Cochlear Americas announced the winners of the 11th annual Graeme Clark and the second annual Anders Tjellström Scholarships. Named after two pioneers of the hearing implant industry, the 2013 scholarships recognize Cochlear™ Nucleus® Cochlear Implant and Baha®System recipients who are not only academically gifted, but have demonstrated a commitment to leadership and humanity.
“We are proud to honor eight deserving individuals who have shown perseverance, hard work and leadership, while benefiting from Cochlear’s technology,” said Chris Smith, President of Cochlear Americas. “We congratulate these outstanding scholars and look forward to seeing what the future has in store for them.”
Five students were selected as Graeme Clark Scholarship winners and three were selected for the Anders Tjellström Scholarship. 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 $64,000 in scholarship funds. Since 2002, Cochlear Americas has awarded more than $380,000 in scholarships to 58 college students.
“My cochlear implant has completely changed my life,” said scholarship winner Lexi Grafe. “Without this amazing piece of technology I would have never heard a single sound. I would not be able to play sports, listen to music and be the outgoing person I am today. My life would be much more limited and I would not be able to achieve the things I have done.”
The winners will be formally recognized during Cochlear Celebration in San Diego on February 17, 2013. Attended by more than 1,200 people, Celebration is a three day event hosted by Cochlear Americas to provide Nucleus and Baha System recipients and their families the opportunity to learn and network with others who have had similar experiences in a fun and relaxing environment.