Elliot Grady, Wryan Helmeczi, Emma Hudson, and Christina Weber have exemplified what it means it be student leaders – both in medical school and in their communities, and they have each been awarded a Niagara Health Medical Staff Association Medical Student Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarships are presented annually to graduating medical students of the Niagara Regional Campus of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine who show commitment to practice in the Niagara Region. Recipients are not required to be matched to a residency program in Niagara.

There are usually two scholarships awarded, but this year it is more.

“We have decided to give four scholarships this year. In this time of uncertainty there is one thing we can be sure of, our medical community is strong, dedicated and united, and these young students represent a bright future for the Niagara medical community,” said Maynard Luterman, president of the Niagara Health Medical Staff Association and an emergency medicine physician for Niagara Health.

This year’s honourees are active student leaders who found that embracing extracurricular activities and volunteering their time to help others shaped their experiences at the Niagara Regional Campus (NRC). All begin their medical residency programs on July 1.

Elliot Grady grew up in Niagara Falls. He has been a prominent member of the aquatic community and spent summers volunteering at Niagara Health, which fostered his interest in medicine. The NRC will be his home base for his residency in rural family medicine in Grimsby stream at McMaster University.

Wryan Helmeczi credits his childhood of growing up in Niagara for getting involved in the community from an early age. He volunteered with Pathstone Mental Health, Niagara Health and Brock University. His interests lie in geriatric medicine and he is going to do his internal medicine residency at the University of Ottawa.

Emma Hudson was heavily involved with Community Care in St. Catharines which serves the community’s most vulnerable people, and that sparked her passion for working with underprivileged populations in her future practice. She starts her family medicine residency at Queen’s University.  

Christina Weber grew up in Grimsby and always knew she would set up practice in Niagara. In high school, she completed more than 500 hours of volunteer work in the Niagara Region, notably helping rally her community to raise $81,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. She too will still have the NRC as her home base for her rural family medicine residency in the Grimsby stream at McMaster.

“The Niagara Regional Campus is grateful for the support and generosity of the Niagara Health Medical Staff Association through these student awards and so many other activities that help support our faculty members, engage our learners and make Niagara a wonderful place to practice medicine,” said Amanda Bell, regional assistant dean of the Niagara Regional Campus.