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Mercy Foundation Announces Abdu Scholarship

Mercy Foundation Announces Abdu Scholarship


Contact: Maraline Kubik
Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley (330) 729.3805

March 12, 2020 (YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio) Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley will introduce a new endowed scholarship this year as part of its annual nursing scholarship program.

Rashid Abdu, M.D., founder of the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, endowed the scholarship in honor and in memory of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary. Inspired by the Sisters’ deep devotion to nursing and caring for the poor, and in recognition of the value of excellent nursing care, Abdu established the scholarship to help the next generation of caregivers achieve their goals.

Preference will be given to students enrolled at Mercy College of Ohio, Youngstown campus; Mercy Health Youngstown employees pursuing a BSN at any accredited university are also eligible.

The Rashid Abdu M.D. Scholarship in Honor and in Memory of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary will be awarded based on academic achievement, financial need, recommendation of the student’s college or university, and the student’s aspirations and motivations.

Ode to the Sisters

By your work and your lives, you showed us the way. For your help and guidance, we can never repay. Your souls are in heaven with the Lord we praise. Your legacy on Earth, no one can erase.

You touched our lives with your thoughts and your deeds, In our minds and in our thoughts, you planted the seeds. Forever and ever they will continue to grow,
And before we leave, to others we’ll bestow.

For your generosity, prayers and gentle touch, We in the Mahoning Valley thank you so much. With deep gratitude and love,

Rashid A. Abdu, M.D.

For a scholarship application or information on how to support this program, call Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley: 330-729-1180. Deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 30.


Photo caption:

Rashid A. Abdu, M.D., Sister Margaret Ebin and Sister Mary Margaret Siegfried share a common mission: to provide compassionate care to anyone in need, regardless of ability to pay. They are at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital in front of a carving of St. Elizabeth distributing bread to the hungry.

About Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley and Mercy Health Youngstown

Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley is the philanthropic arm of Mercy Health Youngstown, an integrated health system in the Mahoning Valley. It encompasses the Youngstown/Warren metropolitan area Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties in Ohio. It is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health, one of the five largest Catholic health systems in the United States. Mercy Health Youngstown provides a full spectrum of healthcare services: acute inpatient and trauma, outpatient and ambulatory, rehabilitation, behavioral, emergency and urgent care, primary care physicians in patient-centered medical homes, specialist physician care, home health, home medical equipment, long-term care and hospice care. Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley supports a myriad of in-patient, out- patient and preventative services while eliminating barriers to care and ensuring access to anyone in need. Learn more at

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