Named after hearing implant industry pioneers, the annual scholarships recognize Nucleus Cochlear Implant and Baha System recipients who demonstrate exemplary success in their academic pursuits, and also leadership and humanity in their local communities.
“We are proud to recognize these eight exceptional students and reward them with college scholarships,” said Tony Manna, president of Cochlear Americas. “The winners overcame remarkable challenges and achieved so much in their young lives. We are excited to see what the next chapter has in store for this year’s scholarship recipients.”
Cochlear named these five student-recipients of the 2016 Graeme Clark Scholarship:
- Kelin McCloskey (Washington College) from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
- Megan Zahneis (Miami University) from West Chester, Ohio
- Natalie Synder (Rochester Institute of Technology) from West Henrietta, New York
- Taylor Thompson (Purdue University) from Franklin, Indiana
- Willa Tsao (Cornell University) from Wind Lake, Wisconsin
Three students were awarded the 2016 Anders Tjellström Scholarship:
- Allison Villa (University of Mississippi) from Oak View, California
- Kathleen “McKenna” Nelson (University of North Carolina at Wilmington) from Greenville, North Carolina
- Skylar Mason (Arizona State University) from Phoenix, Arizona
The Graeme Clark Scholarship is named after Graeme Clark, the inventor and 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.
A total of $64,000 in scholarship funds will be awarded this year. Each of the eight students will receive $2,000 per year for up to four years at an accredited college or university, for a total of $8,000 per student. Since 2002, Cochlear has awarded $504,000 to 72 college students.
More than 150 applications were received and reviewed by a panel of judges, which includes Michelle Kraskin, AuD, Weill Cornell Medical College; Brandon Isaacson, MD, UT Southwestern Medical Center; Adrienne Comeau-Grandy, MSc, Aud(c), Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres.
For more information about the scholarships, visit the Cochlear website.