Scholarship Program

At Matrix Health Group our Mission is to provide individualized, focused services to people with bleeding disorders nationwide. Our Vision is to enhance the lives of those we are privileged to serve by providing the best pharmacy and support services possible. Our Mission and Vision are met by the value we place in five Guiding Principles. One of these principles is Enrichment. We understand that in order to perform at our best, we must always seek to learn and grow, while using our knowledge to assist and empower others. In acknowledgement of our Guiding Principle of Enrichment, Matrix Health Group companies offers nine (9) $1000 educational scholarship opportunities to students diagnosed with hemophilia, von Willebrand Disease or other bleeding disorders, and in the case of three of the scholarships, immediate family members may also apply. These scholarships are in memory of several amazing individuals who brought remarkable qualities and skills together in a way that truly touched the community they were dedicated to serving. Their efforts to make a difference in the lives of people with bleeding disorders will not be forgotten and shall be carried on with these scholarship opportunities. Awards are based on criteria including, but not limited to academic merit, reference letters and essay. A Scholarship Committee will review the applications and decide to whom the scholarships will be awarded. Applicants are not required to be past, current or future customers of Matrix Health Group or its companies.

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Matrix Health – Joe Holibaugh Memorial Scholarship

Two $1000 scholarships for MEN or WOMEN with hemophilia and an inhibitor

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Joe Holibaugh (1971-2006) was one of the founding figures of Matrix Health Group. Living with severe hemophilia and an inhibitor, Joe met many challenges. He faced these difficulties as opportunities to grow, embracing life fully with his entire being. Joe worked hard to impart this approach to others, bringing many together with his unique style of wit and humor. Joe’s work lives on in the hearts of his many friends and family who love him dearly. He will always be remembered for his strength, love and resolve to make a difference for the bleeding disorders community.

      

Matrix Health – Tim Kennedy Memorial Scholarship

Two $1000 scholarships for MEN with hemophilia

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Tim Kennedy (1962-2011) was a tenured employee at Matrix Health Group, and a respected name in the bleeding disorders community. Those who knew Tim remember him for his ability to make most anyone smile and share a hearty laugh. Though life had dealt him a rough hand, Tim kept an air about him that was truly inspiring. As a father and husband, the love he showed his two children and wife knew no bounds. As a friend, he was always ready to listen, share and comfort – most often with his signature sense of humor. As a member of the bleeding disorders community, Tim was devoted to helping his peers look past their health conditions and enjoy every moment of life for all that it’s worth.

      

Factor Support Network – Millie Gonzalez Memorial Scholarship

Two $1000 scholarships for WOMEN with hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease

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Millie Gonzalez (1953-2001) was a devoted wife and mother as well as a pioneer dedicated to advocacy, promoting the awareness of the unique struggles faced by women with bleeding disorders and those tasked with caring for an individual affected by a bleeding disorder. She was married to Papo Gonzalez, a person with severe hemophilia and well known advocate in his own right, who passed prior to Millie. She was a tireless advocate not only for women but also for persons of Hispanic heritage affected with bleeding disorders. She fought for the inclusion of all persons with bleeding disorders. Although her nature was loving, compassionate and gentle, Millie had the heart of a tiger and fought each day for her own survival while inspiring those around her to achieve and succeed.

      

Factor Support Network – Mike Hylton Memorial Scholarship

$1000 scholarship for MEN with hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease and their immediate family members

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Mike Hylton (1945-1998) was a man of great character and steadiness. Mike faced some of the most physically daunting and mortal challenges that people with severe hemophilia could encounter. During the blood crisis of the 1980s, Mike met the challenges he faced with class and a concern for others not only in the bleeding disorder community, but also those affected with HIV. He was a thoughtful, analytical and spiritual individual – patient and tolerant of others, but certainly willing and capable to express his opinions and beliefs. While some felt it was more important to speak, he knew that it was more effective to listen. Mike found great comfort in his faith and family.

      

Factor Support Network – Ron Niederman Memorial Scholarship

$1000 scholarship for MEN with hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease and their immediate family members

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Ron Niederman (1950-1999) was born when treatment for persons with bleeding disorders was nonexistent predisposing him as with many of his generation to a lifetime of pain, struggle for better care, and the fight against stigma and prejudice. Living with severe hemophilia, Ron endured challenges well beyond that of most and faced each with grace and an air of, “I can handle that, no problem.” He exemplified the meaning of compassion towards others, action in his words and deeds, and practiced more than preached what it meant to be an advocate locally and nationally. He was a great friend to all that knew him and always a trusted source of advice and wisdom. Ron’s commitment to the bleeding disorder community was surpassed only by his love for his family.

      

Homecare For The Cure – Mark Coats Memorial Scholarship

$1000 scholarship for MEN and WOMEN with a bleeding disorder and their immediate family members

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Mark Coats (1956-1963) was just a child when he passed from hemophilia-related issues. He was born in an entirely different era of bleeding disorder treatment and was not able to live a near normal life as most people with hemophilia do today. With his smiling eyes and sweet grin, we are reminded that every child deserves a chance to lead a full and happy life. We look to Mark as a reminder of what living with a bleeding disorder was like not that long ago, how blessed we are to have the treatments we have today and just how important it is that we continue our quest to find a cure for hemophilia.

      

Application Requirements:

  • Specific eligibility requirement per scholarship:

    • Matrix Health – Joe Holibaugh Memorial Scholarship:
      For MEN or WOMEN with hemophilia and an inhibitor

    • Matrix Health – Tim Kennedy Memorial Scholarship:
      For MEN with hemophilia

    • Factor Support Network – Millie Gonzalez Memorial Scholarship:
      For WOMEN with hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease

    • Factor Support Network – Mike Hylton Memorial Scholarship:
      For MEN with hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease and immediate family members

    • Factor Support Network – Ron Neiderman Memorial Scholarship:
      For MEN with hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease and immediate family members

    • Homecare For The Cure – Mark Coats Memorial Scholarship:
      For MEN and WOMEN with a bleeding disorder and immediate family members

  • Must be a United States resident

  • Must have applied and been accepted to an accredited college, university or technical school in the United States on a full-time basis (12 credit hours or more)

  • Must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale during entire senior year of high school or current year of college or graduate school

  • Must submit copy of transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores

  • Must submit two letters of recommendation (copies acceptable); one from a teacher, instructor, professor or school administrator and one from an employer, church leader, volunteer coordinator, or other professional person

  • Outline of work experience

  • Outline of school activities, class offices, band, athletics, clubs, school publications, civic organizations, volunteer work, etc. Outline may be substituted with a resume

  • Signed Certification and Release

  • Employees and family members affiliated with Matrix Health Group are not eligible to apply

Please type or print in ink all information requested. Signed applications and supporting materials must be received by August 1st. The Scholarship Award Committee will meet in early September to make a final decision. The applicants awarded the scholarships will be notified by the end of September.

Late applications or those missing required information will not be considered. Please mail your complete scholarship application packet to:

Matrix Health Group Memorial Scholarship Programs
c/o Maria Vetter
2202 Brownstone Court
Champaign, IL 61822

For questions, please call, text or email Maria Vetter:

217-840-1033
maria.vetter@matrixhealthgroup.com

            
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