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Enhancing the Health and Welfare

of Central Bucks County and Surrounding Communities

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The VIA is an active organization that relies on continued member-and-community support to hold events that engage our constituents. It offers educational programs at monthly meetings and fundraising events. Consider attending a meeting, enjoying an event or lending a hand to make it all happen. Membership meetings are held monthly October through June. Each meeting begins with an information or entertaining presentation and is then followed with on overview of VIA recent and upcoming activities.

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Congratulations to our 2024 Teen Scholarship & Award Winners!

June 4 - August 31


The VIA is committed to empowering others through education and offers several awards and scholarships for health-related college plans, leadership, kindness, and English composition.

Congratulations to our 2024 Scholarship & Award winners!

Hannah Pollock-Laura Haddock Scholarships

The Education Committee awards three Hannah Pollock-Laura Haddock Scholarships to graduating high school seniors who reside in the Central Bucks School District and have been accepted by a college or university to major in a human health-related program.  The scholarships honor two of the nurses first employed by the VIA in the 1910s.  Three $2,000 Hannah Pollock-Laura Haddock Scholarships were presented to students at their schools’ award ceremonies and announced at the annual VIA June luncheon.

The candidates were outstanding this year! After reviewing many worthy candidates, the recipients were:

Sanjay Nair (Central Bucks South) will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University in the Fall as a Biology Major + BS/MD, which is an 8-year Guaranteed Medical Program. He plans to become an Orthopedic Surgeon.

Beckam Polis (Central Bucks South) will be attending Syracuse University in the Fall as a triple major – Mathematics, Biology and Neuroscience, on the Pre-Med track. He plans to pursue a career in Pediatric Neurology.

Griffin Blokker (Central Bucks West) will be attending Bethel University as a Nursing Major. He plans to become a Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practitioner.

Ruth Boland Memorial Nursing Scholarship

The committee also evaluates senior high school nursing scholarship candidates and selects the recipient for the VIA Ruth Boland Memorial Nursing Scholarship which is financially supported by the family of late VIA President and former nurse Ruth Boland. As they have for many years, sisters Kathleen and Jeanne Boland contributed a $2,500 scholarship this year.

Emily White (Central Bucks South) will be attending Seton Hall University as a Nursing Major.

Hugh O’Brien Youth Scholarship

Since 1992, the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown has worked with the three Central Bucks School District high schools to identify outstanding sophomore students with promising leadership skills to attend the two-day HOBY Leadership seminars. “HOBY” stands for “Hugh O’Brien Youth.” Hugh O’Brian, best known for his acting role as Marshall Wyatt Earp in the 1950 TV series “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,” was a humanitarian as well. In 1958 O’Brian established the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation whose mission is “to inspire students to a life of leadership and service to their communities.” Today, the HOBY Foundation holds seminars nationwide and in many foreign countries with more than 12,000 students participating each year.

The 2024 winners of the $275 HOBY scholarship award are:
Delaney Rowe – Central Bucks South
Elly Gartenberg – Central Bucks West
Sarah MacLean – Central Bucks East


The VIA’s headquarters, the James-Lorah Memorial Home, is named in honor of the last two families who lived in the mansion. Miss Sara James, a founding member of the VIA, deeded the house and all its contents to the VIA in her will. Sarah’s sister, Martha James Lorah, established the Deed of Kindness Prize in her will to honor local youth. Her husband, the Reverend George Lorah, who was an amateur poet, established the George H. Lorah English Prize in his wife’s memory. Each student is presented with a $100 check.

The winner of the Martha James Lorah Prize for Deeds of Kindness was Rukhshona Suponkulova (CB West).
The winner of the Dr. George H. Lorah Prize in English was Eudora Demiri-Worman (CB West).

For more information on our scholarships and award programs, contact the VIA’s Education Committee.


June 4
August 31


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