MAILED: June 13, 2001
EAU CLAIRE - April Saline, a junior
social work major from New Hope, Minn., was recently awarded a $500 Karin
Kopisch Memorial Scholarship.
While battling breast cancer, Karin Kopisch
received care from the hospice program in Eau Claire. Before she died in 1992,
she decided to support the work of hospice care for cancer patients by
dedicating her funds to scholarships for students with an interest in the field.
This was the final award.
"It was an honor to receive this award
and a great opportunity to do further research in hospice care, which is of
particular interest to me," Saline said.
Saline's high grade-point average and
scholarly paper on social workers in hospice earned her the award.
"The knowledge I gained while writing the
required paper inspired me to continue to learn more about hospice social
work," Saline said. "Since then I have taken a death and bereavement
class and have become a hospice volunteer."
Saline has volunteer experiences at Mt.
Washington Residence and L.E. Phillips Senior Center and is currently
volunteering at Northwest Wisconsin Home Care. She works at Syverson Lutheran
Home as an activity assistant and at Home Instead Senior Care providing elderly
Saline also recently received the Lloyd and
Jeanette Piper Scholarship, awarded to a social work major for academic
excellence and service.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: June 13, 2001