The Amputee Coalition announced that Riley Quinn, of San Carlos, California, is the recipient of the Christina Skoski, MD, Scholarship for 2015. He will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he will major in management science with a math minor at the Sloan School of Management. Quinn, who was born without his left hand, played football, basketball, and baseball while in high school. He was also the only senior in his class of 400 to earn straight As.
“I was honored and thrilled when I heard that I was the recipient of the…scholarship,” Quinn said. “I hope to be an inspiration to other young people facing obstacles and challenges. I want to work with others to find ways to fulfill their potential.”
Established by Christina Skoski, MD, a longtime supporter of the Amputee Coalition who had a cancer-related hemipelvectomy at the age of 16, the scholarship is awarded annually to high school seniors or college freshmen with limb loss or limb difference who demonstrate excellence in their scholarly pursuits. Scholarship recipients receive $1,000 toward the costs of attending a college or university.
“We are so pleased to announce Riley as our Skoski Scholarship recipient,” said Susan Stout, president and CEO of the Amputee Coalition. “His accomplishments, his vision, and his aspirations for the future embody what the scholarship is all about. His upbeat, positive attitude is an inspiration to all with limb loss. While we received many excellent applications, Riley’s stood out with his outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements, and with his clearly defined career goals.”