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Diane Bojarcik, Class of 2014, Recipient of Kate Finlayson Memorial Scholarship

Diane Bojarcik ‘14 is a recipient of the Kate Finlayson Memorial Scholarship through the Hydrocephalus Association. This organization provides scholarships to future young leaders that have gone through the challenges and obstacles of Hydrocephalus to allow them to further their education, to help their community, and to inspire others.

Diane said, “Eventually I would also love to become a published children’s author.  I have been working on a story for the past couple of years where the protagonist is a little boy living with Hydrocephalus.”  She is well on her way to realizing her dream of becoming a published children’s author, having graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in English.  She is currently pursuing a Master of Education Degree in Reading with a Reading Specialist Certification and plans to pursue a doctorate in Education. 
 
Diane has goals to help students better themselves in the classroom.  “I want to open my own Reading and Math clinic where I can offer access to Reading Specialists, Math Specialists, and tutors in one place.”  Learning occurred differently for Diane who struggled with math and teachers who did not understand her disability.  However, these struggles strengthened her drive to help others learn.
 
“I was determined to overcome my struggles and become the best teacher I could be to my future students.  I did not want children in the future to suffer from the same struggles as I did growing up. I wanted the future children, who struggled with learning, to understand in ways that my teachers growing up never understood.  I wanted to ensure that no one else was told they could not accomplish what they wanted in life just because of some who doubt their abilities.”
 
We know Diane will continue to provide her students with the knowledge to be successful in their futures. Congratulations Diane!