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Alumni Education Scholarships

Dr. Harry Hahn, the medical director at Craig from 1979-1985, knew that education was one of the factors determining a graduate’s future success and quality of life.

To encourage Craig patients to pursue formal education, he established the Craig Alumni Scholarship Fund. For decades, the Scholarship Fund has been helping patients take the first steps toward a brighter future by providing them with support to pursue educational opportunities following their rehabilitation.

“Education is the key for a lot of people with disabilities,” says Terry Chase, former chairperson of the scholarship committee and former patient and family education program coordinator. “There are already so many disparities, in health, in income level and in access. This scholarship is just one way to help our graduates get beyond that shortfall.”

Following his rehabilitation, Matt Fritzie returned to college and received $3000 in support from the Craig Alumni Scholarship Fund.

The Kansas City native recently graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in biomedical engineering focusing on biomechanics with minors in mechanical engineering and mathematics.

Fritzie is headed to the University of Notre Dame for a master’s program in Engineering, Science & Technology Entrepreneurship. He is passionate about human movement, biomechanics and biomechatronics and hopes to advance technology in these expanding fields with application for individuals with mobility impairments.

“The Craig Alumni Scholarship helped motivate me to pursue my academic goals,” he says. “I hope to give back to the community at Craig through innovation that truly improves the quality of life for those affected by neurological impairments.”

Statistics

29

scholarshiop recipients in the 2016-2017 academic year

$45,000

awarded in the 2016-2017 academic year

The fund is supported by community donations and through the support of the Denver Alumnae Chapter of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. Contributions to this fund provide financial assistance with tuition and books for college education.

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Alumni Scholarship Awardee ​Kristopher Cordero

Kristopher was 16 years old when he sustained a spinal cord injury during a wrestling tournament. Following his four-month stay at Craig, he was able to complete high school. He graduated from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.

With the help of the Alumni Scholarship Program, Cordero received his Master of Science in Professional Counseling degree from Grand Canyon University in March 2015. He plans to specialize in trauma counseling and hopes to work with patients with similar injuries.

“Everything about counseling appeals to me, especially empowering and fixing broken lives,” Cordero says. “I feel my spinal cord injury will help me truly understand others and be empathetic.”