A Scholarship Like No Other: The Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award

Are you heading off to university or college this coming September? Whether you are entering your very first year or returning for another, you’re in the right place!

Less than a month from now, applications for the Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award are due – but don’t fret! There is still plenty of time to submit your application!

Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award

What is this award, you might ask? Well, it’s a one of a kind opportunity to recognize teenagers and young adults who have helped to raise awareness of allergies and anaphylaxis in their communities. I would encourage anyone who is reading this to apply! The award not only highlights the amazing work done by various individuals, it also reminds us of the importance of educating others about the risks of allergies and anaphylaxis, so we can strive to prevent tragedies like that of Sabrina Shannon. Sadly, Sabrina passed away in 2003 after a fatal anaphylactic reaction at school.

Sydney walking at school

I was lucky enough to receive the award last year, in recognition of my design of an epinephrine auto-injector carrying device, my participation in “Ask a Teen” allergy panels, and my starring role in the educational video, Food Allergies and High School. Receiving the award was a tremendous honour. Plus, it provided me with the funding needed to purchase textbooks and get involved in my school’s synchronized swimming team. This coming fall, I will be returning to my second year of Nursing studies, and I look forward to reading about the 2012 recipients!

If you are interested in applying, please visit the Why Risk It? Youth Website at http://www.whyriskit.ca/pages/posts/2012-sabrina-shannon-memorial-award41.php.

Don’t forget to submit your application by June 22, 2012! If you have any questions about the award, please leave a comment below.

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