Thank you so much to everyone who donated last year to the first-ever Ralph and Theresa Anselmo Resilience Award. The response was overwhelming! I had hoped to fund one award and raised enough to fund two. I am so grateful for everyone’s support. It means so much to me.
If you would like to learn more about last year’s recipients, Hannah and Katherine, Northeastern did a great job telling their stories: https://news.northeastern.edu/2018/12/10/heres-what-one-northeastern-graduate-is-doing-to-help-students-handle-their-medical-expenses/
I am happy to announce that the award is coming back for Year 2!
This year my goal is to fund two $1,500 awards for students registered with the Northeastern University Disability Resource Center. Any amount of support would be greatly appreciated, even if it’s just sharing the GoFundMe link. I have $800 from last year that I am allocating to this years' awards, which is why the goal is $2,200.
With your support, we have already been able to positively impact the lives of two students. I hope to make this an annual award that can help students for years to come!
Here is a description of the award:
The Ralph and Theresa Anselmo Resilience Award is an award that I have created at Northeastern University (my alma mater) in honor of my parents, Ralph and Terry.
The goal of this annual award is to provide monetary assistance to a student (or students) registered with Northeastern's Disability Resource Center (DRC). Although when I attended Northeastern I did not experience any of the symptoms of the muscle disease that I am living with today, it is a resource I would have used had the timing been different. I have met a handful of students registered with the DRC over the years, and they are some of the kindest, most driven students I have ever met.
As someone living with a progressive disability, I have benefitted from the support of others who have enabled me to achieve my goals and dreams, which included going back to school full-time to get my MBA. Many people have helped me along this journey, none more so than my parents.
My mom and dad have been instrumental in empowering me to succeed, even as my physical condition has deteriorated. They provide me assistance and support without ever asking for anything in return. My resilience today in facing my disease would not be possible without their help.
In the spirit of the example set by my parents, I want to help others achieve their goals and dreams. Specifically, I want to help Northeastern students registered with the DRC. The intent of the award is to provide a little more peace of mind to the recipient, whether it's helping to purchase a piece of adaptive equipment they may need for the classroom, or putting the award towards books or room and board. How they decide to use the funds is at their discretion.
I am a firm believer that anyone of any ability level can do anything they set their mind to. However, we are only as successful, we are only as strong, as our support system around us.
Without my parents, I wouldn't be where I am today. It is an honor to name this award after them!
It is a one-time award of $1,500 each for two students. Any funds raised above and beyond the goal will go towards future awards. I will keep everyone up to date on how the funds are allocated.
- Any Northeastern sophomore, middler or junior year student with a GPA above 2.0.
- Must be registered with the Disability Resource Center.
- Student must provide a statement of what they plan to do with the award and why it will help them on their college journey.
How the funds can be used:
- The award can be used on anything school-related, such as: tuition, an assistive technology device, books or room and board.
I will follow up once the award has been announced. Thank you in advance to everyone for your support!