News & stories, Investing in the future of health care

April 2023

For Yuna Im, receiving scholarship funding to support her passion of pursuing a career in health care has been a dream.

And now, thanks in part to receiving the Franklin MindCare Scholarship, she is that much closer to achieving her goal.

Yuna Im, Franklin MindCare Scholarship recipient.
Yuna Im, Franklin MindCare Scholarship recipient.

"As someone who grew up in a low-income household, affording post-secondary education has not always been easy, and tuition for medical school can be especially expensive."

-Yuna Im, Dalhousie medical student

“However, the fund provided by the Franklin MindCare scholarship has significantly reduced that financial burden.”

She is currently enrolled at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick. Following completion of her program, she wants to pursue a career related to mental health.

“I have been able to experience so many things that further strengthened my interest in mental health, such as my 12-week elective in child and adolescent psychiatry and my participation in Dalhousie’s summer psychiatry internship program,” says Ms. Im.

To meet rising human resource needs in the field of mental health, a scholarship managed by MindCare NB was established by two New Brunswick philanthropists, Janice Franklin and the late Mitchell Franklin.

The goal of the Franklin MindCare Scholarship is to foster excellence in mental-health care within New Brunswick by increasing the human-resource pool of skilled professionals.

These MindCare endowments are directly supported by donors just like you. And Ms. Im is grateful.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your generous support of students like myself and your commitment to our province’s mental health care system.”

Three other students pursuing studies in the mental health and addiction fields were also awarded MindCare scholarships in 2022.

MacKenzie Brimicombe, Isabelle Goguen and Gillian Dobson
MacKenzie Brimicombe, Isabelle Goguen and Gillian Dobson

MacKenzie Brimicombe, enrolled in nursing at the University of New Brunswick’s Saint John campus, Saint Thomas University student Isabelle Goguen, pursuing her Master of Social Work, and Gillian Dobson, a Master of Education in Counselling student at the University of New Brunswick Fredericton campus, each received awards to help further their studies in their respective fields.

For Ms. Brimicombe, the scholarship lifted a weight from her shoulders.

“Financial security allows me to focus more on my studies and working towards developing into the best nurse I can be,” she says. “I am immensely thankful.”

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