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NHF Announces Kevin Child Scholarship Winner

March 14, 2019
NHF Announces Kevin Child Scholarship Winner and Updates 2019 Scholarships List

The National Hemophilia Foundation is pleased to announce that Justin Najimian of Milltown, NJ was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Kevin Child Scholarship (KCS). Justin Najimian, who has mild hemophilia A and a platelet disorder, is currently a freshman attending Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and a member of the Honors College. He is planning to pursue an undergraduate degree in public health with the goal of working in the field of advocacy, healthcare policy or social work in the future. Justin served as a Youth Leader at the Hemophilia Association of New Jersey and volunteered at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ, instructing young people on infusion and participating in educational workshops and other community-based outreach activities.

While in high school, Justin maintained several key leadership positions, whether as the editor-in-chief at his school newspaper, as section leader in his school’s concert choir or as a leader-in-training at the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut. In selecting Justin as the 2018 KCS award recipient from among 32 other promising candidates, the Child family felt admiration for Justin’s pursuit of a degree in public health and believed that he was striving to achieve goals very similar to the ones Kevin Child had always set for himself.

This scholarship is named in tribute to Kevin Child, who died of AIDS in 1989, shortly before graduating from college. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student with hemophilia who is either currently enrolled in or is planning to attend college. In honor of Kevin’s legacy, the Child family hopes this scholarship program will provide some assistance for students striving to acquire a higher education.

Applications for this year’s KCS are now being accepted. The deadline has been set for Monday, June 3, 2019. This scholarship is open to an individual diagnosed with either hemophilia A or B, who is also either: a high school senior with aspirations to attend an institution of higher education (college, university or vocational-technical school), or a student already pursuing a post-secondary education.

Go to the KCS homepage to download a 2019 application.

New Scholarship Listing

HANDI has recently updated the scholarship offerings listed on the hemophilia.org website. To read more detailed information on other scholarships being offered to students with bleeding disorders, visit NHF’s Scholarships webpage.

Make a donation to the Kevin Child Scholarship program.