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2011 – 2012 SBA Scholarship Recipients

SBA congratulates the one-year scholarship recipients that have been selected by the Scholarship Committee. The recipients of the 2011-2012 scholarships are:

Nathan Watt, Sylvania, OH

Nathan is the Nan Ginger Scholar. Nathan recently completed his Freshman year at Capital University in Columbus, OH. He is an active member of several organizations and school groups including Capital University’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity. Nathan is an accomplished vocalist and recipient of numerous community service awards for his leadership and volunteerism. His song “Unstoppable” has received critical acclaim for its uplifting lyrics and was performed during the opening of the World Congress on Disabilities He credits his mother, and her commitment to his care and musical talents, as a driving force in his life.

Sarah Sims, Fort Wayne, IN

Sarah is attending Ball State University. She is the Adele Turnbull Jeffras Scholar. Sarah hopes to major in social work, minor in psychology while at Ball State. Her ultimate goal is to become a licensed clinical social worker after she graduates. She states that her interest in the field of social work “stems directly from her experience of growing up with a disability”. Her past and current community service and high school activities include serving on the Teen Advisory Board of her local library and as the lead trombonist in the Homestead High School Symphonic Orchestra. Sarah has travelled the country as a member of the Turnstone Flyer Wheelchair Basketball Team and call basketball her passion.

Sarah Mueller, Wauwatosa, WI

Sarah is the Joseph DeStefano Scholar. She is a student at Marian University in West Allis, Wisconsin where she is working towards her Master of Science degree in Leadership with a concentration in Thanatology/Grief & Bereavement. Sarah is a 2009 graduate of Mount Mary College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice. Sarah’s varied volunteer and leadership experience includes serving as Honorary Co Chair of the Annual Sprint for Spina Bifida Association of Wisconsin, planning and coordinating community events, and maintaining two official social networking sites. Sarah is the member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society and has been a guest speaker at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Schuyler Smith, Ballston Lake, NY

Schuyler attends Stanford University. Schuyler has been selected as the Carolyn Elizabeth Gilbert Scholar. Since the eighth grade, Schuyler has been taking courses and earning college credit at Union College in Schenectady, NY. He is the co founder of the Union’s Unix Users Group, and an active member of the Albany Area Math Circle Team. Schuyler is also a member of the Schenectady Photographic Society. Schuyler feeds his passion for math and the sciences by competing in the USA Physics Olympiad, the USA Computing Olympiad, and the American Math Contest. He hopes to put his technical skills to good use after he receives a PhD degree.

John Hogan, Vestal, NY

John is a student at Albany Law School. “My participation in extracurricular activities helped me manage my weaknesses while cultivating skills that I believe correspond to the demand of law school.” “I found solace in exposing these weaknesses by pursuing my interests in football, baseball, as well as in theatre performing school plays, says John.” His love for music and singing inspired him to establish a Barbershop Quartet with his twin brother. John would like to pursue a career in Health Care or Environmental Law. In addition to his many extracurricular activities, John has been a Student Assistant at the Office of the Attorney General in Binghamton, NY and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Michael Maffei, Schertz, TX

Michael is a Freshman at Texas A&M . Michael is a proud Eagle Scout that looks forward to majoring in Biology and going on to medical school. Becoming a doctor has been a lifelong goal for Michael. When Michael was born, his parents were given a grim prognosis on his life expectancy. “The doctors in my life helped me to pass the normal expectations,” he says. Michael was again greatly influenced by doctors as a volunteer at a summer camp for children with special needs. “While volunteering, I saw how the doctors there were making a positive impact on the lives of the campers. They were helping those children live better and more fulfilling lives, he says.”

Congratulations again to all of our scholarship recipients!

We would like to extend a special thank you to the SBA Scholarship Committee for their thoughtful and diligent work this year.