It’s time to apply for Cochlear US scholarships!

Every year, the Cochlear Graeme Clark and Anders Tjellström Scholarships are awarded to students with Nucleus or Baha implants respectively, on the basis of academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to the Cochlear ideals of leadership and humanity.





Meet the 2016 scholarship winners





If you or someone you know is a high school senior graduating in the spring of 2016 in the United States and Canada, and have applied to an accredited college, university or technical school in 2017, take the opportunity to win this scholarship of $2,000 per year for up to four years!

How to apply:

The Cochlear Graeme Clark Scholarship is a unique award open to Nucleus Cochlear Implant recipients. Download the application form here.

The Anders Tjellström Scholarship is a unique award open to Baha system recipients. Download the application form here.


All materials must be submitted to Cochlear Americas with a postmark no later than September 30, 2016.

Good luck!

Cochlear announces winners of 2016 Graeme Clark and Anders Tjellström scholarships

2016 Cochlear Scholarship Winners (PRNewsFoto/Cochlear)

Yesterday the winners of the US Graeme Clark and Anders Tjellström scholarships were announced! Named after hearing implant industry pioneers, the annual scholarships recognize Nucleus Implant and Baha System recipients who not only demonstrate exemplary success in their academic pursuits, but also leadership and humanity in their local communities.

“We are proud to recognize these eight exceptional students and reward them with college scholarships,” says Tony Manna, president of Cochlear Americas. “The winners overcame remarkable challenges and achieved so much in their young lives. We are excited to see what the next chapter has in store for this year’s scholarship recipients.”

Five students were recipients of the 2016 Graeme Clark Scholarship:

  1. Kelin McCloskey (Washington College) from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
  2. Megan Zahneis (Miami University) from West Chester, Ohio
  3. Natalie Synder (Rochester Institute of Technology) from West Henrietta, New York
  4. Taylor Thompson (Purdue University) from Franklin, Indiana
  5. Willa Tsao (Cornell University) from Wind Lake, Wisconsin

Three students were awarded the 2016 Anders Tjellström Scholarship:

  1. Allison Villa (University of Mississippi) from Oak View, California
  2. Kathleen “McKenna” Nelson (University of North Carolina at Wilmington) from Greenville, North Carolina
  3. Skyler Mason (Arizona State University) from Phoenix, Arizona

“The Cochlear Baha System has allowed me to experience life more fully. I can hear my family and friends laughing, making jokes and sharing some of our favorite memories,” says Kathleen Nelson. “I’m also finally able to fully hear my violin when I play. The first time I played with full hearing was so powerful it moved me to tears.”

For more information about the scholarships, visit




Cochlear Awards College Scholarships to Eight Students Who Have Overcome Hearing Loss

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!

It’s time to register for Celebration 2015


Celebration is coming up!

Every other year Cochlear Americas arranges Cochlear Celebration – a weekend filled with fun activities designed to bring the Cochlear Community together to share experiences, lives, and successes.

This winter, the 6th Cochlear Celebration takes place in sunny Orlando, Florida on February 12-15, 2015. The event includes social and education sessions with peers and experts who will inspire you. As an attendee you will enjoy opportunities to meet new friends and families, educational sessions to optimize your Cochlear technology, informational EXPO with hands on tips to maximize your hearing – and last but not least attend an exclusive event at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ at Universal Orlando® Resort!

Teen and Child Care Programs are also available (pre-registration required).

Bring your family and celebrate the sounds of a winter getaway at a magical place. Register for Celebration 2015 today!


More than 1,000 Baha and cochlear implant recipients and their families attended the Cochlear Celebration in San Diego 2013. Here are a few of them – including Dr Graeme Clark and Dr Anders Tjellström in front!

Read more about the program at Celebration and previous events