- Published on 09 February 2018
Cochlear has revealed the winners of the 16th annual Graeme Clark and the seventh annual Anders Tjellström scholarships. The scholarships recognize Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implant and Baha® System recipients in the USA and Canada who uphold the Cochlear ideals of leadership and humanity, and demonstrate high academic achievement.
“We are extremely proud to recognize these eight outstanding young leaders who have persevered and overcome the challenges of hearing loss to achieve the high goals they’ve set for themselves,” said Tony Manna, President, Cochlear Americas. “At Cochlear it is our honor to deliver the innovative hearing implant technology that will continue to help these young adults hear as they attain the accomplishments to come in their bright futures.”
The five 2018 Graeme Clark Scholarships winners are:
- Elaine Wright (Princeton University) from Tucson, Arizona
- Tania Karas (Oxford University) from Palos Park, Illinois
- Keenan Murphy (Manhattan College) from Bronx, New York
- Hunter Orthmann (University of Iowa) from Iowa City, Iowa
- Natalia Adriance (Notre Dame) from Napa, California
"I can never fully express my gratitude for the opportunities my cochlear implants have given me," said Wright, a Nucleus Implant System recipient and Graeme Clark Scholarship winner. "I was very fortunate to have a strong support system growing up due to the advocacy of my family, the kindness of my teachers and the understanding of my friends. I want to help make sure every child or adult with hearing loss who wants a cochlear implant has the opportunity and support to make the most possible of the technology."
The three 2018 Anders Tjellström Scholarship winners are:
- Monica Pasqualino (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) from Oceanside, New York
- Elise Schiller (Trinity College) from St. Louis, Missouri
- Carol Rynar (Canisius College) from Buffalo, New York
"Just as my Baha System opened a new world for me, I have become inspired to help others confidently navigate their life without anxiety, and to work to minimize the barriers that prevent them from engaging fully with their world because of hearing loss,” said Rynar, a Baha System recipient and an Anders Tjellström Scholarship winner. "This scholarship will help me extend this miracle of sound from me to the students I serve as a teacher."
About the scholarships
The Graeme Clark Scholarship is named after Professor Graeme Clark, a pioneer of the multichannel cochlear implant. The Anders Tjellström Scholarship is named after Anders Tjellström, the research physician at the department of otolaryngology at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden who collaborated with Per-Ingvar Brånemark, a pioneer in his field, to treat the first patient with a Baha device.
Each of the students will receive $2,000 per year for up to four years at an accredited college or university, providing $8,000 to each student and $64,000 in total scholarship funds given by Cochlear Americas for this year’s winners. Since 2002, Cochlear Americas has awarded $632,000 to 88 college students.
For more information about the scholarships, visit here .