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2016 180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Focus on Maria

by Jessica November 15 2016 12:20
Earlier this summer, we announced the names of each of the 2016 180 Medical College Scholarship recipients. This year, 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 MacyJared, Tiffany, and Spencer. This week, meet Maria!

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Maria was only three when a rare neurological disease known as Transverse Myelitis began attacking her body. She became paralyzed from the neck down, and the doctors were unsure if she would recover. But Maria, now referred to as a "miracle case," defied the odds and is now able to stand and walk again. Not only that, she is active with skiing, horseback riding, swimming, and golfing as well as making time for community service, orchestra, co-captain of Math Team during high school, mentoring, and more.

We were especially inspired by how much Maria has worked to overcome the the physical challenges that are still present, due to the Transverse Myelitis symptoms that continue. "Physical therapy is my varsity sport," Maria says. "Sometimes getting from point A to point B takes the shape of a marathon." Yet, she continues on, and she has accepted the challenge of going to college, where she hopes she will make a difference.

As of this fall semester, Maria has begun her first semester of college at George Washington University with a currently undeclared major. We hope her first year of college is a blast and that she continues to excel and change others' lives. 

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


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.