On February 14, the winners of the US Cochlear Awards Scholarships were announced.
Eight college students in total will each receive $2,000 per year for up to four years at an accredited college or university.
Five students with cochlear implants received the Graeme Clark Scholarship: Grace Agolia (University of Notre Dame); Isaiah Grafe (Rochester Institute of Technology); Lennon Radcliffe (University of Louisville); Brooke Shinaberry (University of Utah) and Julia Filloon (Elon University) (not pictured). Three Baha recipients were awarded the Anders Tjellstrom Scholarship: Storm Harvey (Agnes Scott College); Sarah Johnson (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign); and Camille Masino (Brigham Young University-Provo, Utah).
Chris Smith, President of Cochlear Americas, said:
“We are extremely proud to honor these outstanding young people who have shown perseverance and leadership, while benefiting from Cochlear’s state-of-the-art technologies. These students represent the leaders of tomorrow, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for each and every one of them.”
This weekend we had the pleasure of meeting up with 20-year old Baha recipient Camille at the Cochlear Celebration in Orlando! This is what she had to say about her scholarship:
“It gives me confidence to keep working harder. College can be really discouraging, it’s hard… But having Cochlear back me up with the scholarship makes me secure, not only financially, but I also feel I want to give this company something back, by getting my degree.
71% of young people with hearing loss today don’t graduate from college. I don’t want to be one of those statistics, and with the Baha it’s manageable. It makes me want to do it even more. I’ve accomplished so much already, why shouldn’t I be able to do this too? I’m just like everyone else, just different… in a better way (laughs).
In college we as students have to be independent and be advocates for ourselves. I have to sit up front in class, not because someone says so, but because I want to. I went to the disability center and explained my hearing loss and went to each professor and talked to them and explained what I need, like a special test room and note takers. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help. And don’t downplay your hearing loss. There is help to get – get it!”
Read more about each of the scholarship winners over at Cochlear America’s own blog The Wire!