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Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital Awards $50,000 to Students with Disabilities

20 local students celebrated at 19th Annual Marianjoy Scholarship Awards

June 14, 2013 (Wheaton, IL) –$50,000 in scholarships was awarded to 20 students from the greater Chicagoland area by the Marianjoy Scholarship Program, now in its nineteenth year. The students, some of which are former Marianjoy patients, are attending colleges and universities all across the country including the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, University of Alabama, University of Missouri, Purdue University, Valparaiso University, Indiana University, Olivet Nazarene University, North Central College, and Elmhurst College, among others.

For more than 40 years, Marianjoy has remained an advocate for individuals living with a disability. Though pursuing a college degree is not easy for anyone, doing so while living with a physical disability requires an even greater degree of determination, stamina and focus which is why the Marianjoy Scholarship Fund was established. This year’s recipients include young men and women studying dentistry, information systems, architecture, medicine, broadcasting, and teaching.

The Marianjoy Scholarship Program combines the Bruce A. Schurman Endowment Fund (named after the former president and CEO of Marianjoy), generous funding from the Clara Pfaender Fund for students pursuing a career in healthcare, and the Marianjoy General Scholarship Fund. Marianjoy plans to grow the endowment to $250,000 over the coming years. The interest earnings on those funds will be used to provide future annual scholarships in perpetuity.

“Funding for all scholarship awards is provided through generous donations from individuals, families, corporations, the Marianjoy Auxiliary, and other organizations,” explains Will Gillett, Chairman of the Marianjoy Stewardship Committee. “Our goal is to provide as many scholarships as possible each year to well-qualified students.”

Scholarship recipients include:


  • Ryan Dabrowski of Orland Park
  • Maria Daniels of Elk Grove
  • Steven Fako of Orland Park
  • Daniel Freeman of Wheaton
  • Tori Hamiel of LaSalle
  • Daniel Loftus of Elk Grove
  • Kristina McCormick of Streator
  • Chelsea Mertz of Geneva
  • Tatiana Naborowski of Oak Brook
  • Jennifer Piasecki of Lockport
  • Cassandra Powers of Wheaton
  • Juleah Puccinelli of West Chicago
  • Gianna Puccinelli of West Chicago
  • Marina Salman of Oak Lawn
  • Maria Senne of West Chicago
  • Chase Smith of Aurora
  • Gina Trotto of Wood Dale
  • Tara Tsaparis of Wheaton
  • Matthew Wilcox of St. Charles
  • Stephanie Yarr of Naperville


About Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital is a nonprofit teaching hospital in Wheaton, Illinois, dedicated to the delivery of physical medicine and rehabilitation programs including stroke, neuromuscular, orthopedic, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and pediatrics. Marianjoy’s state-of-the-art, 128 private room replacement hospital is designed to provide rehabilitative care in a naturally holistic setting. Founded in 1972, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital maintains an extensive network of inpatient, subacute, and outpatient sites and physician clinics throughout the Chicago area. Marianjoy is a member of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. To learn more, visit

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