Meet Monique Hernandez. Monique is an undergraduate student in her last semester studying Psychology at Arizona State University. Monique was born with Microtia and Atresia of her left ear. Monique has not had reconstructive surgery and is unaided. Last year, Monique wasn’t sure if she would be able to complete her undergraduate degree because of not having the financial assistance to continue going to college. Monique applied to Ear Community and was named one of Ear Community’s college scholarship recipients and was awarded a scholarship that could help her complete her degree. Monique was also able to find additional funding for college through another helpful resource as well.
Monique plans to earn her Masters degree in Marriage and Family counseling. Monique would also like to work with Child Protective Services where she would be able to help with children and family interactions as a psychology counselor. Monique’s ultimate dream is to “help families with emotional and spiritual healing within her own business.” “Ear Community recognizes the importance of achieving a higher education and believes in supporting teens and young adults who wish to carry out their dreams by earning their college degree.” states Melissa Tumblin, Founder and Executive Director of Ear Community. Whenever funds are available, Ear Community is always proud to help individuals who have Microtia and Atresia with their education.” says Melissa Tumblin.
Monique enjoys challenging herself and believes in living the dream. One of her favorite quotes is the following from Bernard Edmonds, “To dream anything that you want to dream. That’s the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do. That is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed.” Ear Community is proud to have been able to help Monique by awarding her a college scholarship for $750.00 (USD). Monique was awarded her Ear Community scholarship just in time for her last semester of college this fall. All of us at Ear Community wish you the best of luck with your education and your dream Monique.
Melissa Tumblin, Founder of Ear Community
Ear Community Board of Directors