Sara Corning in her nurse's uniform

YHF announces $5000 nursing scholarship in honour of ‘hometown hero’ Sara Corning

Yarmouth Hospital Foundation (YHF) is excited to announce the creation of a new annual $5000 YHF Sara Corning Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity (EDI) Scholarship at Dalhousie University’s School of Nursing for students of under-represented backgrounds at the Yarmouth Campus, starting this fall.

In considering addressing the ongoing need for more nurses, Yarmouth Hospital Foundation has decided to develop an annual equity, diversity, and inclusivity scholarship. “With the current rising need of healthcare workers there is an opportunity for Yarmouth Hospital Foundation to create another Nursing Scholarship,” notes Board Chair Neil LeBlanc. “To do so in a way that can help those who have been disadvantaged over the years is an important way to honour Sara Corning’s legacy and to assist in our community.”

The Foundation Board believes that it is especially appropriate to dedicate this scholarship to Corning, not only as a great nurse, but a great proponent of the power of education to change lives. She is noted to have said that “The hope for the future of all nations is education.” Through funding this scholarship, Yarmouth Hospital Foundation hopes to ensure the memory of this great Yarmouthian will live on as an example to us all. More details to come in the spring.

Dr. Shelley Cobbett, site administrator of the Yarmouth campus of the Dalhousie University School of Nursing, is thrilled by the new scholarship. “The creation of this scholarship represents an important initiative toward enhancing diversity and inclusivity within our nursing student population and ultimately the nursing profession. Sara Corning was the epitome of a committed nurse, extraordinarily humble—and we are certain she would be honoured to know that we continue to advance her mission in her home town of Yarmouth.”

Sara Corning (1872-1969) was a Canadian nurse and humanitarian from the Yarmouth area who served as a Red Cross nurse in the First World War. She is recognised across Canada and the world for saving the lives of thousands of Armenian and Greek children during an upheaval in Turkey in 1922, and as a figure of service and compassion. Her legacy is celebrated by the Sara Corning Society and the Sara Corning Centre for Genocide Education (in Toronto) and now by Yarmouth Hospital Foundation’s Sarah Corning Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity (EDI) Scholarship.

Yarmouth Hospital Foundation provides funding at Yarmouth Regional Hospital for essential hospital equipment and services, supports the Physician Recruitment and Retention project for Southwest Nova Scotia, as well as the Dalhousie University South West Nova Family Medicine Residency Program. In addition to the Sara Corning EDI Scholarship, YHF administrates five other nursing scholarships as a way of investing in the future of healthcare.


Donations to the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation may be made in the following ways:

  • Email/e-transfer:
  • Online:
  • Mail: Yarmouth Hospital Foundation, PO Box 7, Yarmouth, NS, B5A 4B


For more information, contact:

Neil LeBlanc, Chair, Yarmouth Hospital Foundation

Or: Mary Surette, Managing Director, Yarmouth Hospital Foundation