Memorial Hospital Water Safety Scholarships Available

April 16, 2019

Art R. MathisenNorth Conway, N.H. - Memorial Hospital is now accepting applications for water safety scholarships that can be used for swim lessons or other water safety education and personal flotation devices (PFD’s) thanks to donors to two funds of Memorial Hospital Foundation. These scholarships are available for children and adults living in the Mt. Washington Valley and surrounding communities.

Memorial Hospital and donors to the Roy Estey Network for Education on Water Safety and the Jim Soroka Water Safety Fund are committed to the health and well-being of the communities and people we serve, says Ethnee Garner, CNO, VP of Patient Care at Memorial Hospital. “With the coming of spring and summer, more people will be seeking to cool off near water. Knowing how to be safe near and in water is important especially since drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death of young children and over 300 people die each year in the U.S. from drowning in boating-related incidents.”

Memorial Hospital Foundation water safety funds honor the memory of local people who were loved by many and help ensure that everyone has access to the lifesaving swimming skills and water safety education they need regardless of ability to pay.

Roy Estey Network for Education on Water Safety (RENEWS)

Roy Estey was a beloved member of the Memorial Hospital community, working in Facilities Management at Memorial Hospital. On May 7, 2010 Roy took his canoe to Pea Porridge Pond in Madison to fish. Roy drowned while fishing. Funds provided in his name to the Roy Estey Network for Education on Water Safety (RENEWS) are used to promote water safety education and provide resources for personal flotation devices (PFD’s) and swimming lessons for children and adults.

Jim Soroka Water Safety Fund

The Jim Soroka Water Safety Fund was created by loving friends and family to memorialize Jim Soroka, local builder and elite athlete who passed away in 2016. Jim was an Ironman triathlete and was in training at the time of his death. Passionate about health and fitness, Jim loved water sports, was an avid surfer, competitive swimmer, biker and runner. He believed everyone should be safe in and around the water. To apply for funding, download the application online at To donate to the funds, visit and click Special Areas to Support.

For more information, call the Development Office at 603-356-5461, 2269.