Scholarship Stories

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September 8, 2016

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Scholarship Stories

When the NWNM Conference committee first met, one goal was clear from the beginning: make the conference accessible and affordable in order to welcome a diverse group.

We have awarded 10 scholarships. We would like to award more.

Please DONATE to support part or all of a scholarship. Click on can't find the fund you are interested in supporting and write in NWNM Conference #25160

*Minimum donation is $10. Full Scholarship is $125.

"I am not sure I can explain why I want to go into into medicine. Maybe I wanted to be the oncologist my mother never met, the one who read the book she recommended; the one who listened to the time course of her symptoms and how she experienced illness, the one who cherished how she told her story and considered the way the shape of her illness impacted the shape and meaning of her life.  I hope a conference like this one gives me the opportunity to be that doctor."

-Scholarship applicant

"While I am new to the practice of narrative medicine, I hope to use writing throughout my medical journey-- as a processing tool, a means by which to give voice to those unheard, and as a reminder to myself and others of the intimate joys and challenges of being human. As I go through this medical journey, I hope that I will remember that for all I am going to learn about the human body, there is an infinite amount that I won't know about my patients and how their bodies have experienced the world, what scars may be etched on or underneath their skin; that I will remember that the history of present illness can reach back generations and that it's therefore going to take a lot more than a behavior change or a pill to treat it."

-Scholarship applicant

 "I am passionate about mental health and eliminating the stigma that exists against mental illnesses. I am an active volunteer with NAMI, and an advocate for all who suffer from mental, developmental, and intellectual disabilities. I would like to be considered for a scholarship to this conference because I believe that I would benefit as a future medical professional. I cannot afford this conference myself because of my low-paying job and the expensive process of applying to medical school."

-Scholarship applicant

"I am a creative intellectual, a Crohn's Disease patient, and a yoga teacher who has explored my experiences through documentary film, narrative satire film, and writing. I am currently focused on cultivating compassion and connection with meaningful conversation and conscious living that empowers patients to embrace their stories and take healing into their own hands. Because my own mind-body-soul healing is largely because of my reflection of my own illness and wellness, I am eager to learn from others stories and impacts on their communities."

-Scholarship applicant

Please DONATE to support part or all of a scholarship. Click on can't find the fund you are interested in supporting and write in NWNM Conference #25160

*Minimum donation is $10. Full Scholarship is $125.

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