Meet Adam Kozuszek, a freshman entering his first year of college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Adam comes from a long history of farmers and he enjoys being a big brother to his two younger sisters, Sarah and Clara. Adam was born with Microtia and Atresia of his right ear, but his hearing loss and Microtia have never gotten in the way of his goals in life. While Adam has never had reconstructive surgery and does not wear a hearing device, he has always been involved in top roles in school, has always been a hard worker, and is a confident individual. While attending Waltonville High School, Adam was very involved with sports and an active member to many organizations that he belonged to. Adam was the President of his high school’s FFA chapter and also a section FFA officer as well. He was the Vice President of FBLA and a member of student council, Beta, and FCA and as the varsity captain for his school’s Scholar Bowl team, he was named MVP last year. In addition, Adam plays golf and was the team manger for his school’s basketball team. He was also a past recipient of the Woodmen of the World American History Award and was an Illinois State Scholar.
Adam has a lot on his plate as he helps work on his family’s farm and also on two other farms in his neighborhood. Adam loves farming and it has been a big part of his life ever since he was born. Some of his earliest memories include him sitting on his grandpa’s lap and steering the tractor through the field. By the time Adam was eleven years old, he was already doing field work by himself. As Adam enters college, he plans on earning a degree in Agricultural Engineering.
Adam applied to Ear Community for our college scholarship as he is paying his own way through college. “Whenever funds are available, Ear Community is always proud to help individuals who have Microtia and Atresia with their education.” says Melissa Tumblin. “There is no doubt in my mind that Adam will excel at his education and in anything he puts his mind to in life…especially coming out of high school with a 3.995 GPA as the class Salutatorian and having a 30 on his ACT” says Melissa. Adam hopes to work for a farming machinery equipment manufacturer like John Deere or Case IH someday.
Ear Community is proud to have been able to help Adam further his education by awarding him a college scholarship in the amount of $750.00 (USD). Adam was awarded the Ear Community scholarship just in time for his first semester of college this fall. All of us at Ear Community wish you the best of luck with your education and your dreams Adam.
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