Top Medical Assistant Programs is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Top Medical Assistant Programs (TMAP) Healthcare Scholarship winner, Josh Kaplan, of Phoenix, AZ.
“We were so impressed with Josh’s essay and personal achievements,” said TMAP’s spokesperson. “We received 35 essay submissions and were touched by all but Josh’s essay showed that he is an outstanding young man who has already taken steps to make the world a better place. He’ll make a great pediatrician in the future.”
“I’m so honored and grateful to have been awarded the Top Medical Assistant Program Scholarship. This scholarship brings me one step closer to not only furthering my education but pursuing my dreams of becoming a doctor. I can truly see myself making a difference in the world with the help of TMAP.” Says Kaplan.
Kaplan is currently attending Rancho Solano Preparatory High School in Scottsdale, AZ and is considering attending Duke University to major in Public Health.
Kaplan plans on creating a medical practice that is truly inclusive for kids with special needs. In his essay he states, “I plan to explore how innovative strategies in health care delivery, such as unified sports and arts programs, can positively impact the quality of life for kids with intellectual disabilities.”
In February of 2015, Kaplan launched GOALS (Giving Opportunities to All who Love Soccer), a unified soccer program for kids with and without special needs.
GOALS partners youth athletes who have intellectual disabilities with neurotypical “peer buddies”. The athletes and buddies play together, as unified pairs, in small-sided, non-competitive scrimmages. The first GOALS program had just nine participants. Today, GOALS holds events twice a month for fifty players of all abilities. GOALS has impacted over 400 kids and is now an official partner of Special Olympics Arizona.
“GOALS is just as much a program for the buddies as it is for the special needs athletes. GOALS provides the opportunity for kids of all abilities to meet, make friends, and play soccer together. It exposes both the buddies and athletes and buddies to kids they wouldn’t normally have ever met before. GOALS is an eye-opening experience for many of our players. Most importantly, GOALS is just a really fun program! Through playing soccer, kids learn really important life skills about teamwork, communication, empathy, and kindness,” Kaplan says.
For more information on GOALS, visit.
GOALS website: http://www.kickingoals.org
GOALS Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kickingoalsaz
Top Medical Assistant Programs runs two, $500 scholarships semi-annually. All scholarship information can be found at http://www.topmedicalassistantprograms.org/#scholarship.