Earlier in the year, we were finally able to announce the names of this year’s 180 Medical College Scholarship recipients after much deliberation. It was difficult to narrow it down to only seven recipients, because there were so many deserving candidates with inspirational backstories and exciting goals, whether to be able to return to school after a long absence in hopes to renew a career path or just starting out as a college freshman with dreams of being able to help others with their future job. We are truly honored to be able to help these seven students get a little closer to their goals.
We will continue to feature each one of our recipients on our blog, so sign up for our newsletter so you can get notified every time we publish a new blog. Previously, we have featured Macy, Jared, Tiffany, Spencer, Maria, and Nicole. Today, meet the last of our 2016 recipients, Marina!
Marina is no stranger to a challenge. She was born with a host of medical issues, including a neurogenic bladder and a chronic illness, and when she wasn’t at the hospital or at home dealing with the setbacks of her condition, she also had to deal with some discrimination in school. But through it all, she has maintained a level of positive thinking and inner strength that is truly inspiring. She states, “I decided at a very early age that I would not let this setback define who I was, but rather who I will become.”
In addition to working hard to keep a high GPA and maintaining her status on the Honor Roll, she also participates in extreme snowboarding, kickboxing, running, and volunteering where she can in her community. She is also always open to helping out a peer or another adolescent with advice and support before and after their surgeries.
Thanks to her experience, both of living with her conditions and in helping others, she feels she has discovered her core characteristics and her true ambitions — to become a nurse. “In addition to a solid education, experience goes a long way towards creating our best and most compassionate nurses,” Marina says, and we’re sure that her experiences will lead her to be a truly great nurse!
180 Medical is honored to offer an annual scholarship program to help those with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, ostomies (ileostomy, urostomy, and/or colostomy), and/or a neurogenic bladder. We know paying for college isn’t easy these days, and we also understand that there can often be extra financial difficulties for aspiring students who live with these conditions. That’s why we created this program. To learn more about our annual College Scholarship, visit our Scholarship page.