EarQ and the NFLPA awarded scholarships to five student athletes with hearing loss who showed courage and determination on and off the field.
SYRACUSE, NY, MAY 2, 2018 - EarQ and the NFL Players Association’s Professional Athletes Foundation launched its third annual scholarship program for student athletes with hearing loss. Through the program, five students received $1,000 that went towards their higher education.
EarQ and the NFLPA have been tackling issues surrounding hearing loss since the partnership began in 2011. Its efforts have included spearheading a research study on hearing loss in former pro players, providing hearing screenings for players and their family members, and connecting them with the hearing care and technology they need.
The scholarship program was born in 2015 in an effort to inspire a new generation of athletes who have overcome challenges surrounding their hearing loss. The program is open to high school juniors through college sophomores who have played at least one year of high school varsity sports and are attending—or have plans to attend—a college or university.
Todd Honas was the first recipient of the scholarship when he was a high school senior. He went on to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he played as a wide-receiver.
“Even though I battled against an array of problems, I didn’t let those problems define me,” said Todd. “Whether we like it or not, we will all face adversity, but it can be overcome with courage and relentless pursuit.”
The program began with two athletes per year being granted the scholarship; however, after seeing interest increase in 2017, the program has expanded to offer five scholarships. Applicants should submit a written essay along with the application packet that describes their personal experience with hearing loss and/or hearing devices, and how they would utilize the scholarship funds to help them achieve their life goals.
To learn more about the scholarship and how you can apply, please visit the dedicated webpage.