A $12,000 grant from Oticon Pediatrics, Somerset, NJ, has enabled Sertoma Inc to award $1,000 scholarships to 12 outstanding college-bound students with hearing loss.

The winning students with mild to profound hearing loss were selected from more than 275 entries received from students across the country, says Oticon.  This is the ninth year that Oticon Pediatrics has lent its “student friendly” support to Sertoma’s scholarship program for young people with hearing loss.

The 2009 scholarship winners are:  Garima Agrawal, Rochester Institute of Technology; Sara Alexander, University of Buffalo; Colin Analco, Gallaudet University; Daniel Connors, University of Alabama; Robert Dooling, Rochester Institute of Technology; Jacqueline Drexler, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Alexa Garfinkel, Colorado State University; Kelsie Graham, Middle Tennessee State University; Courtney Hammond, Eastern Washington University; Kelly Ann McCrary, Rochester Institute of Technology; Rahul Rajagopalan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Sara Sapp, University of Florida.

Students may use their scholarship awards for any school-related expenses, such as tuition, books, and supplies during any academic term, including summer term.

Oticon is a long-time supporter of the educational initiatives of Sertoma, one of the oldest civic service clubs in the United States promoting civic responsibility through community service.

[Source: Oticon]