Four year scholarships awarded to gifted students who have overcome hearing loss and achieved academic and personal success.
The 2014 scholarships recognize Cochlear Nucleus® Implant and Baha® System recipients who have shown promise and resilience in their personal and academic pursuits, contributed tangibly to their communities, and displayed leadership and humanity beyond their years.
The 2014 Graeme Clark Scholarship winners are:
The 2014 Anders Tjellstrom Scholarship Baha Scholarship winners are:
"All eight of these young men and women have used the capabilities of their Cochlear hearing devices to attain major milestones on their journey to academic and personal success," said Chris Smith, President of Cochlear Americas. "We are honored to not only help bring them their best hearing potential but to also reward them with college scholarships, so they can pursue their studies in professions that benefit their communities. One of the wisest investments we can make today is in enterprising students who are determined to make a vital difference in our society."
"My cochlear implants have allowed me to be as successful as I want to be," remarked Graeme Clark Scholarship winner Conner Svetly, an aspiring surgeon. "I was able to develop listening and speaking skills at an early age and be mainstreamed by kindergarten. I have been able to compete and be successful in honors and advanced placement classes as well as on the football field. Because of my cochlear implants, most people do not realize or believe that I am deaf. In fact, they allow me to put my disability on the back-burner and live life to the fullest."
More About the Scholarships:
The Graeme Clark Scholarship is named after the inventor of the cochlear implant. Anders Tjellstrom is a research physician in the Department of Otolaryngology at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden. He collaborated with Per-Ingvar Branemark, a fellow pioneer in his field, to treat the first patient with a Cochlear Baha® Device.
The students were chosen from among more than 150 candidates whose applications were reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges, including Marcia Clark Adunka, Au.D., CCC-A, University of North Carolina; Shannon Burns, Au.D., M.A., University of Colorado Hospital; and Michael J. LaRouere, M.D., Michigan Ear Institute.
The eight scholars will each receive $2,000 annually for up to four years at an accredited college or university for a total distribution of $64,000 in scholarship funds. Since 2002, Cochlear Americas has awarded more than $440,000 in scholarships to 64 college students. For more details about the scholarships, visit Cochlear.com/US/Scholarship