The Maine Brain Aneurysm Awareness Scholarship in memory of Karolina A. Kurka


is awarded to a University of New England Master of Science in Occupational Therapy student who is maintaining a 3.0 GPA. Preference is given in descending order of importance to a student who:

      1) Has personally experienced or has a close family member who has experienced a brain aneurysm.
      2) Works with a population affected by brain aneurysm, brain injury, or dementia during her course of study.
      3) Engages in public outreach addressing brain aneurysm, brain injury, or dementia awareness and prevention.
      4) Is interested in a career working with populations affected by brain aneurysm, brain injury, or dementia after graduation from the program


Karolina KurkaOn July 21, 2011 Karolina passed away after three days of hospitalization following a ruptured brain aneurysm.

Karolina was born in Portland, on March 5, 1984, attended Scarborough Schools and graduated with high honors from the University of New Hampshire with a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. Karolina was an active sister of Chi Omega Sorority.

Karo worked for Clipper Harbor Care and Rehab Center in Portsmouth. She participated in continuing education in the area of Dementia. In 2009, she was awarded the Resident Advocate of the Year Award in Orlando, FL, for her strong belief and ability to make a huge difference in resident advocacy. Clipper Harbor honored Karolina in memory by naming the National Award as the Karolina A. Kurka Resident Advocacy of the Year Award.

Karolina had a special way of touching everyone she met with her big heart, open arms and infectious laugh. She loved working in her garden with her mom. She loved filling her home with friends and family. From a young age, Karolina loved spending time with and caring for children. Karolina was a nanny for many local families and was looking forward to starting her own family with plans to be married in only 3 months time of her passing.

KAT-Walk & Karo-5K LogoIn honor, love, and remembrance Karolina’s family joined an already established memorial walk and the KAT-Walk & Karo-5k for Brain Aneurysm Awareness was organized. This annual event has now grown to embrace many families affected by brain aneurysms including the family of Kimberly A. Tudor who passed from Brain Aneurysm in 2008. This day is used to honor survivors & remember those lost to this silent killer.


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