Eddie Higgins Scholarship Winner
Eddie Higgins Scholarship Winner

Calvary Hospital Awards 2013 Eddie Higgins
Scholarships to Nickita Bennett

BRONX, NY, August 2013 -- Calvary Hospital recently awarded the 2013 Eddie Higgins Scholarship to an outstanding student, Nickita Bennett. Ms. Bennett’s father, Keble Bennett, is a 5-year Calvary veteran who currently works in the Hospital’s Nutritional Services Department. To win the scholarship, Nickita had to both demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, and the determination and spirit of Eddie Higgins.
            Nickita, 17, is a graduate of the Bronx Collegiate Academy. During her time at the Bronx Academy, she was elected as a member of the Honor Society, participated in the competitive sport of Track & Field and was part of the Dance Club where she performed in various dance competitions. Nickita also contributed her time to the Foreign Language and Journalism club, volunteered as a tutor and spearheaded the Children’s Toy Drive at her school. This fall, she matriculates at Borough of Manhattan Community College CUNY for a major in Nursing. Nickita’s goal is to obtain a Master’s Degree and become a Pediatric Nurse. Nickita and her family reside in the University Heights section of 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 of 29. Eddie is remembered for his love of God and his remarkable courage despite his illness. Calvary has given the annual scholarship since 1985.

Calvary presented the 2013 Eddie Higgins Scholarship to Nickita Bennett.
Pictured from left to right:
  • Richard Kutilek, Chief Operating Officer;
  • Keble Bennett, Nickita’s father;
  • Nickita Bennett; and
  • Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary. 
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 6,000 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 www.calvaryhospital.org.

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