The Amputee Coalition names Christa Berry, 18, the recipient of the Christina Skoski, MD, Scholarship for 2016.
Berry is set to attend Mount Holyoke College in the fall, majoring in biology. Her goal is to attend graduate school and become a prosthetist.
“I was born without my right foot, so I have worn a prosthetic leg my entire life,” she says in a media release from The Amputee Coalition. “Even when I was little, I was fascinated by the process of getting a prosthesis, which is part of why I want to be a prosthetist.”
Berry is also an accomplished singer who has participated in various choirs since she was a child. In addition, she was a member of the Robotics Club during her junior and senior years at Granada High School, competing in VEX robotics tournaments. She also rides horses and wishes to try out for the varsity hunter/jumper equestrian team at college, per the release.
“We are so pleased to announce Christa as our Skoski Scholarship recipient,” states Susan Stout, president & CEO of the Amputee Coalition. “Her dedication to people with limb loss and her vision and aspirations for her future as a prosthetist embody what the scholarship is all about. Her academic, musical and technical accomplishments are an inspiration to all with limb loss.”
The $1,000 scholarship was established by Christina Skoski, MD, who received a hemipelvectomy amputation due to cancer since the age of 16. It is awarded annually to high school seniors or college freshmen with limb loss/difference who demonstrate excellence in their scholarly pursuits, according to the release.
For more information, visit the Amputee Coalition.
[Source: The Amputee Coalition]