ACPA awards college scholarships annually to outstanding students born with cleft and craniofacial conditions. Madeline received one of ACPA’s 2020 College Scholarships and hopes to use it toward her dream of becoming a doctor, so she can give back to patients and families.
"My name is Madeline Bravo, but I go by Maddy. I will be attending Santa Clara University in the fall and I plan on majoring in Neurobiology. I have always had a great love for the sciences and psychology, so why not merge them together? I was also accepted into the Lead Scholars Program at Santa Clara. After my time in Santa Clara, I plan on going to med school to become a doctor. Though I haven’t decided exactly what branch of medicine I want to work in, I hope to work in either psychiatry or pediatrics. All my doctors have changed my life and I’ve been so grateful for everything. I just want to give back to others, just as they have given to me.
Being born with a cleft lip & palate only made me work harder. I just turned 18 and I have had around 38 surgeries. My parents from a young age never treated me any different and always pushed me forward to achieve anything I wanted. With that, I worked extra hard. I not only graduated from high school, but also from Gavilan College, a community college, with an associate degree in liberal arts and a certificate in communication. I am also a first-generation college student. I cannot thank you all enough for this scholarship. This scholarship will help ease the burden of affording college for my family. This has only allowed me to further pursue my dreams without worry,” Madeline 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.