Meet the 2019 Leadership Scholarship Winner

2019 Leadership Scholarship Recipient - Trisha Laughlin

Trisha Laughlin

Congratulations to Trisha Laughlin, the 2019 recipient of the Michael J. McGowan Leadership Scholarship Award! Trisha is a rising sophomore nursing student at Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts, where her instructors praise her leadership acumen as reflecting passion, empathy, and social engagement.

Trisha has been part of NOAH her entire life, having attended her first NOAH conference at just three months of age. Most recently, at her 10th consecutive national conference, Trisha volunteered as a crew leader with the 6th-9th-grade students. Having previously served as a junior counselor at the 2017 NOAH Family Summer Camp, this summer Trisha graduates to the role of Camp Counselor.

We are delighted to share that Trisha’s future aspirations include serving on NOAH’s Board of Directors.


Honorable Mention

Trisha Laughlin and Sarah Kane at NOAH Camp
Trisha Laughlin (2019 McGowan Scholarship Recipient) and Sarah Kane (2019 Honorable Mention) Canoeing together at NOAH Camp!

Sarah Kane

Congratulations to Sarah Kane, Honorable Mention for the 2019 Michael J. McGowan Leadership Scholarship Award! Sarah is a graduating senior at West Morris Mendham High School and will be attending the University of Pennsylvania to study physics with a minor in mathematics/computer science in the fall. While Sarah has a wide range of interests, she has chosen to pursue a degree in physics with the goal of one day becoming a researcher and professor.

Check out Sarah’s Teen Spotlight!


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