The Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) announced that Brianne Bergeron is the winner of the 2014 Dale Yasukawa Scholarship. Bergeron will graduate from the Northwestern University Prosthetic-Orthotic Center (NUPOC), Chicago, Illinois, in March 2015. She earned her bachelor of science degree in kinesiology with a concentration in human movement from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
The $1,000 scholarship, which is maintained and awarded by OPAF in cooperation with Linda Yasukawa, PT, MS, is currently open to all full-time master’s level candidates enrolled at NUPOC, with the intent that the winner will use the funds to defray O&P meeting registration fees or to help offset education expenses.
“I have always believed I have a purpose, and as I have matured, I have learned that I have also been given a responsibility,” said Bergeron. “Through athletics, I have learned perseverance and self-discipline. Through campus organizations, I have served, led my peers, spoken publicly to large groups, and represented my universities.”
“We are very pleased with the selection of Brianne as the 2014 Dale Yasukawa Scholarship winner and believe that she will reflect the fine clinical work that has come to be recognized by all of our scholarship winners,” said Robin Burton, OPAF executive director.
The memorial fund was established at OPAF in November 2001 in the name of the late Yasukawa, CP.