Courage Center Honors Four Students With EMPOWER Scholarships

Saturday, June 28, 2008 General News
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MINNEAPOLIS, June 27 On June 18, Courage Center honoredfour young people with an EMPOWER scholarship. Established in 1994, theEMPOWER scholarship encourages and supports ethnically diverse students topursue a career in the medical or rehabilitation field. Scholarshiprecipients are:

Carien Amezeua Arellano, West St. Paul, Minn., a 2008 graduate ofArlington High School. Arellano participated in Admission Possible, a collegereadiness program. She plans to attend the College of St. Catherine in St.Paul, Minn. Her goal is to become a doctor that gives back to places in theworld that desperately need better health care. She volunteered more than 200hours in healthcare related positions.

Amanda Merton, Stillwater, Minn., a 2006 graduate of Stillwater Area HighSchool. Merton completed her Associates Degree in Child Development at St.Paul College and is pursuing a Bachelors Degree as a Child Life Specialist.Her goal is to work in a hospital with children. Merton volunteered more than100 hours in her community, much of it Children's Hospital in St. Paul.

Manasa Kanneganti, Woodbury, Minn., a 2008 graduate of the Math andScience Academy in Woodbury. She plans to attend Boston University medicalschool with a goal of becoming a neurosurgeon. She would like to help peoplewith spinal cord injuries and brain injuries. She volunteered more than 400hours in her community, including 200 hours at Woodwinds Health Campus.

Sokunthea Pho, Rochester, Minn., a 2008 graduate of Century High School.She is pursuing a degree in Biology at the University of Minnesota. Phovolunteered more than 100 hours, much of it at the Rochester MethodistHospital Auxiliary gift shop. She is also a member of the Mayo's YoungVolunteer Program. Her long-term goal is to become a plastic surgeon andreturn to Cambodia to help those who have suffered atrocities in their life bycorrecting their physical appearance.

About the EMPOWER Scholarship

The EMPOWER scholarship is open to residents of Minnesota and westernWisconsin who have been accepted to or are enrolled in a higher-learninginstitution. Volunteer involvement, including experience in a healthcarefield, is required. Each recipient receives $1,500, which is renewable.Funds are made available through the David M. Hersey Endowment Fundadministered by Courage Center.

About Courage Center

Courage Center is a nonprofit rehabilitation and resource center thatadvances the lives of children and adults experiencing barriers to health andindependence. At Courage Center, we specialize in treating brain injury;spinal cord injury; stroke; chronic pain; autism; and disabilities experiencedsince birth. Founded in 1928, Minneapolis-based Courage Center offersadvanced technologies and innovation provided in part through the efforts ofthousands of volunteers and donors. For more information

CONTACT: Sue Warner, communications managerCourage Center, 763-520-0263,

SOURCE Courage Center

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