Alumni Scholarships

TanenbaumCHAT Awards for Continuing Excellence
Funded by the Henya Shwaartz Scholarship Fund


The Henya Shwaartz Scholarship Fund was established by the Larry and Judy Tanenbaum Family Foundation. The award honours Henya Shwaartz, the mother of Dr. Chaya Shwaartz, an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Surgery at UHN and the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.
As a young woman living on a moshav in Israel, Henya Shwaartz experienced two failed pregnancies and suffered a stroke that required her to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life. With the support of her fellow moshavniks, Henya and her husband adopted their daughter Chaya from Yemen. Dr. Chaya Shwaartz graduated with a medical degree from Tel Aviv University. Her area of clinical expertise is minimally invasive HPB surgery. She is also appointed as the associate to the program director for the Abdominal Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery fellowship at the University of Toronto as one of her main interests is resident and fellow education. Chaya has won several awards in surgical education.

Alumni Awards

Through the Henya Shwaartz Scholarship Fund, we will honour three young alumni with awards of $3,000 each, as they carry the values with which they were imbued during their TanenbaumCHAT experience into the next stage of their lives. Alumni will be given the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to be put towards studies in post secondary education. They will be required to submit a letter to the school outlining their ongoing academic achievements and commitment to community service.

How to apply
Interested alumni must submit a letter of application outlining their post-secondary educational background so far, course of study,  and past and current volunteer commitments, as well as an overview of how they consider their time at TanenbaumCHAT to have influenced their journey to date.  Specifically, addressing the following question:  

How have you demonstrated, through contributions to family, school, work, or in the community and/or in your personal life, an alignment with TanenbaumCHAT’s mission and values.
Applications should not exceed 500 words and should include the following information:
  • Full name
  • Postal address
  • Phone number
  • TanenbaumCHAT graduation year
  • Universities, colleges or other post-secondary educational institutions attended, and dates of attendance
  • Area(s) of study

Applications may be sent to: with the subject line: Henya Shwaartz Scholarship Fund. The submission deadline is May 31, 2024.

Who is eligible for the scholarships?
Young alumni (30 years of age or younger) who are directly entering or already studying in a post-secondary educational  program. Successful applicants may be awarded the scholarship only once.

Value of the scholarships
Annually, a total of three scholarships, each valued at $3,000CAD will be awarded to selected applicants. 

Selection process
Each year, applications will be reviewed by an ad hoc sub committee of the board, during the month of June and announcement of the winners will be made by July 15.