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Cochlear announces 2024 winners of annual scholarships

The Graeme Clark, Anders Tjellstro?m and Vocational Scholarships recognize exemplary leaders throughout the hearing loss community

LONE TREE, Colo., Feb. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Eight outstanding Cochleartm Nucleus« Implant, CochlearáBaha« System and Cochlear Osia« System recipients have been announced as the winners of the 2024 annual Cochlear Academic Scholarships. From founding nonprofit organizations to performing in musicals, to telling underrepresented stories through visual art, and much more, each of the recipients have extraordinary stories on top of their perseverance through hearing loss.

The scholarships recognize Cochlear recipients in the United States and Canada who uphold the Cochlear ideals of leadership, humanity, and demonstrate high academic achievement.

"This year we received more than 180 submissions from our accomplished recipients. Each and every applicant has an impressive story of overcoming challenges while contributing to their communities in their own way. We are honored to be just a part of their amazing journeys," RenÚ Courtney, Vice President & General Manager, Recipient Services, Cochlear Americas, and head of the Academic Scholarships Program, said.

In its 22nd year, the Graeme Clark Scholarship is named after Professor Graeme Clark who invented the multi-channel cochlear implant and is awarded to academically exceptional Cochlear Nucleus Implant recipients. The 2024 Graeme Clark Scholarship winners are:

"It is because of Cochlear that I have become determined in my mission of helping others through medical research, and with this scholarship, I can learn with no barriers in my way to carry out my mission, to hopefully find new medical discoveries like the one made by Graeme Clark that has allowed me to live my life in both the hearing world and the deaf world," Aaron Reynoso, Cochlear Nucleus implant recipient and Graeme Clark Scholarship recipient said.

In its 13th year, the Anders Tjellstr÷m Scholarship is named after Dr. Anders Tjellstr÷m, who in collaboration with others created the first bone conduction hearing implant and has worked tirelessly to restore hearing to people around the world. The 2024 Anders Tjellstr÷m Scholarship winners are:

"I heard sounds I had never perceived: a public bus stopping, a plane in the distance, clarity in conversations and music. It was an emotional and euphoric experience to gain the full capacity of my hearing. To this day, I am immensely grateful for the advancements of medical technology and hearing restoration," Elana Rose Lapetina said about her Baha Sound Processer.

Now in its second year, the scholarships include the Cochlear Americas Vocational Scholarship, for students attending technical, vocational or trade schools. The 2024 Cochlear Americas Vocational Scholarship winner is:

"After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, I plan to pursue opening my own restaurant or become a private chef. I'd like to inspire other deaf and hard of hearing people to get in the kitchen and learn to cook and create. It would be amazing to have a Deaf staff to grow and support," Max Grefe, winner of the Cochlear Vocational Scholarship said.

Academic scholarship winners will receive $2,000 per year for up to four years at an accredited college or university, providing $8,000 to each student. Vocational scholarship winners receive $2,000 per year for up to two years. This adds up to $60,000 in total scholarship funds given by Cochlear Americas for this year's winners. Since 2002, Cochlear Americas has awarded $1,024,000 to 128 college students.

About the Scholarships
A total of 188 applications were received this year. An esteemed panel of judges helped review and select the scholarship winners:

Erika Gagnon, Au.D., CCC-A

Clinical Assistant Professor, Audiology Manager, Children's Cochlear Implant Center at UNC

Michelle Kraskin, Au.D., CCC-A

Assistant Director, Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, Weill Cornell Medicine

Kathy Newbern, Med., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Speech Language Pathologist & Auditory-Verbal Therapist, Atlanta Speech School

Leslie Rosenthal, Au.D., CCC-A

Director, Speech and Audiology, Department of Otolaryngology, LIJ Hearing and Speech Center

Gabrielle S. Watson, Au.D., CCC-A

Clinical Audiologist, Michigan Medicine Cochlear Implant Program, Hearing Rehabilitation Center, Department of Otolaryngology

For more information about the scholarships, visitáCochlear.com/us/Scholarship.

About Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH)
People have always been Cochlear's inspiration, ever since Professor Graeme Clark set out to create the first multi-channel cochlear implant after seeing his father struggle with hearing loss. Since 1981, Cochlear has provided more than 750,000 devices in more than 180 countries, helping people of all ages around the world to hear. As the global leader ináimplantable hearing solutions, Cochlear connects people with life's opportunities, and welcomes them to the world's largest hearing implant community.

Cochlear has a global workforce of around 4,800 people, with a passion for progress, who strive to meet the needs of people living with hearing loss. The company continually innovates to anticipate future needs, investing more than AUD$2.7 billion to date in research and development to push the boundaries of technology and help more people hear.

SOURCE Cochlear Americas

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