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Leadership 2021

Meet the 2021 Leadership Scholarship Winner

Bianca McEvoy

NOAH is delighted to announce that Bianca McEvoy of East Norwich, New York has been awarded the 2021 Michael J. McGowan Leadership Scholarship Award.

Bianca and her family are longtime NOAH members, having attended NOAH conferences since Bianca was six years old. Outside of NOAH, Bianca has spread albinism awareness at school, as well as in local and national television interviews as a legally blind captain of her high school cheerleading team, which participated in the Universal Cheerleaders Association Nationals in 2020.

In a recommendation letter, Bianca was lauded for her “impressive, diligent mind,” “a strong work ethic, a kind heart, and a positive attitude.” She was praised for her mental toughness and determination, as well as her resilience and self-confidence in facing challenges head-on. Bianca’s high school counselor describes her as “the epitome of a Renaissance woman… as wonderful as a person could be inside and out.”

This fall, Bianca will attend Harvard College, majoring in psychology. She hopes to attend medical school and become a psychiatrist. She aspires to use her knowledge of albinism, American Sign Language, and other disabilities to be as accessible as possible to her clients.

Meet the 2021 Leadership Scholarship Honorable Mention Applicant

JT Stevens

NOAH is pleased to recognize JT Stevens as the 2021 McGowan Leadership Scholarship Honorable Mention Applicant.

JT and his family have attended many NOAH events including Family Camp & NOAH Conferences, in addition to planning and attending Bowl-a-thons. A young leader in his community, JT has played a major leadership role in the Learn Earn and Prosper (LEAP) program of the nonprofit ReSource, Inc., where he was also invited to serve on their inaugural Youth Advisory Council during 2020. He has led workshops on overcoming adversity and led his peers in discussions on troubleshooting technical issues with assistive technology in addition to leading the creation of the program’s website.

JT will attend Eastern University in the fall, majoring in computer science and business, with a minor in leadership as part of their Leadership Fellows program. Through his studies, JT “aspire[s] to affect the world by combining assistive technology and mobile with the power of artificial intelligence (AI) in a way that is effective and affordable.”

The Michael J. McGowan Leadership Scholarship is awarded annually to empower young people with albinism and celebrate their dedication and outstanding leadership qualities.