NEW BRITAIN â€“ The late Michael Timuraâ€™s goal to advance local studentsâ€™ pursuit of careers in healthcare continues as the Hospital for Special Care honored eight area students for their academic achievements in medicine, physical therapy and nursing this month.
HFSC presented nearly $35,000 in scholarship awards.
The largest Florence Timura Medical Student Scholarship award of $12,000 was received by Ndidi Enwereji, of Hamden. Enwereji is a fourth-year medical student at Quinnipiac University, Frank H. Netter School of Medicine (2023). Grace Cioffi, of Brookfield, received the second largest award, which was a $6,000 Florence Timura Physical Therapy Scholarship. Cioffi is pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Sacred Heart University (2024).
HFSC also announced the annual nursing scholarships at its annual meeting.
The recipients include Laiba Shahzad, of Newington, who received a $3,000 Rona Botwinick Nursing Scholarship. Laiba is a student at the University of Saint Joseph (2026). Rylee Cop, of East Berlin, who received a $3,000 Florence Timura Nursing Scholarship, is a student at the University of Hartford (2026). Christine Nguyen, of Newington, received a $2,750 Dr. Michael Timura, III Nursing Scholarship. Nguyen is a student at the University of Saint Joseph (2026). Megan Crean, of Plantsville, received a $2,750 Paul Sutula Nursing Scholarship. Crean is a student at Sacred Heart University (2026). Jenaya Evelyn, of New Britain, received a $2,500 John Timura Nursing Scholarship. Evelyn is a student at the University of Connecticut (2026). Charai Bellini, of Berlin, received a $2,500 Elizabeth Timura Gold Star Mother Nursing Scholarship. Bellini is a student at Capital Community College (2025).
Timura, a longtime friend, business associate and hospital benefactor, established multiple scholarships at the Hospital for Special Care in honor of a member of his family, including his wife Florence. His contributions support these annual awards. He also established a professional development fund for Certified Nursing Assistants at HFSC to support training programs for these helping professionals at the hospital.
Allen Botwinickâ€™s contributions honored his wife Rona through the Rona Botwinick Nursing Scholarship.