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Cochlear Americas Announces 2008 Graeme Clark Scholarship Winners

Friday, January 25, 2008 General News J E 4
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DENVER, Jan. 24 Cochlear Americas, the world leader inadvanced hearing solutions, today announced the winners of the 2008 GraemeClark Scholarship awards. Five students have been selected to receive up to$38,000 of financial assistance toward an accredited university. The GraemeClark Cochlear Scholarship Foundation was launched in 2002 to recognize theremarkable achievements of individuals who also happen to have a Nucleuscochlear implant -- a small electronic device that can restore a sense ofhearing to someone who is deaf.

"This year's scholarship winners were selected from an inspirational poolof applicants who have benefited through use of their cochlear implants," saidChris Smith, President, Cochlear Americas. "We believe that education empowerspeople to be more independent and to more fully participate in the economicand social benefits of our society and are happy to be able to provideassistance to such intelligent and successful young adults as they move intothe next chapter of their lives."

For 2008, Cochlear Americas received 95 scholarship applications fromstudents in 24 states across the U.S. and three provinces in Canada. Eligiblestudents must have a Nucleus cochlear implant and must be entering their firstyear of college or enrolled in an accredited university. Selection criteriainclude academic performance, letters of recommendation, awards and activities,and a short personal essay describing academic inspiration and other interests.Brief biographies of the scholarship winners may be found by visiting CochlearAmericas, http://www.cochlearamericas.com.

About the Graeme Clark Cochlear Scholarship Foundation

The Foundation was established in 2002 in honor of Professor Graeme Clark,Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Melbourne, for his lifelongcommitment to finding a solution for the hearing impaired and his pioneeringwork in the field of cochlear implant technology. Professor Clark inventedthe world's first multichannel cochlear implant over 20 years ago. Awarded byCochlear, this scholarship consists of financial assistance towards a collegedegree at an accredited university. The award is paid in yearly installmentsupon the completion of each year of study. Each award is in the amount of$2,000 per year for up to a total of four years. Scholarships are awarded onthe basis of academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to theCochlear ideals of leadership and humanity. For more information about theGraeme Clark Cochlear Scholarship Foundation, call 800/458-4999 (Voice) or800/483-3123 (TTY), or visit the Web site at http://www.cochlear.com.

About Cochlear Americas

Since launching the world's first cochlear implant system more than 25years ago, Cochlear Limited and its US headquarters, Cochlear Americas, havebrought the miracle of sound to more than 130,000 hearing-impaired individualsacross the globe. Cochlear's state-of-the-art technologies, based on extensiveresearch and development at preeminent academic institutions, restore theability to hear sound and understand speech-enhancing both learningcapabilities and quality of life for those with severe to profound hearingloss. Cochlear has remained the market leader in its field thanks to anunwavering commitment to innovation, reliability and customer support.Numerous awards, as well as published scientific data, attest to Cochlear'soutstanding product line and unsurpassed performance. Cochlear's promise "Hearnow. And Always" reflects their philosophy of a lifetime commitment to thoseindividuals who choose their product. For more information about Cochlear'sproducts, call the Cochlear Nucleus Hotline at 800/458-4999 (Voice) or800/483-3123 (TTY) or visit the website at http://www.cochlear.comThe five scholarship winners include: -- Shoshana Cohn (West Hartford, CT), a freshman at Bowdoin College. Cohn was diagnosed with hearing lo
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