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180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Elena

by Jessica October 23 2014 14:08
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We officially announced the 2014 winners of our annual 180 Medical College Scholarship on August 1st, 2014, and since that time, we have been featuring each one on our blog as the fall semester progresses.

Today, we'd love for you to meet the last of this year's inspiring recipients, Elena.

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180 Medical Scholarship Winner Elena's Story and Goals

Elena was born with Spina Bifida. From the time she was 3 months old, she began to undergo surgeries to repair her spine. Although the surgery was considered successful, to this day, she cannot feel her foot or much of her leg.

Despite all this, Elena maintains a positive attitude and considers her condition her motivation. She states that she "aspire[s] to become an engineer in the biomedical or neurological field and to create technologies which will help those with a similar or worse condition than [her] own."

Elena has achieved much so far throughout high school. She was an active member of multiple clubs, as well as presided as Senior Class President and acted as a Student to Student Ambassador Leader and Mentor (Anti-Bullying Program), all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She was an AP Scholar with Honors and belonged to the National Honor Society, and she was honored with the 2013 Rotary Youth Leadership Award, among many other achievements. 

We're sure Elena will go far in life, and it's so exciting to be able to contribute a piece to Elena and all of our bright, young scholarship winners' futures! 

180 Medical College Scholarship

180 Medical is honored to have a scholarship program to help those with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, and/or a neurogenic bladder. Paying for college isn't easy these days, and we understand that there are often extra financial difficulties for aspiring students who live with these conditions. To learn more about 180 Medical's College Scholarship program, visit

What is Spina Bifida?

Did you know that this month is National Spina Bifida Awareness Month? Learn more about this condition and what you can do to raise awareness here.

october is national spina bifida month awareness

180 medical jessAbout the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.