After the announcement of our 2014 180 Medical College Scholarship recipients on August 1st, 2014, we have been featuring our nine individual winners on our blog, and today, we’d love to introduce you to another well-deserving recipient, Ian Peterson.
Seven years ago, just one month after his high school graduation during a fun summer outing at a lake, Ian took a dive into the water and tragically injured his spinal cord at C6-7, leaving him a quadriplegic.
While this accident could’ve potentially had a negative affect on his life, he felt that the rehabilitation period helped him to learn more about himself. Over the course of much rehabilitation and therapy, he has been able to regain the use of his arms and hands, as well as some sensation in his core.
Prior to his accident, Ian wanted to pursue a career in medicine, already having had obtained his EMT certification. “I felt that since I am in a chair, I would be able to have a positive impact on people with spinal cord injuries and improve their quality of life,” Ian says. He spoke with friends and mentors about his strengths, his weaknesses, and what career path he should take, and after careful thought, he decided to focus on a goal of becoming an administrator at either a long-term care facility, skilled nursing center, or rehabilitation hospital, and in this way he will still be able to “care for those who could not otherwise care for themselves without assistance.”
While Ian has continued his therapy, he has also stayed active with hand cycling, and he is also on the North Texas Cowboys Quad Rugby team.
He married the love of his life in 2013, which was an exciting milestone. During this time, he has also maintained good scholarly standing on the Dean’s List, along with maintaining membership with the American College of Health Executives, Upcoming Student Professionals, and president of the UNTHSC MHA Association.
As of January 2014, he has been working as an Administrator in Training at Green Valley Rehabilitation. Ian is attending graduate school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center this fall and plans to graduate in December of 2014.
We’re excited to play a part in assisting Ian with his goals in graduate school and to see how he will be able to help others in his future career.
To learn more about 180 Medical’s College Scholarship program, visit https://www.180medical.com/Scholarships.