ACPA awards college scholarships annually to outstanding students born with cleft and craniofacial conditions. Kaden received one of ACPA’s 2020 College Scholarships and hopes to use it toward his dream of becoming a doctor, so he can give back to other patients and families.
"Coming from Carson City Nevada, cleft lip and cleft palate is a unique feature to have within such a small community. Yet my two siblings, Kael and Gracie, and myself all have cleft lip and palate. Throughout my years in school, I have been the only one to have a cleft, which made me different form others, but also made me who I am today.
Continuing on my journey, I will be attending University of Nevada-Reno and majoring in Biology as of right now. UNR is close to home, so I can still help and support my younger siblings. The scholarship will help me focus on my education. As many other families, I have gone through the medical expenses that come along with cleft lip and cleft palate, which are hefty. My parents could not save money to put me through college. In turn, I had to work and save money, and will continue to work in college in order to put myself through college. This scholarship will ease the amount of hours I have to work and the amount of stress that I will have during college. I will be able to balance my life more efficiently resulting in a healthier life in college.
I am extremely thankful for the opportunity the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association has given me for my collegiate journey and will use the scholarship to achieve my major and hopefully go into medical school after in order to help people with cleft lip and palate, like the doctors who helped me," Kaden said.
Applications for ACPA’s 2021 College Scholarships are open. The deadline to submit an application is February 1, 2021. For more information about ACPA College Scholarships, visit the website.