In the News: Congratulations to 2018 Anders Tjellström, Graeme Clark scholarship winners

Eight students were awarded the 2018 Graeme Clark and Anders Tjellström scholarships.

Last week, Cochlear Limted announced the winners of the 2018 Anders Tjellström and Graeme Clark scholarships. Congratulations to the winners!

The three 2018 Anders Tjellström Scholarship winners are:

  • Monica Pasqualino (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) from Oceanside, New York
  • Elise Schiller (Trinity College) from St. Louis, Missouri
  • Carol Rynar (Canisius College) from Buffalo, New York

“Just as my Baha System opened a new world for me, I have become inspired to help others confidently navigate their life without anxiety, and to work to minimise the barriers that prevent them from engaging fully with their world because of hearing loss,” said Rynar, a Baha System recipient and an Anders Tjellström Scholarship winner. “This scholarship will help me extend this miracle of sound from me to the students I serve as a teacher.”

The five 2018 Graeme Clark Scholarships winners are:

  • Elaine Wright (Princeton University) from Tucson, Arizona
  • Tania Karas (Oxford University) from Palos Park, Illinois
  • Keenan Murphy (Manhattan College) from Bronx, New York
  • Hunter Orthmann (University of Iowa) from Iowa City, Iowa
  • Natalia Adriance (Notre Dame) from Napa, California

About the Scholarships
The scholarships, named after two pioneers of the hearing implant industry, recognize Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implant and Baha® System recipients in the United States and Canada who uphold the Cochlear ideals of leadership and humanity, and demonstrate high academic achievement. The Anders Tjellström Scholarship is named after Anders Tjellström, the research physician in the department of otolaryngology at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden who collaborated with Per-Ingvar Brånemark, a pioneer in his field, to treat the first patient with a Baha device. The Graeme Clark Scholarship is named after Professor Graeme Clark, the inventor and pioneer of the multichannel cochlear implant.

Read more about the scholarships and apply here.

Read more about the 2018 winners here.

Apply for the 2016 Cochlear Anders Tjellström UK & Ireland Scholarship now!


Could you – or anyone you know – apply for the Anders Tjellström UK & Ireland Scholarship?

The unique award is open to Baha recipients who are:

  • a UK or Irish resident and implanted at a UK or Irish Baha implant centre
  • currently completing their final year of school or sixth form college and who have been accepted onto a full-time university or other tertiary education course
  • 18 years or over at application deadline
  • mature students who have been accepted onto a full-time or other tertiary education course
  • students currently undertaking a full-time university degree or other tertiary education course
  • studying for a minimum of 2 years
  • previous applicants are eligible to apply if they meet the above criteria

Applicants must submit their completed application form with all supporting documentation and required information by the deadline. No late applications or part of the application pack will be accepted. Please do not send original documents where copies have been requested, as documents will not be returned.

Deadline date for applications: 30 November 2016

Read more and download the application here

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!

Michael receives his Anders Tjellström Scholarship Award

Recently, the 2016 Anders Tjellström Scholarship Award UK Ceremony was held in the town of Sutton Coldfield, just outside Birmingham, where winner Michael King was presented with his award.

Michael King receiving his Anders Tjellström Scholarship Award

Michael with Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Kath Phillips and The Mayor’s Consort, Maurice Phillips

Michael, who studies at the prestigious Goldsmith’s College, part of the University of London, plans to save his £6,000 scholarship award to help pay his rent in his third year of studies.

“Receiving this scholarship is such a wonderful boost after a difficult few years of struggling to study because of my hearing loss. A bit like receiving the Baha System itself, getting the scholarship makes life so much easier!”

Michael’s surgeon, Nick Turner of Walsall’s Manor Hospital, was with Michael on the night and was thrilled to see Michael receive the award. In his acceptance speech, Michael made a note of thanking Mr Turner and the medical team who have helped him on his journey.

“I’d also like to thank the medical team at the Manor Hospital, I really couldn’t have got to where I am today without all their help. I especially want to thank Nick Turner who has been there from the beginning which was probably about 17 years ago. Mr Turner has always ensured I get the best treatment which is more than I could’ve asked for – on top of this he has listened to my dreams and aspirations and always tried to help me achieve them – even when the outlook was bleak. I really couldn’t have asked for more and for that I can’t thank him enough.”

