emphasizes his or her devotion to nursing, concern for others and financial need.  In addition, general criteria are listed here.

Criteria:

  1. The student has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
  2. The student demonstrates consistent exemplary clinical performance in the care of clients for the respective award in a specified area (see below).
  3. The student is self-directed in seeking further learning opportunities in this specialty.
  4. The student develops and maintains rapport with members of the health team so that communication is constructive and effective.
  5. Preference is given to students living in the greater Coatesville area.
  6. A student may receive more than one award, and awards will not be given if no one particular student qualifies.
  7. The student receiving the scholarship at a May breakfast reception has his/her tuition credited upon the Foundation’s submission of scholarship funds to West Chester University’s School of Nursing.

Click Here to Apply

Available Awards & Scholarships for West Chester University and Immaculata University Nursing School Students Only

The Carolyn Branson Sullivan Nursing Scholarship was established by Carolyn A. Sullivan as a gift to future nursing professionals.  After a lifelong career in nursing and a love for the profession, Ms. Sullivan wanted to give others the opportunity to pursue their passion for nursing while relieving some of the financial burden of their education.

The Carolyn Branson Sullivan Nursing Scholarship award of $500 will be presented to a student  in Bachelors of Nursing Programs in Chester County who has shown financial need, and academic promise as evidenced by a GPA of 2.5 or greater.  Preference is given to students in the Nursing Department of West Chester University.

Application Process and Criteria:

Students interested in applying for this scholarship must do so on-line after reviewing the information below.  Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 24. At that time, applicants will be required to upload their most recent transcript, pdfs of clinical evaluations, letters of support, and an application letter that emphasizes the general criteria below as well as any aspect specific to the scholarship applied for.

Criteria for May Awards:

  1. The student has a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.
  2. The student demonstrates consistent exemplary clinical performance in the care of patients.
  3. The student is self-directed in seeking further learning opportunities.
  4. The student develops and maintains rapport with members of the health team so that communication is constructive and effective.
  5. Preference is given for financial need. The student must show why he/she is in need of the full amount being awarded after all eligible grants have been exhausted.
  6. Preference is given to students living in the greater Coatesville area.
  7. Preference is given to students in the Nursing Department of West Chester University.
  8. A student may receive more than one award, and awards should not be given if no one particular student qualifies.
  9. Scholarship recipients have their tuition credited upon the Foundation’s submission of scholarship funds.

Click Here to Apply

Presented to a student with a GPA 3.0 or above. This student demonstrates the leadership role of the professional nurse in service to the community.

Application Process and Criteria:
Students interested in applying for any of the scholarships listed above must do so on-line after reviewing the information below.  Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 24. At that time, applicants will be required to upload their most recent transcript, pdfs of clinical evaluations, letters of support, and an application letter that emphasizes the general criteria below as well as any aspect specific to the scholarship applied for.

Criteria for May Awards:

  1. The student has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
  2. The student demonstrates consistent exemplary clinical performance in the care of clients for the respective award in a specified area (see below).
  3. The student is self-directed in seeking further learning opportunities in this specialty.
  4. The student develops and maintains rapport with members of the health team so that communication is constructive and effective.
  5. Preference is given to students living in the greater Coatesville area.
  6. The student must show why he/she is in need of the full amount being awarded, after all eligible grants have been exhausted.
  7. A student may receive more than one award, and awards should not be given if no one particular student qualifies.
  8. Scholarship recipients have their tuition credited upon the Foundation’s submission of scholarship funds to West Chester University and/or Immaculata University.

Click Here to Apply

These scholarships were established by Mr. and Mrs. Cox’s daughter, Jennifer McNeil, in memory and in recognition of the nursing care Mr. Cox received while a patient at Brandywine Hospital.

Application Process and Criteria:
Students interested in applying for any of the scholarships listed above must do so on-line after reviewing the information below.  Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 24. At that time, applicants will be required to upload their most recent transcript, pdfs of clinical evaluations, letters of support, and an application letter that emphasizes the general criteria below as well as any aspect specific to the scholarship applied for.

Criteria for May Awards:

  1. The student has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
  2. The student demonstrates consistent exemplary clinical performance in the care of clients for the respective award in a specified area (see below).
  3. The student is self-directed in seeking further learning opportunities in this specialty.
  4. The student develops and maintains rapport with members of the health team so that communication is constructive and effective.
  5. Preference is given to students living in the greater Coatesville area.
  6. The student must show why he/she is in need of the full amount being awarded, after all eligible grants have been exhausted.
  7. A student may receive more than one award, and awards should not be given if no one particular student qualifies.
  8. Scholarship recipients have their tuition credited upon the Foundation’s submission of scholarship funds to West Chester University and/or Immaculata University.

