Susan Skinner Memorial Fund Scholarship

Now Accepting Applications

The Susan Skinner Memorial Fund Scholarship (SSMF) provides a unique opportunity for recipients to network and develop skills that can be used to empower themselves and others to advocate for the improved care of women with bleeding disorders in their communities and worldwide.

Deepen your engagement by enhancing your leadership skills and boosting your confidence to enact real change in your community. We’re looking for eight individuals who identify as women from 18 to 60 years old who are driven to advocate on behalf of women and the bleeding disorders community.

The mission of the SSMF scholarship program is to cultivate leadership and promote the engagement of women of all ages in the global bleeding disorders community through education, training, and networking.

Receive the opportunity of a lifetime to become the next leader in your community. SSMF scholarship program recipients will have the opportunity to attend the 2022 WFH World Congress held in Montreal, Canada. Apply today!

Accepting applications between October 11 to November 15, 2021.

As of 2021, applications to the SSMF Scholarship Program will be received online. Apply here.

Questions? Please contact us at [email protected].

The Susan Skinner Memorial Fund endowment supports the training and education of women with bleeding disorders. Scholarships are awarded every two years to US and international recipients and cover their participation in the WFH World Congress, Global National Member Organization Training and Annual General Assembly.

In 2022, these events will take place in the city of Montreal, Canada between May 6 and 11.

Transportation and Travel

  • Return economy class round trip airfare
  • Ground transportation on arrival from airport to the hotel and also on departure from the hotel to the airport
  • Daily shuttle service to/from the hotel and Convention Center, if required.


  • Hotel accommodation in single occupancy (exceptionally approved due to COVID-19)


  • Breakfast: included in hotel
  • Lunch: either at the hotel or convention center
  • Dinner: either provided as part of event or in a per diem basis.


  • Global NMO Training and WFH World Congress registration fee


  • A treatment room (medical personnel & treatment will be available on-site)
  • PCR test fees (exceptionally approved due to COVID-19)

Items NOT covered by the SSMF Scholarship:

  • Transportation between your home and the airport (departure and arrival)
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Medical and travel insurance (it is mandatory that you obtain both of these)
  • Hotel room incidentals (e.g. Internet access, telephone calls, laundry, room service, mini bar or pay-per-view movies)
  • Costs associated with early arrivals or late departures unless otherwise approved by WFH


  1. Be an individual with a bleeding disorder who consistently lives and identifies as women and/or be a carrier.
  2. Be between 18-60 years old.
  3. Be an active volunteer or staff member who also supports the community beyond their work of a WFH National Member Organization (NMO) or a chapter of a WFH NMO who recognizes a need to increase skills and networking.
  4. Be committed to continue supporting the work of the WFH National Member Organization (NMO) or chapter of the WFH NMO in the country.
  5. Be committed to working with others to support the development of women in leadership positions within the bleeding disorders community.
  6. Demonstrate a minimum intermediate level of English fluency (interviews will be conducted).
  7. Be an individual who has not been a past recipient of the SSMF Scholarship.
  8. If chosen as a recipient of the SSMF, be willing to accept the terms of the scholarship (terms and conditions to follow).
  9. Be able to follow a conference virtually (internet connectivity, access, ability to troubleshoot or find support locally, etc.).
  10. Be able to undertake international travel (valid passport, ability to apply for a visa).

Supporting documents - Recommendations

NMO/Chapter letter of recommendation

NMO/Chapters should answer all questions below, include the final statement provided and be signed and dated

  1. How long has the applicant been active in your organization?
  2. What positions has the applicant held during the above-mentioned time period?
  3. Describe the applicant’s current involvement in your organization.
  4. Please explain how you will support the applicant’s involvement and development in your NMO/Chapter after they return from Congress.
  5. Final statement: As (Name of NMO/Chapter) we commit to support the ongoing involvement and development of (Applicant’s name) following the completion of the SSMF Scholarship Program.

Personal letter of recommendation
From a mentor or somebody who has had an influence in your life: work supervisor/volunteering supervisor/a teacher/etc.

The individual providing this recommendation should include name, email address and telephone number. The relationship type should also be clearly stated in the letter.

Terms and Conditions

  1. All the information provided to the WFH is real and accurate and can be proved. If information provided is proven to be fake or altered, the WFH reserves the right to revoke the scholarship.
  2. Potential Scholarship recipients must agree to participate in a virtual interview with members of the selection committee as part of the selection process.
  3. The scholarship has typically been an in-person experience, however, in the event of extreme circumstances (natural disaster, health pandemic, political instability, safety concerns, etc.), the WFH reserves the right to cancel the scholarship and/or offer an alternative experience either in-person or virtually.
  4. All travelling documents (passports), visas, vaccines, and insurances for travelling nationally and internationally are a responsibility of the scholarship recipient (process completion and costs).
  5. In the event of a virtual experience, all connectivity devices and services are a responsibility of the scholarship recipient. The WFH could provide assistance on a case-by-case basis, if required.
  6. Scholars must participate in all sessions, events and activities planned.
  7. Scholarship recipients must agree on documenting their experience (in person or virtual) to be able to provide a post scholarship report, including photos and videos.
  8. An online survey post-scholarship must be completed by all scholarship recipients.
  9. Scholarship recipients are expected to serve as mentors to future cohorts at least once, providing future scholarship recipients with tips and support in preparation for their experience. Additionally, be willing to help promote and support the program when possible.


  1. Applications must be submitted by November 15, 2021.
  2. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required information and documents are submitted by the set deadline.
  3. Applications will not be considered complete until all information and documents have been submitted. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
  4. Selected applications will move forward, and applicants will be contacted for an interview.
  5. Scholarship recipients will be contacted by email and receive an acceptance letter.

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The fund commemorates the late Susan Skinner, an American woman determined to ensure the availability of safe and effective treatment for her two sons. The WFH USA is deeply grateful to Mr. Thomas Skinner who created the fund, family members and friends as well as organizations in the bleeding disorder community who continue to support the fund.

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