NHF is pleased to announce the 2008 Kevin Child’s Scholarship Winner: Michael Deeb of Wynantskill, New York. Deeb is enrolled as a freshman at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, Florida.
Deeb maintained an average grade of 95 throughout his high school career at Averill Park High School, while taking advanced placement and honors classes in math and science. He graduated in June with an advanced regents diploma with honors.
During his last two years of high school, Deeb was captain of the varsity soccer team and varsity basketball team. He was also a student prayer leader and sang in an a cappella choir. He was a member of the National Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars; he received the US Navy Scholastic Leadership Award and President’s Award for Educational Excellence.
Deeb has dreamed of becoming a pilot since he was a child. He plans to pursue an aeronautical science major and become a commercial or corporate pilot. Eventually he would like to be a missionary pilot. Deeb is one of eight children; his mother died of breast cancer in 2007. He is putting himself through college.
The scholarship is named for Kevin Child, who died of AIDS in 1989, shortly before graduating from college. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a student with hemophilia or von Willebrand disease who is either currently enrolled in or planning to attend college.
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