Click Here to Apply

Presented to a student who shows great promise in nursing. Miss Cumber was Director of Nursing from May 1954 to 1970 at which time she became Administrative Assistant of the Coatesville Hospital, a position she held until her death in April 1971. Clinical performance, character, and attitude are considered in the selection of the recipient.

Application Process and Criteria:
Students interested in applying for any of the scholarships listed above must do so on-line after reviewing the information below.  Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 24. At that time, applicants will be required to upload their most recent transcript, pdfs of clinical evaluations, letters of support, and an application letter that emphasizes the general criteria below as well as any aspect specific to the scholarship applied for.

Criteria for May Awards:

  1. The student has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
  2. The student demonstrates consistent exemplary clinical performance in the care of clients for the respective award in a specified area (see below).
  3. The student is self-directed in seeking further learning opportunities in this specialty.
  4. The student develops and maintains rapport with members of the health team so that communication is constructive and effective.
  5. Preference is given to students living in the greater Coatesville area.
  6. The student must show why he/she is in need of the full amount being awarded, after all eligible grants have been exhausted.
  7. A student may receive more than one award, and awards should not be given if no one particular student qualifies.
  8. Scholarship recipients have their tuition credited upon the Foundation’s submission of scholarship funds to West Chester University and/or Immaculata University.

Click Here to Apply

Presented to a student who has a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or greater, demonstrates above average standards for clinical performance and has excellent character references from the faculty.

Application Process and Criteria:
Students interested in applying for any of the scholarships listed above must do so on-line after reviewing the information below.  Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 24. At that time, applicants will be required to upload their most recent transcript, pdfs of clinical evaluations, letters of support, and an application letter that emphasizes the general criteria below as well as any aspect specific to the scholarship applied for.

Criteria for May Awards:

  1. The student has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
  2. The student demonstrates consistent exemplary clinical performance in the care of clients for the respective award in a specified area (see below).
  3. The student is self-directed in seeking further learning opportunities in this specialty.
  4. The student develops and maintains rapport with members of the health team so that communication is constructive and effective.
  5. Preference is given to students living in the greater Coatesville area.
  6. The student must show why he/she is in need of the full amount being awarded, after all eligible grants have been exhausted.
  7. A student may receive more than one award, and awards should not be given if no one particular student qualifies.
  8. Scholarship recipients have their tuition credited upon the Foundation’s submission of scholarship funds to West Chester University and/or Immaculata University.

Click Here to Apply

Marie Rooney, who sadly passed away in October of 2007, was born in Coatesville, graduated from Coatesville High School and attended the Coatesville Hospital School of Nursing. Until she was too ill from cancer, Ms. Rooney worked as the practice manager for Brandywine Valley Cardiovascular Associates where “her kind support to family, friends and patients made her very well-known in our community.” She balanced nursing while raising her two daughters as a single mother, never complaining and always earning the respect of her nursing and physician colleagues for her expertise, skill and care. Her family has made this scholarship possible with a special focus on those nursing students who are juggling their studies with family and work responsibilities.

Application Process and Criteria:
Students interested in applying for the Marie Rooney Nursing Scholarship must do so on-line after reviewing the information below.  Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 24, and require that the student upload pdfs of their most recent transcript, clinical evaluations, letters of support, and an application letter that emphasizes the following criteria:

  1. Academic Excellence – The student should have at least a 3.0 GPA, and should show evidence of being self-directed in seeking further learning opportunities.
  2. Clinical Competence – The student demonstrates consistent exceptional clinical performance in the care of clients.
  3. Communication Skills – The student develops and maintains rapport with members of the health team so that communication is constructive and effective.
  4. Caring and Concern – The student shows consistent evidence of sensitivity to the needs of his/her patients.
  5. Financial Need – The student should show why he/she is in need of the full amount being awarded, after all eligible grants have been exhausted.
  6. Preference will be given to those applicants who have struggled to balance family responsibilities with school and work, as Ms. Rooney did throughout her career.

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Presented to a third year student who has a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above, and has demonstrated out-standing clinical performance and positive personal characteristics in dealing with patients, peers and families.

Application Process and Criteria:
Students interested in applying for any of the scholarships listed above must do so on-line after reviewing the information below.  Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 24. At that time, applicants will be required to upload their most recent transcript, pdfs of clinical evaluations, letters of support, and an application letter that emphasizes the general criteria below as well as any aspect specific to the scholarship applied for.

Criteria for May Awards:

  1. The student has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
  2. The student demonstrates consistent exemplary clinical performance in the care of clients for the respective award in a specified area (see below).
  3. The student is self-directed in seeking further learning opportunities in this specialty.
  4. The student develops and maintains rapport with members of the health team so that communication is constructive and effective.
  5. Preference is given to students living in the greater Coatesville area.
  6. The student must show why he/she is in need of the full amount being awarded, after all eligible grants have been exhausted.
  7. A student may receive more than one award, and awards should not be given if no one particular student qualifies.
  8. Scholarship recipients have their tuition credited upon the Foundation’s submission of scholarship funds to West Chester University and/or Immaculata University.

