Saturday, May 21, 2022

OPAF Announces Dale Yasukawa Scholarship Winner

Robin Burton

The Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund, Inc. (OPAF) is pleased to
announce that Heide Jeske, CO, is the winner of the 2006 Dale Yasukawa
Memorial Scholarship. Heide is completing her prosthetic certification
program at Northwestern University this spring and will serve her prosthetic
residency at the University of California, San Francisco. Jeske completed
her orthotics certification program at Northwestern in 2000 and has worked
as a volunteer in Quito, Ecuador.

“Heidi is the type of individual that we seek to honor with the Dale
Yasukawa Scholarship. She has been well educated through the Northwestern
University programs and has already begun to give back to those in need,”
says Robin Burton, OPAF Executive Director.

Dale Yasukawa, CP who died on November 22, 2001 at the age of 43, served as
Director of Prosthetics at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) in
the department of Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinical Services. He began his
work with RIC in 1988 as a physical therapy aid. In 1990, he joined the O&P
clinical services department, and in 1991 Yasukawa attended the Northwestern
University prosthetics certificate program. He became an ABC-certified
prosthetist in 1993 and throughout his career worked with patients of all
ages – children, young adults, and geriatrics. Yasukawa was involved in the
Midwest Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists for
over seven years, completing his service as immediate past president in
In cooperation with Linda Yasukawa, PT, MS, OPAF has created a scholarship
program connected to Dale’s memorial fund.
This scholarship program is currently open to all full-time certificate
candidates enrolled in Northwestern University’s Prosthetic Orthotic Center
(NUPOC) during the fall 2005 and spring 2006 terms. The chief purpose of the
scholarship is to encourage student participation in the annual meeting of
the Midwest Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
(AAOP). It is expected that the award will be used specifically to defray
Midwest Chapter meeting registration fees and assist in the purchasing of
books, supplies, and equipment needed for ongoing studies at NUPOC.
Candidates should also share the same high standards for quality care and
compassion for which Dale was so well known.
Congratulations to Heidi Jeske, CO!

Robin Burton
Executive Director
Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund, Inc.
750 Bridgeview Road
Langhorne, PA 19053
Fax: 215-752-5759
[email protected]


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