Congratulations to Brigham Young University’s Genevieve Black and Texas Tech University’s Kennedi Comer, recipients of the 2021 Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship
Congratulations to the winners of our 2021 Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship, Kennedi Comer who is a senior at Texas Tech University and Genevieve Black, a freshman at Brigham Young University.
The Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship is an annual scholarship that we offer college students who were victims of car accidents earlier in their lives and have overcome their injuries while pursuing an education.
Through our scholarship, we strive to honor those victims as they continue to persevere through their recoveries and as they push forward to continue their education. They have already achieved so much and we are excited for what they can achieve in the future.
This year we are honored to recognize scholarship winners Kennedi Comer and Genevieve Black for their perseverance and strength of character.
Rebuilding one’s life – and, in some cases after a car accident, building a whole new life – after having sustained serious, life-altering injuries is an extraordinarily difficult, demanding, painful and emotional journey.
The auto accident attorneys here at Michigan Auto Law know this based on our own experience helping car crash victims. Often an initial injury is then compounded by how they are treated by their own insurance companies when they are wrongfully denied and cut-off from necessary No-Fault benefits like wage loss or being able to see a doctor to treat for injuries.
Again, congratulations to Kennedi and Genevieve and we are grateful to you for sharing your inspiring stories with us.
Michigan Auto Law offers the Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship every year with a Dec. 31st deadline. For more information, including eligibility, the application form and the application deadline, please visit our Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship page.
Meet Kennedi Comer: Winner of the 2021 Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship
During her sophomore year of high school, Kennedi Comer became a lifelong student and believer in the old adage that challenges are really just opportunities for us to grow and learn.
A serious car crash that left her car totaled caused debilitating injury to her dominant hand. The diagnosis was “Crushed-Hand Syndrome.” But the reality was that Kennedi could no longer do anything with her hand, which meant she could no longer play sports, write or even open a water bottle without help.
Although physical therapy was helping her body to recover, her feelings of helplessness and hopelessness were preventing her from rebuilding her life.
Then a challenge came her way that proved to be the opportunity of a lifetime.
She began interacting and working with special needs students at her former high school.
In the short term, Kennedi learned a valuable lesson from the students’ positive and joyful attitudes toward life:
From these “amazing people,” “I was able to gain a new perspective due to their outlook on life. . . . I learned to keep my problems in perspective to others and be appreciative for what I have, instead of what I do not have.”
Now, in her freshman year of college at Texas Tech University, with her hand fully recovered, Kennedi is looking toward a future that will be shaped by the insight she gained after her car accident:
“I would like to continue working with special needs students through educational purposes in a classroom . . . I will always be thankful for my new friends for helping me realize that what I thought was my challenge was truly my opportunity for my future.”
We wish Kennedi success with her future educational career and we thank her for setting such an inspiring example.
Meet Genevieve Black: Winner of the 2021 Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship
Excited to be starting her new journey in Utah as a college freshman far from her Chicago home, Genevieve Black was making big plans for her future.
But those plans were placed immediately on hold after she was in a rollover crash that broke three bones in her arm and landed her in the hospital where she had to undergo a 6-hour surgery that required two surgeons.
Rather than enjoying the dorm life with her friends, she had to pack up and go back home because her doctors thought her best chances for healing would come in a familiar environment. Back home, Genevieve began occupational therapy as well as therapy to deal with the painful memories of the accident that she was constantly reliving.
But even though her physical surroundings changed, Genevieve did not let that change the way she thought about herself: She was a college freshman and she was going to do her best to live like one.
To keep up on her academics, she enrolled in online, virtual classes after she was released from the hospital. To get around the fact that she could not use her dominant right hand because it was still healing, Genevieve taught herself and became extremely proficient at “voice typing” so she could keep up on lecture notes, assignments and papers. She also joined clubs, attending virtually. Genevieve even did enough research to choose her major.
I think Genevieve really sums it up the best:
“Although getting in a serious accident was not an ideal way to start my college experience, I decided to not let it define how my freshman year of college would play out. I realized that although there was little I could control about my situation, what I could control was all that mattered. My attitude and effort towards my car accident was what in the end enabled me to move beyond an unexpected accident and onto a fulfilling academic and social career at BYU, as well as a speedy recovery.”
We wish Genevieve continued success with her studies and clubs and activities at college and we thank her for setting such an inspiring example.
What is the Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship?
We understand how difficult it can be to recover after a serious car accident injury.
In order to recognize their struggles, acts of heroism and hard work, Michigan Auto Law offers its annual Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship to college students who were victims of car accidents at some point in their lives and who have overcome their injuries to pursue an education.
Our mission is to lend a hand to those who have survived serious crashes and who are demonstrating resolve and determination to rebuild their lives.
To learn more, please click on Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship on the Michigan Auto Law Scholarships page.