Michael King with his surgeon, Nick Turner

Nick Turner, Associate Medical Director and Consultant ENT Surgeon, Michael and Louise Fletcher, Audiologist

Read more about Michael and his award here.

If you live in the UK and are interested to learn more about the Anders Tjellström Scholarship Award click here.

Congratulations to Michael King – the 2016 Anders Tjellström UK Scholarship winner!


Cochlear UK is pleased to announce Michael King from Walsall, UK as the second Anders Tjellström Scholarship winner.

Michael, 20, suffered from constant ear infections throughout his childhood due to a cholesteatoma. After many operations, including mastoidectomies to try and eradicate the disease, the colesteatoma was removed. Michael received his Baha Attract System from Walsall Manor Hospital in September 2015. He is currently studying for a BSc (Hons) in Computer Games Programming at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Michael aims high and is diligent and committed in his studies. He attended mainstream school and achieved excellent qualifications. He has participated in many activities including volunteering as an ICT Technician in a school for children with learning difficulties, leading small groups of teenagers at his local youth group during holiday times and becoming a member of the Air Cadets.

Michael used to see his hearing loss as a huge wall that he could not overcome. Going out to meet people or going for a meal with family would just physically drain him due to the amount of concentration it took to hold a conversation in a noisy environment.

Since receiving his implant he says:

“My Baha Sound Processors, alongside the Mini Mic and Phone Clip, has enabled me to be able to hear whilst in lectures or group discussions. This means that I am able to expand my knowledge and skills with so much more ease than I would have done without help – and it’s opening doors for me, giving me a better quality of hearing. I can now confidently go out and enjoy myself with friends, while being able to hear everything they are saying.”

Today, he views his hearing loss to be a positive challenge rather than a barrier and now appreciates hearing what others may take for granted.

“I’m truly humbled to have been given the opportunity to receive my implant, let alone win this scholarship. I was offered the implant and was the first to receive it in my local area, and haven’t looked back, it really has been a life changing experience for me and I’m so grateful.”

Read more about the scholarship here.

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




University student Lucy about her year after winning the Anders Tjellström Scholarship


Remember Lucy Ritchie? The first winner of the 2015 UK Anders Tjellström Scholarship Award?

It has been an exciting year for the Scottish student. Here’s her story in her own words:

“Next month will be a year on since I found out I was going to be awarded the Anders Tjellström Scholarship. I can’t quite get over how quickly time has passed. The last year has been a very busy one for me – when I received the news I was just finishing my first year at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen where I am studying Management with Marketing.

The transition from school to university has been enjoyable and has allowed me to gain more independence with living away from home. This summer I got a job in the seaside village where I spend my summer holidays. I very much enjoyed working along with the staff and serving the lovely customers – many of whom congratulated me on the success of my award after seeing it in the news.

Come September it was time to take on one of the biggest challenges I’ve done to date, study abroad.  As part of my degree I took part in the Erasmus program, where I went to study in a different country for a semester.  I packed my bags and moved to a small city called Koblenz in Germany. I soon discovered I was the only native English speaker out of all the international students and what felt like the whole city. This made things slightly more challenging but the time I spent there was a very rewarding experience. I met some amazing people from all different cultures, had the privilege of teaching someone English and got to explore the beautiful country that Germany is.  I am now back in Scotland, ready for second semester.  My next adventure that lies ahead will be my third year work placement, which I look forward to – wherever I end up working.


None of the above would have been possible without my Baha sound processor and the support of the Anders Tjellström Scholarship.  Throughout my life I’ve had many challenges to face, and having my hearing solution has allowed me to lead a completely normal life regardless of it all. My speech and hearing is just like everyone else’s and enables me to lead a normal everyday life socially and professionally.

The scholarship allowed me to travel throughout my time in Germany, visiting Berlin, Frankfurt and various other cities in the west.  There were a lot of Christmas markets visited!  I hope that it will also be able to help me in third year and help pay for rent wherever I end up.


I have lived my life beyond many people’s expectations and with the contribution from the Cochlear UK Anders Tjellström Scholarship Award, I can continue to do so and give people living with Treacher Collins syndrome and hearing loss a bit more hope for the future.

I would like to say a massive thank you to Cochlear.  Their hard work globally has been life changing for so many people and I hope that with my story and their continuous hard work, we can continue to make a difference to people’s life with the products and services of Cochlear.”