Posts Tagged ‘National Guard’


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Charles Bryant


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Occupational Therapy…the words alone make me think of a therapeutic way to assist someone with a work-related injury.  That is indeed one aspect of OT, but the field is very broad and enables people of all ages to participate in the activities of everyday life.

Gina Czmowski


This week’s feature scholar, Gina Czmowski, is an Occupational Therapy major at the University of North Dakota.  As the recipient of a $3000 Colonel Abraham M Ehrlich/ThanksUSA Scholarship, Gina has begun her pre-OT studies and is looking forward to a career that will help others live their lives to the fullest.


Gina explains that her inspiration to study occupational therapy came from witnessing its impact on a friend: “The thought of having a career that helps people accomplish their goals seems incredibly rewarding. I also have seen what an impact occupational therapy has had on a dear friend of mine; it was her experiences that initially made me want to pursue such a career.”

After finishing her studies at UND, Gina plans to become a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, possibly in a school setting.   With a great understanding of anatomy, neurology, and psychology, Gina will be able to help even the youngest patients through therapeutic play.

Gina is very focused on her studies, but also enjoys volunteering with a local homeless shelter and food pantry. Although she is obviously accomplished in her own studies, Gina’s greatest respect is for her father: “My dad has been working for the South Dakota National Guard for my entire life, so I have never known anything different.  Since September 11th, a bit of fear has existed concerning my dad being deployed overseas, but all military families have such thoughts.  I am proud and honored that my dad chooses to serve our country. Any challenges that I have faced I am sure numerous other military dependents have experienced as well.  Plus, any challenges that I have faced are nothing compared to what the men and women serving our country experience.”

Thank you for sharing, Gina!  ThanksUSA understands the challenges and sacrifices faced by our military families every day.  By making your tax-deductible donation today, you will be helping students like Gina attain their educational goals.   As she nears completion of her first year of studies, Gina reflects on receiving the ThanksUSA scholarship, saying, “Being a first year student is frightening enough trying to adjust to college life.  Having to worry about finances on top of that makes the transition that much more stressful. Some of that fear was alleviated by receiving the ThanksUSA scholarship.”

With continued support from donors like you, ThanksUSA plans to award 500 scholarships worth $3000 each for the 2010/2011 academic year. ThanksUSA Scholarship applications will be accepted until May 15, 2010.

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