Seville, Ohio, May 29, 2013 -- SHC/The Arc of Medina County recognized Miranda Bateman, Lauren Cartwright and Jeremy Kerns as the 2013 H.O.P.E. Scholarship recipients at the 60th annual meeting. Each received a $1,000 scholarship to further their education in a disability-related field.
Miranda is attending Lorain County Community College to study social work and has spent the last four and a half years working in two different SHC homes. When Miranda graduates, she would like to continue working with individuals with disabilities. She feels the best way to help improve the public image of the individuals is to continue to get them involved in their community.
In her scholarship application, Miranda said, “Not everyone has had contact with someone with a disability. They have no idea how wonderful and how much fun these individuals can be. With a degree in Social Work, I’d be in a position to do more.”
Lauren attends the University of Akron in the Master of Science Special Education Mild/Moderate Licensure Program. Lauren is currently an Instructional Paraprofessional at Medina City Schools where she helps children with developmental disabilities and assists in course modifications.
Lauren started her career at SHC’s Camp Paradise. She spent two years serving as assistant camp director and last summer as camp director. In addition to working at Camp, Lauren was the program curriculum manager at SHC’s day program, The Link. She also served SHC in the role of program manager in clinical operations before taking a position with Medina City Schools.
In applying for the scholarship, Lauren said, “I aspire to teach students the skills they need for the jobs they want in the community. I hope to teach them how to navigate the community in which they live. It is vital that individuals with disabilities have the skills to shop, eat, socialize and learn within their neighborhood.”
Jeremy will attend the Cleveland Clinic School of Diagnostic Imaging specializing in Cat Scan. He is a full-time staff member at SHC, and has worked with individuals with disabilities for 10 years.
Jeremy hopes to take his experience working with individuals with disabilities and share it with others in the diagnostic imaging field. In his application he said, “With my experience working with individuals with disabilities, as a technologist I will be able to provide the best treatment possible. I hope to help my co-workers who may be inexperienced with developmentally disabled individuals have a better understanding of what it is like providing treatment for these individuals.”
About the Scholarship
The H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Pursue Excellence) Scholarship assists SHC members or an unmarried child or grandchild of a member in their efforts to gain a higher education in a disability-related field. The H.O.P.E. Scholarship Committee awards the scholarships at the SHC Annual Meeting in May of each year. The SHC Endowment Fund supports the H.O.P.E. Scholarship.
About SHC/The Arc of Medina County
Founded in 1953, SHC/The Arc of Medina County is celebrating 60 years of care, training and adult education, supported employment, housing, and recreation to both children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities in Medina County. SHC serves as the local chapter of The Arc, is a United Way Partner Agency, and a founding member of LEAVE A LEGACY® program. For more information about programs and services, call the SHC/The Arc of Medina County office at 330-722-1900.
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