Student Receives Ruby's Rainbow Scholarship

Kent State University student and Medina resident, Erin Hawley, is the 2016 recipient of a $3,000 Ruby’s Rainbow scholarship. Ruby’s Rainbow grants scholarships to adults with Down syndrome who are seeking post-secondary education, enrichment or vocational classes. In the last five years, Ruby’s Rainbow has granted $290,000 in scholarship funds to more than 100 people, helping people with Down syndrome pursue their dreams of higher education and independence.

Hawley is attending her sophomore year at Kent State, and is studying in the Career & Community Studies program (CCS). CCS is a college-based, transition, non-degree program to prepare students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, TBI, and autism for adult life through academic pursuits, peer socialization, and career discovery and preparation. The program integrates inclusive classes, a typical college experience, and a transition curriculum to assist students in achieving adult roles and a quality of life in a community of their choice.

Hawley lives in an on-campus residence hall during the school year, enjoys listening to country music, singing karaoke with friends, and playing a variety of sports, such as cheerleading, golf, and horseback riding. However, nothing compares to her new favorite hobby, which is caring for her new nephew, Jack.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 9:49am
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 9:50am