The ability to reframe my injury into an opportunity for self-discovery kept me from wallowing in self-pity and set me on a path to improve myself.
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Fulton, MD (PRWEB) August 12, 2014
The JustWalkers.com Mobility Scholarship was founded last year to help students with mobility disabilities achieve their educational goals. The scholarship is open to both graduate and undergraduate students who regularly use a mobility aid such as a wheelchair, power scooter, crutches, walker, rollator or other device. There were many great entries by a wide range of talented students, but ultimately only one could win.
After careful consideration by a ten member panel of judges, Derek Zike was chosen as the winner. Derek is a graduate student at Miami University working toward a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health.
To apply for the scholarship, candidates were asked to write an essay describing a time they faced a major obstacle and how they responded to it. Derek wrote about how a spinal cord injury during a hockey game changed his life. Before, his identity and goals revolved around hockey. But after the injury he was paralyzed from the chest down and unable to play. Not only did his body have to undergo rehab, he mentally had to rebuild his identity and reset his goals. Eventually he decided he wanted to be a sports psychologist and help other athletes. Derek said, “The ability to reframe my injury into an opportunity for self-discovery kept me from wallowing in self-pity and set me on a path to improve myself.”
According to JustWalkers.com CEO and pharmacist Bryan Mercer, “The choice was difficult. There were many deserving candidates and many well-written essays.” But the judges were particularly impressed by Derek’s resilient spirit and drive to succeed. “We wish him all the best with his educational and career goals.”
To see Derek’s winning essay or to learn more about the JustWalkers.com Mobility Scholarship, please visit http://justwalkers.com/mobility-scholarship-program.
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