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 our nine individual recipients as the Fall semester progresses, including Nichole, Elena, Danielle, Garrett, Ian, Chelsea, and Kayla.
Today, we're happy to let you meet another one of our well-deserving scholarship recipients, Noah.
180 Medical Scholarship Recipient Noah's Goals and Achievements
Noah's drive and strength really impressed us all here at 180 Medical. Although he was born with Spina Bifida, he refuses to let his condition define him.
While he was growing up, he began to feel a need to interact with other kids who had similar issues and feelings while remaining active. He actively began searching for the right activity that would give him a physical outlet and allow him to meet other kids with disabilities, and finally, he discovered a passion: sled hockey.
Since he joined his local sled hockey team, the Chicago Hornets, he has grown into a role as a leader and a role model for the younger kids on the team, and he always makes sure to exhibit qualities like good sportsmanship and confidence.
"It is important to me to show these young kids, as well as the able-bodied kids, that although we look different, we can still play the game seriously," Noah says.
On top of playing sled hockey, Noah has also maintained excellent grades in school, leading him to graduate in the top ten percent of his senior class. He shows a sense of purpose and drive in all he does, and he knows that while he may face certain challenges in life that come with having Spina Bifida, he is learning more every day how to rely on himself. He often advocates for himself when needed, such as coordinating his own workout regimen with a physical therapist since his school did not offer an adaptive physical education program.
Noah has just begun his Freshman year at the University of Saint Francis and will be majoring in Mass Communications.
It's exciting to see someone with such drive and determination move forward with his goals, and we are happy to be able to play a part in contributing to his future endeavors.
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 www.180medical.com/Scholarships.
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About 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.