Reiter & Walsh, P.C. is happy to announce that Jory Owen of Fredericksburg, Virginia is the recipient of our 1st annual Caring For Life scholarship. Jory chose to write about his younger sister Jaylin, who has cerebral palsy. When Jaylin was born, her doctors anticipated that she would be entirely dependent on adaptive medical equipment and would not live a long life. In his essay, he says his sister is, “one of the smartest, craziest, liveliest, friendliest, and most heart-warming people I have ever known.”
Jory used his essay to talk about the lessons he has learned from his sister and the ways in which Jaylin is proving the doctors wrong every single day. He describes her as very funny, with an incredible memory and many friends. He also says that he considers his sister his “hero,” explaining that despite all the obstacles that Jaylin has had to overcome in her life, she has taught him that he can do and achieve anything.
He goes on to talk about the effects his sister’s disability has had on his own life, causing him to grow mentally and become more mature as a person. He says that his sister has taught him things that “no school, or teacher, could ever dream of teaching a child.”
When not spending time with his sister, Jory was very active with his high school’s extracurricular activities. He was a member of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and Beta Club. He was also president of the Spectrum Club and involved with his school’s drama program. Jory was captain of the James Monroe High School swim team and also spent his free time working as a mentor for his school’s Juvenile Mentoring Program (JUMP). Jory started his volunteer work early, helping out in a special education classroom at his middle school, where he says he learned about working with children whose disabilities were different than his sister’s.
Jory will be using his scholarship to help with his education at the University of Central Florida, where he plans to study architecture. Please join us in congratulating Jory and wishing him success in his future endeavors!
If you’re interested in applying for the 2016 Caring For Life scholarship, please review the qualifications on our scholarship page.