Matrix Health Group offers nine $1000 scholarships to assist individuals with bleeding disorders seeking higher education. These scholarships honor the memory of several individuals who touched the bleeding disorder community in unique ways. Additionally, this program aligns with the commitment we hold to Enrichment, one of five Guiding Principles forming the backbone of our company value system. The scholarships made available by Matrix Health Group are unique in several ways. Each is offered exclusively to several demographics within the bleeding disorder community including men, women, inhibitor patients, and immediate family members.
Our streamlined application process allows interested parties to complete one simple application for multiple scholarships offered. Plus, in addition to tuition, these scholarship funds can be applied toward books, housing, and other college-related expenses. Awards are based on criteria including academic merit, reference letter, and essay. An impartial 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 family of companies.
Two $1000 scholarships for MEN and WOMEN with hemophilia AND an inhibitor
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.
Two $1000 scholarships for MEN with hemophilia
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 it’s worth.
Two $1000 scholarship for WOMEN with hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease
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.
$1000 scholarship for MEN with hemophilia or von Willebrand disease, and their immediate family members
Mike Hylton (1945-1998) was a man of great character and steadiness. He faced some of the most physically daunting and mortal challenges that people with severe hemophilia could encounter. During the blood crisis of the 1980’s, Mike met the challenges 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.
$1000 scholarship for MEN with hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease and their immediate family members
Ron Niederman (1950-1999) was born when treatment for persons with bleeding disorders was largely nonexistent. Many of his generation faced a lifetime of pain and a great struggle for better care, while fighting against stigma and prejudice associated with having HIV in the 1980’s. Living with severe hemophilia, Ron endured challenges well beyond that of most, and faced each with grace. 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. He was a great friend and a trusted source of advice and wisdom to all that knew him. Ron’s commitment towards the bleeding disorder community was surpassed only by his love for his family.
$1000 scholarship for MEN and WOMEN with Hemophilia
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.
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: