We are thrilled to announce the recipient of this year’s Growing Healthy Kids High School Scholarship at The Youth Clinic: Noah Anderson! The Rocky Mountain High School senior’s primary providers are Mary Baker, PA-C and Dr. O’Brien, who are both Colorado natives and have been at The Youth Clinic for 15 years or more.
Noah’s essay submission touched our hearts as he shared his remarkable story of resilience and determination. Despite facing many challenges in life, including a physical disability, which made it difficult to develop friendships with others, he leans into his superpower as a “true overcomer” to attack life’s challenges head-on. This is a characteristic he says he inherited from his mother saying, “Had she not had an overcoming spirit and accepted what she was told about me [and my disability], I’m not sure I would be here today.”
With the help of The Youth Clinic’s $1,000 scholarship, Anderson plans to attend Front Range Community College to complete some core engineering classes before heading to Colorado State University to pursue his bioengineering degree.
“I am excited to design, develop, and test medical equipment; work to create more medical safety; work with biomaterials; tissue mechanics; clinical engineering and interface between machines and humans.”
The Youth Clinic Growing Healthy Kids High School Scholarship application requires students to turn in an essay describing a time he or she had to overcome a challenge. Essays are scored based on theme and content, organization and development, grammar, mechanics, and style.
Noah’s story serves as a powerful reminder that challenges can be overcome with perseverance and a positive mindset. By refusing to accept his situation or settle for a lifetime of disability, Noah embodies the very spirit of our scholarship program—to empower young individuals to pursue their dreams and actively contribute to society in a meaningful way.
Congratulations to Noah for his well-deserved recognition as the recipient of The Youth Clinic Growing Healthy Kids High School Scholarship. We eagerly anticipate witnessing his ongoing growth, as he continues to thrive and make a lasting impact in his community!