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Support Educational Opportunities for NYC Home Care Workers

Basil Paterson Scholarship for
Home Care
Workers

Please note that donations are payable to the 1199SEIU Home Care Industry Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations collected on this page will be credited to the Basil Paterson Scholarship Program. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted under the Internal Revenue Code.

Home care workers are the unsung heroes of the medical profession—a vital part of our communities helping keep families together. They care for the most vulnerable among us with compassion: our sick parents, our elderly grandparents and disabled children—assisting them with everything from dressing and meal preparation to eating and bathing.

Even those fortunate to be members of 1199SEIU—who enjoy the benefits the union provides them—struggle to earn a living wage while working long and unpredictable hours at tasks that are physically, mentally and emotionally challenging.

About Basil Paterson

Basil Paterson, for more than 60 years, devoted his life to public service and the welfare of workers. The Basil Paterson Scholarship pays tribute to Basil’s legacy and his unwavering support of 1199SEIU Home Care workers.

Basil understood that Home Care workers are not paid commensurate with the difficulty of their work and, in his words, “never got a chance when they started.”

Without the essential services provided every day by Home Care workers, many patients would no longer be able to live in the comfort and safety of their own homes.

Basil believed strongly in the educational scholarship that bears his name and felt that those who worked so hard to provide care to the most needy among us deserved the opportunity to realize their dreams.

He was immensely proud of the recipients it helps – recipients like Doreen Ankrah, a proud 2015 alumna of the Basil Paterson Scholarship Program.
 

Doreen Ankrah: 2015 Alumna

Doreen AnkrahDoreen was raised by her aunt in Ghana. After graduating from high school, she enrolled in a health assistant certificate program. During her training, Doreen provided care to a cousin experiencing epileptic episodes. Being able to improve the quality of life for her cousin gave her a sense of purpose and led her to seek work within a hospital, but with limited funds, few options to further her education were available.

After arriving in the United States, Doreen trained as a Home Health Aide and worked for a year, all while keeping the inspiration of caring for her patients close to her heart. The path to her dreams would not prove easy, but receiving the Basil Paterson Scholarship was a well-deserved catalyst for her success.

Since receiving her scholarship, Doreen has completed her Associate’s degree at Bronx Community College with a 3.8 GPA and is now enrolled in Lehman College’s nursing program.

Doreen credits the Basil Paterson Scholarship with helping her achieve her dream of becoming the first member of her family to earn a college degree.

We hope you will join us in support of scholarships for more Home Care workers.

Admissions & Counseling
Accessing Career Counseling
& Tuition Assistance
Workshops
Frequently Asked Questions
Adult Education Videos
College Programs
Educational Programs for Nursing
Forgivable Loan Program
Health Careers College Core Curriculum (HC4)
Tuition Assistance for Degree Programs
How to Apply
Tuition Reimbursement
Tuition Vouchers
Continuing Education and Certificate Programs
Certificate Programs
Institute for Continuing Education
Seminars and Symposiums
Prep Courses - Licensing and Certification Exams
Other Seminars and Short Courses
Gerontology
Reimbursement
Educational Support Services
Learning Center
Tutoring
Employment Center
Institute for Continuing Education
Job Security
Communications Program
Extended Healthcare Benefits
Job Counseling and Placement
Job Search Workshop
Short-Term Training
Supplemental Unemployment Benefits Pay
Labor Management Project
Healthcare Reform: Quality Through Collaboration
Healthcare Reform Learning Symposium Workshops
Partnership Case Studies
Quality Care Community
Pre-College Programs
College Preparation
English as a Second Language (ESL)
High School Completion
Pre-LPN Program
Spanish GED
Programs for Immigrants
Citizenship
Skills Training
Care Coordination
Spanish for Healthcare Workers
Training for Employed RNs
ACLS, PALS and Child Abuse
Conference and CEU Reimbursement
Job-to-Job Program
Nurse of Distinction Awards
Specialty Review Courses
Home Care Industry Education Fund
Basil Paterson Scholarship Program
Bronx Healthcare Learning Collaborative
Yankee Game Fundraiser
General Enrollment Form
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