Fund Spotlight – Robin Bradley Memorial Funds
Robin Bradley had spent her life achieving personal goals, sharing laughter with family and friends, and traveling with her soulmate Ty. Just over a year ago, Robin, Ty and two close friends went snowmobiling at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. While there, Robin broke her leg in a snowmobiling accident. While Robin was healing, she developed several blood clots (unbeknownst to her) and tragically died seven weeks later, due to a pulmonary embolism at the age of 48.
Robin loved to learn and graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Services. She then continued her education (while working as a nurse anaesthetist) and graduated with a MBA in Healthcare Management from CMU. After the many years of working in the medical field, she decided that she wanted to earn her medical law degree to be an advocate for patients’ rights and was in the process of earning that degree when she died. Robin had a true passion for helping others and spent her entire life enthralled with education and learning. She would encourage anyone and everyone she met, to fulfill their dreams and pursue their passions, at ANY AGE! But she also had a great understanding that not everyone is able to attend college right out of high school.
To honor her, family and friends established two new funds at the Community Foundation for Oceana County. The Robin Bradley Memorial Advised Fund will support programs and projects that made a difference in Robin’s life, such as animals, fitness, and 4-H. The Robin Bradley Memorial Scholarship Fund will support ongoing awards to graduating seniors and adult learners from Oceana County and graduating seniors from her hometown high school in Yale, MI.
Robin’s Scholarship Fund was recently selected by the Oceana Women Who Care group for their collective $15,000 to provide even more scholarships for Oceana County women, of any age, to pursue their education dreams. Up to eight women will be identified to receive a $1,000 scholarship in 2019 and another seven in 2020. With the majority of scholarships directed to graduating seniors, this will help fill a needed resource to area women returning to college, trying to advance their career options and earnings.
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