2018-19 Hard of Hearing or Deaf Scholarship

December 15, 2019

Growing up with hearing loss had its fill of challenges for Ryan Blobe, an all-American student-athlete and Wisconsin medical student. Thanks to Sertoma’s scholarship, he is now able to worry about one less hurdle—paying for part of his education and dream.

Growing up with hearing loss had its fill of challenges for Ryan Blobe, an all-American student-athlete and Wisconsin medical student. Thanks to Sertoma’s scholarship, he is now able to worry about one less hurdle—paying for part of his education and dream.

Ryan was born two months premature and was diagnosed with hearing loss at the age of three. He wears hearing aids in both ears and depends on them every single day to hear in school and while playing sports. When he was younger, he relied heavily on the knowledge and skills of speech-language pathologists and deaf and hard of hearing teachers who helped perfect his speech, while also teaching him coping strategies. These individuals helped him excel in school and inevitably inspired him to give back.

Ryan’s biggest goal moving forward is to provide those in need with the medicine and resources necessary to live a healthier and happier life.
He is currently enrolled in an early assurance program through the school of pharmacy at Concordia University Wisconsin, and plans to obtain his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in seven years.

“With this degree, I will be able to support my future family while also giving back to my community,” Ryan stated. “I am grateful for this opportunity from Sertoma. My goal is to try and make one person’s day brighter every day.”

Sertoma holds a special place in his heart and he is ecstatic for the opportunity to further his dreams in the pharmaceutical field.
“If I could say one thing to the generous donors for making my dream possible, it would be thank you for your generosity!” Ryan exclaimed. “The financial burden of school is massive and now I can find some relief and focus on doing the best I can.”

Make a gift today to continue helping aspiring and deserving students just like Natalie!

 


6 Comments

  • Karen Brooks says:

    Hi,

    I don’t know if you can help me but my husband, Kevin, 55, has substantial hearing loss. However, we do not have the money for hearing aids.. He is currently unemployed but studying for his Real Estate license coming up very soon. We have no savings for retirement or otherwise and this new career may be our only chance at having a retirement. We have just barely enough to get him into Real Estate but for nothing else. We have 2 car payments and a mortgage. No credit card debt. Last year we lost our roof twice and our cars were totaled due to softball sized hail, in June and August. His hearing loss affects our relationship greatly, not to mention his job. Please help, or point me in the right direction.

    Thank you,

    Karen Brooks

    • Merritt Whitley says:

      Hi Karen,

      Thank you for sharing your story. We are sorry to hear about the obstacles that you and your husband have faced. However, we can provide you with some resources that may be help to provide hearing aids.

      Please click the link below to explore a variety of state and national resources. You may also use the links at the top of the page to learn more about the national Hearing Aid Project. We hope this list of organizations and programs can help!

      https://hearingaiddonations.org/resources/

  • Stephen Higgins says:

    Hi, I am Stephen I came across your posting and very inspiring. I can relate to your story I was four when I lost my hearing. I been through waves of not being able to hear although, I speak very well and all through school I have gone to hearing schools. I am am pursuing my Bachelor’s in Psychology counseling trouble teens. I should be done summer of Next Year!

  • Walt Zimmerman says:

    I’m inspired, truly!
    “Let no one ever come to you, without leaving BETTER, and HAPPIER.”

    Sertoma Club of Mesa, Arizona

  • Rebecca Gravatt says:

    You are an amazing young woman Natalie! So inspired by your story and your accomplishments!!!!

  • Bob Centanni says:

    KEEP UP YOUR DREAM. YOUR SUCCESS WILL INSPIRE OTHERS
    CARSON VALLEY SERTOMA (NV)

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