Submit this form with:
- A one page essay on why you should receive this scholarship.
- 2 letters of reference from teachers, employers, etc.
- A transcript from your high school or college/university/post secondary institution.
Submit essay, completed application and all written correspondence in one combined Microsoft Word File to firstname.lastname@example.org. The transcripts and letters of reference should be sent as a PDF file. Completed applications are due by midnight EST on April 9, 2017. Only complete applications will be considered.
2016 Scholarship Recipients
- Sara Michell of Lake Oswego, Oregon, majors in Biology at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Her goal is to attend dental school and become an orthodontist. According to Sara, ‘I have always been interested in science, especially the human body. Due to Moebius syndrome, my upper lip does not close all the way, resulting in my front teeth being exposed. I feel like I can understand patients who might be embarrassed or self-conscious about their look since I have been in the same position.’ Sara was an honors student in high school, where she earned a varsity letter for cross country and track & field; she also volunteers at the Oregon Food Bank.
- Michael Mendenhall of Las Vegas, Nevada, earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Brigham Young University, with a minor in Political Science. He is currently in law school at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Michael earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America, served as a regional representative for US Senator Dean Heller and worked in the office of Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons. According to Michael, ‘I am focused on goals that will make me happy and enhance my life and the lives of others. I have defied the odds at every point in my life, and the attributes I have gained have made me who I am and given me the tools to continue to succeed.’
- Benjamin Preusser of Henderson, Minnesota, attends Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota where he majors in Physics and Math. Ben graduated first in his high school class of 107 students with high honors. He was awarded the outstanding freshman math student award and has made the Saint Mary’s Dean’s List every semester. He was inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma, Delta Epsilon Sigma and Pi Mu Epsilon honor societies for excellence in math and physics at Saint Mary’s. Ben volunteers weekly with Buddies, a program for cognitively challenged adults, volunteers on Make a Difference Day at Saint Mary’s University, and is an aid to his high school’s robotics team in computer programming. Ben says, ‘I do not let Moebius define me and by doing so I have a great sense of confidence when I interact with others. I had an internship with NASA in California this summer, and I owe a lot of my success to my parents for installing the belief that I have got be my own self advocate, which in turn has helped me academically.’
- Angel Cortes Gonzalez of San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, is a student at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico where he is working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Science. His goal is to be a forensic serologist. Angel collects food for animal shelters, raises money for children with cancer and volunteers in health clinics and nursing homes. Angel states, ‘In my 20 years I have passed through many ups and downs. I have had several operations and some of them have had complications. But nothing stops me, I always follow forward without giving up.’