Fairfax’s Will Andes lost his hearing as a newborn. A preemie, he developed an infection, and a high bilirubin level plus treatment with the antibiotic gentamicin caused a profound hearing loss.
But he didn’t let it hamper his desire to accomplish to lead as normal a life as possible and accomplish worthwhile things. And now, he’s one of just five students in North America to receive a Graeme Clark Scholarship from Cochlear Americas.
Named after the inventor of the cochlear implant, it’s for $2,000/year for up to four years and goes to students who’ve overcome deafness and achieved academic and personal success. Andes was chosen by a panel of judges from more than 150 applicants.
"I found out about the scholarship in my senior year at Woodson High,” said Andes, now 20. “I applied, but didn’t get it; so I reapplied in my sophomore year at UVA.” This time, he got it and was thrilled. “I’m going to put it toward tuition,” he said.
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