Calvary Awards 2011 Eddie Higgins Scholarship
Calvary Awards 2011 Eddie Higgins Scholarship

Calvary Hospital Awards 2011 Eddie Higgins
Scholarships to Rusean Francis and Paola Lombardo

BRONX, NY, August 2011 -- Calvary Hospital recently awarded the 2011 Eddie Higgins Scholarship to two outstanding students, Rusean Francis and Paola Lombardo.  Mr. Francis' mother, Jacqueline Thompson, is an 8-year veteran who currently works at Calvary's Brooklyn Campus located at Lutheran Medical Center.  Ms. Lombardo's father, Guy, works in the Hospital's Facilities Management Department.  To win the scholarship, Rusean and Paola had to both demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, and the determination and spirit of Eddie Higgins.

            Rusean, 18, is a graduate of the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice in Brooklyn, NY.  During Rusean's time at Urban Assembly, he played JV basketball, Varsity Soccer, participated in Junior Statesmen of America, and Futures and Options (a program that empowers New York City's youth to explore careers and guides them to further their education and become productive citizens of the community).  This fall, he matriculates at St. Francis College in Brooklyn for an undergraduate degree in Accounting.  Rusean's goal is to obtain a Master's Degree and become an accountant.  Rusean and his family reside in Brooklyn.

            Paola, 17, is a graduate of Preston High School in The Bronx.  During her time at Preston, she was president of the Italian Honor Society, played JV Volleyball, participated in Varsity Cheerleading, and was part of "Ladies of Color" (a club in which members learn more about diversity and the African American Culture).  This fall, she matriculates at the Pleasantville Pace University Campus for an undergraduate degree in nursing.  Her career goal is to attend medical school and become a nurse practitioner specializing in oncology.  Paola and her family reside in the Bronx.

            The Eddie Higgins Scholarship is named after a cherished member of the Calvary family who came to the hospital as a young boy.  Eddie was hospitalized intermittently for 15 years at Calvary until his death in 1982 at the age 29.  Eddie is remembered for his love of God and his remarkable courage despite his illness.  Calvary has given the annual scholarship since 1985.

Scholarhip winner Paola Lombardo and her father, Guy Lombardo, pictured with the following Calvary executives (left to right): 
  • Richard J. Kutilek, Chief Operating Officer; and
  • Frank A. Calamari, President and CEO.

Scholarship winner Rusean Francis and his mother, Jacqueline Thompson, pictured with the following Calvary executives (left to right): 
  • Richard J. Kutilek, Chief Operating Officer; and
  • Frank A. Calamari, President and CEO.

Calvary Hospital is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced cancer patients. A 225-bed facility with locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Calvary is the model for the relief of cancer pain and symptoms for more than a century. More than 5,700 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home, hospice, nursing home hospice, and wound care services. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to  



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