Presbyterian Homes Grants Inaugural Elizabeth Breuer Scholarship

Posted by Presbyterian Homes on Mar 21, 2016 4:35:00 PM


Woman’s Board Awards Educational Funds to Committed Staffer

Evanston, Ill. – March 21, 2016 – Today, the Woman’s Board of Presbyterian Homes announced that the first-ever Elizabeth Breuer Memorial Scholarship, which will be granted periodically by a special committee to worthy employees of Westminster Place, was awarded to Xiaoli (Lily) Zhou, the full-time nurse at The Frank B. Foster Pavilion for Memory Care on the Westminster Place campus, the Presbyterian Homes community in Evanston.

 The Woman’s Board’s Nursing Scholarship Fund, which administers this and other scholarship funds, was established in 1999 to help nursing employees of Westminster Place continue their educations and maintain or improve their nursing skills in order to enhance the care of campus residents. The Elizabeth Breuer Memorial Scholarship was created in 2014 in memory of Elizabeth Scheithauer Breuer, a former nurse and longtime resident of Westminster Place, who left a generous bequest to the Woman’s Board. To date, the Woman’s Board Scholarship Fund has helped nearly 30 employees with more than $87,000 in educational resources.    

 Wilmette resident Ms. Zhou, who originally hails from Dalian, Liaoning in China, has worked at Westminster Place for five years, and is earning her BSN degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her career aspirations include becoming “an expert in long-term care and dementia care.” As the inaugural recipient of the Breuer scholarship, Ms. Zhou is well on her way to achieving these educational goals and is honored to be the first recipient of this accolade.

 “The Geneva Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Presbyterian Homes, inspires gifts of all sizes that together can have a great impact on the lives of both residents and employees, said Senior Director of Development Lisa Schiro, The Geneva Foundation. “Our organization’s mission of generosity has only strengthened since its inception more than a century ago, and our commitment to the future leaders in senior care, like Ms. Zhou, is an ideal example of that.”


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