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2024 Donor Scholarship Awarded

The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) is pleased to announce the name of this year’s recipient of the MCBDD Donor Scholarship. The scholarship, which is awarded by the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities Donated Funds Committee, was founded to support young persons who are pursuing a career which serves people with developmental differences. This year’s recipient has already shown a dedication to touching the lives of individuals with disabilities, and the MCBDD is proud to recognize the contributions of his outstanding service.

The 2024 MCBDD Donor Scholarship recipient is Connor Pugh. Connor will be graduating from Brunswick High School and the Medina County Career Center this spring, where he was part of the Teacher Professions Cohort and President of his class. As a student, he completed course hours in classrooms at Kidder Elementary, where he worked alongside intervention specialists to help design lessons for students with different learning needs and in different educational settings. Connor was also part of the inaugural class of the DSP-U program at the Career Center and recently earned his certifications to become a Direct Support Professional. Direct Support Professionals play a vital role in the daily lives of people with disabilities, as they work alongside them to reach their life and employment goals.

Connor has been passionate about working with people with developmental disabilities from a young age, but it was an internship at Spokes Café where he learned how to help individuals with developmental differences learn life skills, as well as job skills; that experience solidified his decision to become a special education teacher. In the fall, Connor will be attending Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, where he plans to major in Special Education. He hopes to become an Intervention Specialist for grades K-5 and to work with students with mild to moderate needs. While attending college, Connor also hopes to be able to continue working as a DSP.

The Donated Funds Committee and the entire MCBDD administration and staff would like to congratulate this outstanding student and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

For information on the Donor Scholarship and the application, please click here.

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