The Daniel G. Calugar Foundation Recognizes Stephen Hall-Nunez as the 2024 Academic Achievement Merit Scholarship recipient
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The Daniel G. Calugar Foundation Recognizes Stephen Hall-Nunez as the 2024 Academic Achievement Merit Scholarship recipient

LAS VEGAS, July 10, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Daniel G. Calugar Foundation is pleased to announce that Stephen Hall-Nunez has been selected as one of the 2024 recipients of the Academic Achievement Merit Scholarship. Stephen will attend Harvard College in the fall of 2024 and will receive $10,000 to support his professional and academic achievements.

The Daniel G. Calugar Foundation established the Academic Achievement Scholarship to recognize and reward incoming freshmen for their academic excellence. The scholarship is designed to support ambitious individuals with well-defined career aspirations by supporting their educational and professional journeys.

Stephen is one of 10 Academic Achievement Scholarship recipients who are starting college this fall.

“As a neuroscience major, I didn’t think I had the chance to get this scholarship when I fell into a days-long rabbit hole of mounting national debt,” Stephen said. “But it was really nice to grow and have my thoughts and opinions heard, and to have such incredible help as I started paying for college.”

To be considered for the Academic Achievement Merit Scholarship, applicants must have scored at least 1500 on the SAT or 34 on the ACT. In addition, students must have completed a comprehensive assessment of their academic achievements, stated goals, and objectives as outlined in the application statements.

In his scholarship essay, Stephen discussed his plans to pursue a degree in neurobiology at Harvard College, followed by an M.D. in an as-yet-undetermined field of study. His ultimate goal is to become a pediatric neurologist specializing in movement and coordination disorders.

“Kids don’t realize they have a disability just because they can’t see or their legs don’t work. I’m sure you can’t run as fast as Usain Bolt, but it didn’t affect your ability to get into a building or use a computer,” Stephen wrote in his application essay. “Instead, kids realize it when they see that the world wasn’t built for them. And once that happens, it’s hard to shake that perception of yourself as lacking something that someone else has.”

He added that if life-changing treatments and medical equipment were readily available, no child would have to wait months for a wheelchair or hearing aid.

“Then a child can go through life knowing they have the tools and support to achieve anything they want. They are given the chance to succeed and fail in their own time and on their own terms,” Stephen wrote. “The world never teaches them that they are a burden or limited by the expectations of the adults around them. Every child deserves the chance to reach their potential, regardless of factors beyond their control. I chose the career path I did so that I could provide the treatment and resources to ensure that no child I treat would have to experience their condition as a burden or limitation in their life.”

Daniel Calugar is a financial investor with a background in computer science, law, finance, and business. He graduated with a degree in computer science from the Air Force Academy and uses the technical knowledge he gained there to design computer programs that help him identify profitable investment strategies.

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Name: Dan Calugar
Email: (email protected)
Organization: Daniel G. Calugar Foundation
Address: 1 Hughes Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89169
Phone:702 302-3204

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