Drew Fernandez is the son of Tracey Mayer – one of our Parent Advocates – and like John Gonoude a person that has overcome the stigma of concussion. Not only is it a real brain injury, not treating it correctly can have life long effects for more people than we care to admit. As Drew finds time he will send us updates, we hope this avenue will help him as well.
Over the past week, two really great things happened in regard to my upcoming freshman year in college at Illinois State University. The first was having my request for formal academic accommodations approved, based on my medical condition of suffering from migraines, as a result of a severe concussion. My parents and I were overjoyed with receiving the email notifying us with such amazing news.
Secondly, based on my outstanding academics, I received a letter from Illinois State University inviting me to compete for the University scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships available to new freshmen at ISU. It is designed for academically talented, new freshmen from traditionally underrepresented groups or first generation college students who have overcome hardship in achieving their academic goals. I did not receive this scholarship, however when you don’t receive one scholarship, they put your entry in the run for other potential scholarships. Catching me by surprise, I was awarded a Redbird Academic Scholarship, renewable for up to four years.
Both of these things are especially significant because ISU acknowledged that what I have gone through is real. Having them validate it is really important, not only for me, but for all other student athletes who suffer from post-concussive issues.
This is what I had written for my scholarship entry; Continue reading