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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Pfizer's Soozie Courter Scholarship Program Turns 18!

I am honored to say I knew Soozie Courter: she was a "neighbor," just living in the next town, and we one time shared a ride to the airport. A lovely, committed and intelligent woman, taken too soon. Below is a special annoucement by Pfizer, to benefit the community in the name of this wonderful woman. -- Laurie

Pfizer Hemophilia is excited to announce the 18th year of the Soozie Courter Scholarship program. Named to honor a valued and respected friend of the hemophilia community, the Soozie Courter scholarship is a tuition assistance program sponsored by Pfizer that aims to help students advance their academic goals.

Scholarships are awarded to applicants who present the best combination of a creative and persuasive essay, excellent recommendations and superior academic standing. For the 2015-2016 academic year, Pfizer will award:
·       Five $4,000 graduate scholarships
·       Ten $2,500 college scholarships, including vocational schools

William Bowles, 2014 Soozie Courter scholarship winner, is using the scholarship funds he was awarded to help him obtain a Master of Public Affairs degree at Columbia University in NYC and plans to eventually pursue a PhD in Business Policy. He ultimately hopes to work with local state governments on policies to help improve business development in the rural south. According to William, “coping with a genetic disorder does not mean sacrificing commitments, dreams, or career aspirations.”

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must have either hemophilia A or hemophilia B and be a high school senior, have a high school diploma or general education development (GED) credential, or be currently enrolled in an accredited junior college, college (as an undergraduate or graduate student), or vocational school. All completed applications must be postmarked or sent via e-mail no later than May 20, 2015. To download an application, please visit here. To learn about the inspiring stories of past winners, check out the Pfizer Facebook Page, Our Hemophilia Community.

The 18th anniversary of the Soozie Courter scholarship illustrates the long standing pledge by Pfizer to help patients with hemophilia further their education. To learn more about other ways Pfizer is supporting the hemophilia community, visit Hemophilia Village. From diagnosis to dating, the newly refreshed site provides tips, resources, and words of wisdom to help you navigate through the various challenges that arise throughout the years.

This is a paid announcement by Pfizer.

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