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Philippe Forton Scholarship

1 winner$2,500
Application Deadline
Jul 6, 2024
Winners Announced
Aug 6, 2024
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior
Desired Career Field:

“Compassion is an action word with no boundaries.” - Prince 

Philippe Forton was a loving and compassionate husband and father. After receiving a heart transplant in 2016, he had many interactions with medical personnel. Philippe passed away in 2022, but having compassionate nurses by his side made a world of difference for him. 

The Philippe Forton Scholarship aims to honor Philippe by supporting high school seniors pursuing nursing in post-secondary education. 

High school seniors pursuing a degree in nursing may apply. 

To apply, please respond to the essay topic below.

Selection Criteria:
Published April 5, 2024
Essay Topic

Please write about a situation you are personally aware of involving someone treating another person compassionately. Maybe you were the one who gave compassion; perhaps you received compassion; maybe you witnessed compassionate interaction. This could be about, but is not limited to, medical situations. Also, describe how the situation affected you.

400–600 words

Winning Application

Vivian Nji
Rowan-Cabarrus Community CollegeLandis, NC
One situation that comes to mind involving compassionate treatment is when I witnessed a nurse treating an elderly patient with exceptional kindness and care. The patient was a family friend who had recently been admitted to the hospital for a serious illness, and I had gone to visit him. As soon as we entered the room, I could see the compassion and empathy in the nurse's eyes. She greeted us warmly and took the time to introduce herself and ask about the patient's condition. Throughout the visit, I watched as the nurse went above and beyond to provide exceptional care for the patient. She took the time to listen to his concerns and to answer his questions, and she was incredibly patient and gentle in her approach. She made sure that he was comfortable, that he had everything he needed, and that he understood the treatment plan. She also took the time to check in with us as visitors, making sure that we were comfortable and that we had everything we needed. The compassionate treatment that the nurse provided had a profound impact on me. It was clear that she truly cared about the patient, and that her actions were driven by a genuine desire to help him feel better. Her kindness and empathy were a stark contrast to some of the other medical professionals we had encountered during the patient's hospitalization, who had been impersonal and rushed. Watching her in action made me realize how much of a difference compassionate treatment can make, not just in terms of patient outcomes, but also in terms of the patient's overall experience and quality of life. The situation also had a profound impact on the patient. Despite his illness, he seemed to be at ease in the presence of the nurse, and I could see that he felt reassured and comforted by her care. Her kindness and compassion helped to alleviate some of the fear and anxiety that he was experiencing, and it made a significant difference in his recovery. In conclusion, the situation of witnessing a nurse treating an elderly patient with exceptional kindness and care had a significant impact on me. It made me realize the power of a compassionate treatment in healthcare and how it can make a difference in the patient's overall experience and quality of life. It also made me appreciate the importance of empathy and kindness in all aspects of life, and it reminded me of the value of treating others with compassion and respect, regardless of their circumstances.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jul 6, 2024. Winners will be announced on Aug 6, 2024.