The Amputee Coalition awarded Theresa Ott of Modesto, California, with the Christina Skoski, MD, scholarship, according to a press release.
“On behalf of the Amputee Coalition, we are very pleased to announce Theresa as the recipient of this prestigious award,” Kendra Calhoun, president and CEO of the Amputee Coalition, said in the release. “Not only has she excelled academically, but Theresa is a young woman with a strong commitment to her goal of helping others through a career in nursing. She has also shown real leadership in the limb loss community by publishing an interactive newsletter for young amputees.”
A bilateral transtibial amputee, Ott first attended the Amputee Coalition Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp when she was 12 years old to meet other young amputees. Ott returned to camp as a leader in training to provide support and help other campers gain confidence. She will attend either the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, or Benedictine College, Kan., in the fall, where she plans to study nursing.
“The scholarship will help me to pursue a career as a certified nurse midwife. Being a bilateral transtibial amputee has not discouraged me; instead, it has motivated me to live my life to its fullest through my faith, community and education,” Ott said in the release.