The Amputee Coalition is honored to be the steward for the Scott Decker, M.D. Memorial Scholarship which was established by his friends and colleagues after his passing in 1989. After a thorough vetting process, four applicants have been chosen to receive the $1,000 scholarship to further their education. “The Amputee Coalition is very pleased to have so many qualified applicants for the Scott Decker, MD, Scholarship that we were able to award four different individuals. Each of these young people has learned to live successfully with limb loss and each has clear goals for their future,” said Susan Stout, president & CEO of the Amputee Coalition. “Once again, we sincerely thank Dr. Decker’s family for the opportunities this scholarship will present to the recipients.”
Austin Brown will attend Washington State University and will study engineering. He’s an accomplished golfer who started playing the game at age four.“Dr. Decker did a lot of good for people during his life and his family continues to do so,” said Austin. “I hope that I can have a similar positive impact on others. I extend a sincere thanks to the Amputee Coalition and Dr. Decker’s family and friends for their generosity. I am truly honored to be recognized by the selection committee. I am sure that there were many deserving applicants, so it feels really good to have them believe in me and appreciate the hard work I have put in, academically and otherwise.”
Tyson Higel currently attends Northwest Missouri State University and is studying Therapeutic Recreation. Having just completed his freshman year with an impressive 4.0 GPA, he also boasts being a member of the USA Volleyball’s A2 Sitting Volleyball team. Aptly balancing academics and sports, he aspires to play in the 2020 Paralympics. “I am honored that I have been selected as a recipient of the 2015 Scott Decker, M.D., Memorial Scholarship,” said Tyson. “This helps with the financial stress not only of having to pay for my undergraduate studies, but also for my future graduate studies. This scholarship allows me to continue my education path to becoming a certified orthotist/prosthetist, and for that I am grateful. I will continue to strive for excellence to make amputees, the Amputee Coalition and anyone who has a dream proud. Thank you. “
Brickelle Bro is heading to Stanford University this fall to study psychology and the mental impact of limb loss. She is also a member of the US Paralympic swim team who is also dreaming of Paralympic gold. “I have always felt it was my responsibility as an amputee to speak with groups about limb loss and physical differences,” said Bro. “As I leave home for Stanford, I greatly appreciate this scholarship. The support of organizations like the Amputee Coalition will help me to attend college, but more importantly, show that talking about limb loss, supporting those who experience it, and working to prevent it are worthy activities. Limb loss is not a reason to settle for less from life. With the support of the Amputee Coalition, every person affected by limb loss can work hard to reach their full potential.”
Amy Frank, who lost her leg last year, is attending Texas A&M to pursue a degree in geophysics. Still adjusting to life as an amputee, she is determined to live life to the fullest and refuses to give up. “This past year has been a great struggle but I am ready to move on and start my college life with the support of the Amputee Coalition. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Coalition for their generosity. I feel very fortunate to have been chosen as a recipient of this award. This scholarship has been a wonderful blessing! I could not be more excited to now officially be a Fighting Texas Aggie! Gig ‘Em!”
The Amputee Coalition is proud of the 2015-2016 recipients of the Scott Decker, M.D. Memorial Scholarship. Each recipient was chosen because they demonstrate the academic standards, drive, and determination that were the hallmarks through Dr. Decker's illustrious career. We look forward to watching each continue to grow and strive to reach their goals.