ADN Scholarship Accelerates Pursuit of Academic and Athletic Goals
July 2nd, 2013
For five years, the partnership between the RCPD and Athletes with Disabilities Network (ADN) has provided a total of over 20 scholarships to recognize and encourage the athletic and educational aspirations o f persons with disabilities at MSU.
Currently, Athletes with Disabilities Network provides scholarship funding to Michigan State University and Wayne State University to recognize scholastic achievement, encourage continued progress and provide assistance to students in financing their education. Read More about Wayne State University Scholarship Recipients.
ADN - Wayne State University Scholarship Recipients
Kristin N. Loush is currently a second-year Physician Assistant Studies student at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wayne State University where she serves as the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants student liaison. She just completed her first year of the Physician Assistant Studies program, earning a 4.0 GPA in each of the 3 didactic semesters. Kristin graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a Bachelor's of Science in Movement Science.
At the University of Michigan, Ms. Loush dedicated a significant amount of time to serving the community through work at the University of Michigan Dance Marathon, High Point Special Education School, Eberwhite Elementary School, Mott Children's Hospital, and the Ann Arbor Senior Center. She also served as an undergraduate research assistant in a muscular biology lab. This year, along with the Lara Rutan Memorial Scholarship, Kristin has also been awarded the 2012 Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame Scholarship, granted to students who intend to work with the physically and mentally disabled populations after graduation.
After graduation, Ms. Loush is interested in pursuing a career in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, possibly at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan with her other interests including primary care and cardiology. She also intends to incorporate community service and volunteer work into her career, ideally in Southwestern Michigan.
ADN - Michigan State University Scholarship Recipients
Stephanie Forton is an Education Junior and has been a competitive athlete since she was 5 years old in a variety of sports, including soccer and basketball. She is pursuing a career in athletic training with the hope of working at the collegiate level. Stephanie has worked as an Athletic Trainer for the MSU Women's Basketball team and is currently working with the MSU Men's Football team. She has always found a way to compensate for her disability in sports and academics and believes individuals with disabilities can accomplish anything they choose.
Kaitlyn Kelel is a Junior in the James Madison College, majoring in International Relations with the goal of Law School. Katie has experience competing as an athlete with a disability in track, cross country, goal ball, equestrian riding, and alpine skiing. Competition is valuable to her understanding of who she is and has given her a vision of where she wants to go in life. Being engaged in sports, allows Katie to transcend perceptions and limitations imposed on blindness and truly enjoy the challenges of physical endurance and skill. Katie has also learned through sports, how to lose with grace and humility, which has added to her life lessons and self-defining moments. Katie states "athletic engagement is, and will continue to be, a vital component of my personal development and self-awareness."
Piotr Pasik is a graduate student majoring in Rehabilitation Counseling. Even with his graduate studies, Piotr makes time to play soccer five days per week, is shooting air-pistol six days per week, and has begun training for his next athletic endeavor. In 2013, Piotr plans to travel to Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro - the world's forth highest peak - in Tanzania, with a walker. Piotr's final goal is to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Piotr states, "Athletic engagement has truly played an instrumental role in my life as an individual with a physical disability. Nothing is impossible, and I encourage other individuals with and without disabilities to pursue their passions."
Sara Sherman is an ice hockey player on the Michigan State Women's Club (ACHA Division 1) Hockey team. She is completing a degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Physiology. This past fall, she took KIN 465- Adapted Physical Activity and it was one of the most rewarding classroom experiences in college. She worked with a student who had multiple disabilities and shared her experience. Sara stated, "Words cannot describe the ambition that I saw in his eyes. This student has inspired me to continue to work with children with disabilities as a career." Sara hopes to find a master's program in Exercise Physiology and a dual-program in Adapted Physical Activity. She strives to prove to others, as well as herself that no matter what the challenge; you can overcome, and learn methods to excel.
Nicholas Vanderwall is a junior in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Nick is an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman. He also plays competitive goal ball and recently received his open water certification in scuba. Nick will continue to pursue a career in Journalism with the hope of establishing a television program which focuses on engaging individuals with disabilities to participate in sports and outdoor activities.
For more information on scholarships through MSU's Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, please visit http://www.rcpd.msu.edu/scholarships/adn.