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Shrewsbury student wins college scholarship to study in DC

Posted by Laura Gomez  January 22, 2013 05:35 PM

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A hearing impaired student from Shrewsbury has won up to $8,000 in college scholarship money from Cochlear Americas, a company that makes hearing implants.

Stephanie McCoy, who plans to study neuroscience in Georgetown University, was born profoundly deaf, according to a press release. She received her first choclear implant in 1997 and her second one in 2011.

“My cochlear implants affected my education; I was able to be fully mainstreamed in my public school system and am able to attend a prestigious, private university,'' McCoy said in a press release. "The cochlear implant, in a sense, gave me a world full of opportunities. Also, it forced me to formulate a strong work ethic as I struggled to make sense of the world around me.”

She will be formally recognized as a scholarship recipient during Cochlear Celebration in San Diego on February 17, 2013. Cochlear Americas has awarded scholarships funds since 2002 to qualified students who have cochlear implants.

A recipient of the 2013 Graeme Clark Scholarship, McCoy is among four other selected students who will receive $2,000 per year for up to four years in an accredited college or university.

Cochlear Americas also awards the same amount of funds with the Anders Tjellström Baha Scholarship to three students nationwide. This year, more than 150 application were received and reviewed, according to the press release. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to the Cochlear ideals of leadership and humanity.

To learn more about the scholarships, visit CochlearAmericas.com/Scholarship.

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