Click Here to Apply

Available Awards & Scholarships for a student of the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) Practical Nursing Program

Established by family and friends in 2007, the Martha and Duane Bohlayer Scholarship is awarded annually to a student of the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) Practical Nursing Program who exhibits financial need and exemplifies the qualities of compassion and dedication to the welfare of others, a principal guide in the lives of those it honors.

Martha taught in, and later directed the practical nursing program, formerly at CAT Brandywine, for many years, retiring in 1986. She championed each of her students, and found ways to provide single parents with extra encouragement. All of her students believed they were her favorite, and most thought of themselves as her “all-time” favorite. Duane tirelessly provided help to those in need from all walks of life – frequently without being asked, and always without financial compensation.

Since Martha’s passing, Duane consistently and humbly still goes about the business of providing others with what they think is needed, and always leave people smiling and feeling better about themselves and life. This scholarship is offered to help continue to spread the living legacy of Martha and Duane Bohlayer and their humanity and should be given to students who will be good stewards of these ideals.

Purpose of the Fund:
The purpose of the fund is to provide annual awards to full- or part-time students at the CCIU Practical Nursing Program based upon the following non-discriminatory criteria:  completion of at least Level I by April 1 of the award year, financial need, and compassion and dedication to the welfare of others. The CCIU Practical Nursing Program faculty and staff shall nominate the person(s) for this award based on these criteria with the preference for choosing a single parent student, the kind that Martha personally identified with and sought to motivate.

Process:

  1. Interested students may submit a letter of application by March 24 indicating why they should receive consideration for a particular scholarship or award, to the attention of: Nancy K. Haughton, Director, CCIU Practical Nursing Program who will work with faculty and Dana M. Heiman, Interim CEO of the Brandywine Health Foundation, to select the scholarship finalist.
  2. A student may receive more than one award and awards should not be given if no one particular student qualifies.
  3. The scholarship award recipient will receive notice of her or his award by the end of April.
  4. The award is a $1,000 credit to the student’s tuition at the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) Practical Nursing Program

Harry Lewis Jr. Scholarship Award

hlj-scholarshipThe Brandywine Health Foundation’s board of directors created the Harry Lewis Jr. Scholarship in 2011, in honor of Harry Lewis, Jr, past board chairman.  We are proud to give young people the opportunity to receive this life changing scholarship to support their dream of post-secondary education.  Every year, one high school senior in the Coatesville Area School District is selected to receive $5,000 each year for up to four years of her/his tuition and fees. She/he must be actively involved in the Coatesville Youth Initiative, demonstrate a commitment to improving the quality of life in the greater Coatesville community, and achieve a certain grade point average in high school. (Click here to learn more about past recipients)

Alene McDermott Memorial Scholarship Fund

aleneThe Alene McDermott Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to provide scholarships to graduating high school students from Coatesville Area High School. This scholarship was established in February 2011 in loving memory of Alene McDermott, a devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend who lost her battle with cancer September 21, 2010. Support from her family and friends, as well as Alene’s passion for singing and playing guitar, allowed her to extend her life against immeasurable odds. After her passing, Alene’s family and countless friends felt compelled to continue her legacy by providing an opportunity for young people to express themselves through music and art. It is the hope of all who loved Alene that her optimistic spirit and musical inspiration will be perpetuated through awarding the Alene McDermott Memorial Scholarship to college bound students who wish to embark on a career in music or art.

Eastburn Community Service Award

eastburn-awardThe Eastburn Community Service Award, established in 2015, is presented each year at the foundation’s annual Garden Party in memory of Jane and Al Eastburn, both of whom served the Coatesville area as non-profit leaders with distinction. The Eastburn Community Service Award is awarded to an individual who has and/or still gives back to the Coatesville community, making a positive difference with their time, energy, expertise.  While philanthropic support is an added benefit, it is not the most significant factor. Community members are invited and encouraged to nominate a deserving Chester County resident to receive this prestigious award that comes with a $2,500 grant designated to a non-profit in the Coatesville area by the honoree.

Click here to learn more about the nomination process.

 

 

Donate Now to the Harry Lewis Jr. Scholarship Award, Alene McDermott Memorial Scholarship Fund OR The Eastburn Community Service Award ~OR~ mail in your gift, made payable to the “Brandywine Health Foundation” to 50 South First Avenue Coatesville, PA 19320. Your gift allows us to continue to support our young people and deserving non-profits in the Coatesville area.

For more information on any of these scholarships or awards, contact, Jill Whitcomb at jwhitcomb@brandywinefoundation.org.