5 Scholarship Winners Launch New ROR Tradition –


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Recently Reach Out Recovery (ROR) was thrilled to deliver five  $1,000 checks to college students with compelling stories to tell about addiction in their lives and dreams for the future. With the new scholarship fund, ROR started a new tradition.  We received a total of over 40+ entries from students all over the country with inspiring stories to tell. Next year we hope to do more.

Amazing Donors Increase Scholarships

The ROR winners include 2 males and 3 females. The contest originally quoted three winners would be picked, but the selection board felt it impossible to limit themselves to choosing only three. Instead they asked our amazing donors to help us raise additional funds. ROR raised the necessary funds and were able to award five scholarships this year. The winners are completely different and yet all share a similar thread of overcoming difficulty and creating an amazing life for themselves. They attend Indiana University, University of Texas, Penn State, and California Polytechnic State University.  Here are their stories:

And The Winners Are:

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Shannon Skowbo attending California Polytechnic State University this fall. She is working towards getting her BA and eventually a Masters in Kinesiology. While her grades are great it was her spark and capacity to let go of her past to focus on her future that caught the attention of the board. This Summer she worked as a camp counselor and server for a catering company. She chose Kinesiology because of her belief that exercise contributes so much to a person’s overall health. In her thank you note she wrote to ROR, “I start back to Cal Poly September 14th and this money will keep me above water through the first quarter of my sophomore year.”  We are happy to invest in this young woman’s future of helping others to live healthy lives.

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Our next winner, Brian Nibbelink, has traveled the world while serving in the United States Army. He protected foreign diplomats in the Middle East and today has a beautiful young family. Brian has been accepted to Pharmacy School at the University of Texas. After graduation, his dream is to return to many of the third world nations he has been to as a soldier. This time as a pharmacist teaching people about the benefits of medications.  In his thank you he stated, “I am both grateful and humbled there are organizations like Reach Out Recovery that give to students to alleviate some of the financial burden placed upon them. This scholarship will help reduce some of the anxiety of tuition costs.” ROR is proud to support your vision to help the world and thank you for your service.

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Jessica Duke is also one of our winners. She is a Junior at Indiana University and majoring in Human Biology. She has a gripping childhood story and yet graduated at the top of her high school class and as the vice president of the National Honor Society. She writes, ” To the many who know me, it seems as if I have all of my eggs in a basket and that I know exactly where my plans will lead me to next. But what most people don’t know is that my younger years were fulled with significant obstacles that were difficult to overcome.” Her dream is to go onto graduate school and become a research scientist. She writes to ROR, “Being chosen as a recipient of the Reach Out Recovery scholarship mean the world to me. When I think about what the are Reach Out Recovery Scholarship and the people promoting it have done for me, I become very emotional and teary-eyed.” Reach Out Recovery is thrilled to help you achieve the next step towards achieving your goal, Jessica.

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Our fourth winner, Aaron Pinto, had an unusual story of tenacity. He attended an NBA playoff game in early summer and after witnessing LeBron James slam dunk a basket in the final minutes, he told his friends he was going to dunk a basketball. They burst out laughing and tried to persuade him to quit before he had even started, “You’re 5’10”, Hispanic, and Indian. Your genetics are stacked against you.”  Over the months that followed his tenacity and hard work soon turned these same doubting friends into cheering supporters. Aaron wrote “I had to make sacrifices in my social life, diet, and time. However, that daily discipline gave me a “no excuses” mentality to give me the desired result.” On July 27th he dunked a basketball for the first time. He will be a Senior at the University of Texas and ROR is happy to help Aaron achieve his latest goal of graduating with an Engineering degree.

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Grayson McCloy was ROR’s fifth winner. She is studying Chemistry at Penn State and is also on the Women’s Track and Field team.  She wrote, “We are only given one chance on this earth and addiction has demonstrated to me how close that chance can be ripped away from you. I want to make the most out of my time on this earth and I have promised myself that I won’t anything else take control of that.”  She hopes to also acquire a minor in Biochemistry and earn a quality control internship at Croda, one of the world’s leading supplier of specialty raw materials. Grayson’s wrote in her thank you note, “After reviewing the (ROR) site, I was immediately impressed by the values this non profit was build upon.” ROR is happy to help you achieve this wonderful goal.

The five ROR winners reflect a unique quality of living in the present and creating a life so they can be of service to others. Service completes the cycle of recovery. Congratulations to all our winners and have a great school year.

Look for our scholarship next year and apply. We hope to be able to offer even more scholarships next year.

A Reach Out Recovery Exclusive By: Nadine Knapp

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Nadine Knapp

I was born into a large Catholic Family of 14 children in Upstate New York. I graduated with my degree in Professional and Technical Writing from University of South Florida. My recovery story began when I witnessed addiction in close relatives and friends. Unable to change them I began to focus on what I could change, me. Building a support system for myself I now strive daily to keep the focus on me. In my articles I sometimes share stories from my own experience, strength, and hope. It is my hope that others will find courage to see "the elephant in the room" and seek out help for themselves against this cunning,baffling,and powerful disease.

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