The lengthy list of achievements for Uhunoma, known as “Noma” to those who know her best, solidifies her commitment to education and passion for disability rights. Named on both Dean’s and President’s Lists for her academic success, Noma works rigorously to break barriers for individuals living with disabilities.
Noma, 2018 Ability Center Scholarship recipient, had her leg amputated when she was three years old. Living as an above the knee amputee for most of her life, she learned to adapt to different situations. Noma plans to use her experience around the medical profession to help others.
Her story speaks to many young women who live with disabilities. Regardless of her physical challenges, she is aware of her ability to succeed and never shies away from an opportunity to get involved.
Noma is currently enrolled at the University of Toledo studying for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Disability Studies. “When I am walking on campus, it takes longer for me to get to places,” Noma reveals. Not only is she performing well in a difficult major, but she stands out as a leader in her program.
References in her application refer to her as a person who thrives on interacting with diverse people. Another commented on characteristics that make her unique, “Diverse, intelligent, creative and caring are words used to describe Noma. She brings medical ethics, care, and access.”
Another adds, “She is deserving of recognition for her personal and academic achievements and for her zest for life.”
Destined to provide a new understanding of disability in the world of nursing and medicine, she thanks the Auxiliary for helping to make it happen, “Thank you so so much! It is my dream to be a nurse and this scholarship has made it possible for me. I was so concerned about how I will finance my final semester in nursing school, but now with this scholarship my worries are gone. Knowing that I have so many people that believe in me is driving me to excel in school. I am so thankful for The Ability Center’s constant support in my college career.”