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HoG Scholarship Recipients

Published September 10, 2010


Horizons in Hemophilia, September 2010

By Karen Daniel, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Twenty-two students received John Youtsey Memorial Scholarships from Hemophilia of Georgia for the 2010-2011 academic year. Through this program, HoG provides financial assistance to clients who are motivated and talented but lack the resources to achieve their educational goals. Awards are granted based on scholastic achievement, financial need, and personal goals.

This year's scholarship recipients include the following dedicated students: 

 Alaura D
Alaura D.
Anne S
 Anne S.
Katie A
 Katie A.
Michael P
Michael P.
Michael S
Michael S.
Natalie S
Natalie S.
Sheldon G.
Tatum M
Tatum M.

Aaron A. from Woodstock is enrolled in a five year MBA program at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida.  Aaron plans to attend law school and become a sports agent.  He says the scholarship will “help me complete my education and reduce my need for student loans and help me become independent faster.”

Adam B. from Tifton attends the University of Georgia and is majoring in exercise and sports science, athletic training, and pre-med.  He hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon for an athletic team.  According to Adam, “this scholarship means another way for me to achieve my goals. The extra help is always greatly appreciated, especially now that the cost for education is steadily increasing.”

Alaura D. from Cartersville is majoring in elementary education at Dalton State College.  After earning her degree, Alaura plans to teach.  She says “there are no words to describe how grateful I am to receive this scholarship, especially with the economy right now.  Thank you so much for this scholarship.”

Anne S. of Roswell is a nursing major at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.  She plans a career as a nurse practitioner.  Anne says the scholarship “makes my education affordable.”

Benjamin H. of Lithonia is studying sports medicine at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.  He plans a career as a physical therapist after graduation. Benjamin says “this scholarship is the foundation on which I plan to build my future. Therefore it holds my future.”

Katie A. from Lawrenceville is studying music therapy at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.  After graduation, Katie plans to seek a position as a music therapist in a hospital, mental institution, or prison.  Katie says “this scholarship resulted in a great celebration throughout my family.  I was overjoyed to read the letter that announced my scholarship award, and it is impossible for me to express how appreciative I am. This scholarship allows my family a great amount of financial relief.  My family and I would like to share our greatest thanks to contributors who made this scholarship possible.”

Kendall D. of Alpharetta is a student at the University of Georgia and plans to major in business or math.  Kendall’s future plans include earning a master’s degree.  She says “this scholarship will enable me to participate in UGA’s semester abroad program and continue with my academics.”

Kendréa J. is majoring in journalism at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida.  After graduation, she plans to become a journalist or a TV host. Kendréa says “this scholarship means so much to me because it’s going to help me pay for my books and education.”

Kyle B. from Richmond Hill is majoring in history at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.  After graduation he plans to attend law school and become a lawyer.  Kyle says this scholarship “means that I will be able to attend school without worrying about expenses or loans.”

Leslie S. of Warner Robbins is majoring in business administration at South Georgia College in Douglas.  After completing his education, Leslie plans to run his family’s air conditioning business.  Leslie says “this scholarship means a lot to me.  It will help me realize my dreams of going to college, helping me live a healthy prosperous life.”

Mariana L. from Decatur is studying veterinary technology at Gwinnett Technical College.  In the future she hopes to work in an animal sanctuary.  Mariana says “this scholarship means that I can worry less about financial issues and focus more on school!”

Michael P. of Americus attends the University of Georgia where he is majoring in pre-med/exercise science.  He plans to become a doctor in sports medicine.  Michael says the scholarship “means everything!  It was the deciding factor that allowed me to pursue my dreams. I am greatly honored that I received it.”

Michael S. of Marietta  is a media arts major at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.  His future plans include working for a film studio and eventually directing a feature-length film.  According to Michael, “this scholarship allows me to help my family by contributing to the cost of my education, especially in these difficult economic times.”

Michael T. of Stone Mountain attends Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama where he is majoring in Business.  In the future, Michael hopes to have his own business.  He says “the scholarship means a lot to me.  I can now not stress so much about funds.”

Najla D. from Atlanta attends Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton where she is majoring in marketing and advertising.  Najla’s future plans include earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in marketing.  She says “this scholarship means that even though I have a disability, I still have the support of a wonderful team at HoG and family, giving me the tools I need to reach my goals.”

Natalie S. of Lawrenceville is a student at Georgia Institute of Technology where she is majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in psychology.  Her future plans include earning a master’s degree in chemistry and eventually working in a crime lab.  Natalie says “this scholarship gives me not only the opportunity to further my education, but also gives me the confidence that there are people who believe in me and want me to succeed.”

Sheldon G. of Jonesboro is majoring in biology and psychology at Atlanta Christian College in East Point.  He would like to become a doctor specializing in hematology or anesthesiology.  According to Sheldon, “HoG has given me the freedom to concentrate on school.  Now I don’t have to watch my mom scrape together money for school.  HoG has covered my needs and I am free to pursue my dream.  Thank you so much to all of those who give so generously and take a chance on people like me.”

Tatum M. from Bremen attends West Georgia College where she is majoring in Business Administrative Technology.  She plans to pursue a career as an office manager, administrative assistant or billing clerk.  According to Tatum, “I am honored to receive the John Youtsey Memorial Scholarship.  It will enable me to have the opportunity to be the first in my family to attend college and I hope to set an example for my younger siblings.”

William C. of Dacula  is majoring in finance and business at Georgia Gwinnett College.  After graduation, he plans to open his own company and become a stock broker.  According to William, “this scholarship means the world to me.  I would not be able to attend college this year if it was not for HoG. It literally saved my life when I received this scholarship.”

These scholarships are awarded in memory of John Youtsey, former professor and Associate Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Georgia State University. Youtsey provided dedicated leadership to Hemophilia of Georgia from its inception in 1973 until his death in 1996. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Hemophilia of Georgia and chaired the Scholarship Committee.

Each year, HoG awards the John Youtsey Memorial Scholarship to Georgia residents affected by hemophilia or other bleeding disorders. In addition, the scholarship is also available to children who have lost a parent to complications from a bleeding disorder. Over the years, the John Youtsey Memorial Scholarship Program has awarded more than 320 scholarships totaling over $850,000.