Presenting 2019-20 Mary Cathryn White Memorial Scholarship Winner
Myla Franklin, University of Memphis Class of 2023
Myla comes from an environment where, like many families, her parents did not understand that reaching out for help with depression and anxiety is not a sign of weakness, but of strength. But after a particularly difficult year of major family changes, her anxiety and depression began to manifest in ways that caused her alienation from the thing she loved best; dance. This led to a downward spiral that culminated in a suicide attempt. Finally, she was able to seek the intense treatment she had needed so badly.
Seeking in-patient treatment was difficult at first because she still felt that it was a sign of weakness, but soon she realized that it was the step in the right direction. She learned coping skills for her anxiety and panic attacks and realized that seeking help made her strong, not weak. We are so glad that she decided to #KeepFighting. Her family is beginning to understand her struggles now and are supporting her recovery.
Myla is looking forward to going to the University of Memphis where she plans to study physical therapy. Her goal is to work in a hospital where she can work with pediatric patients. She is also dancing again! We are thrilled to be a small part of her journey! Dance on dear Myla, we’ve got your back!
Interested in applying for the Mary Cathryn White Memorial Scholarship? Click here to learn more: MCWMS
If you or someone you know is ready to #KeepFighting and #LiveYourNextChapter – start getting your application together. We will be adding a link to download an application for 2020-21 in August!
Scholar Spotlight – Rian
Rian had visual hallucinations all his life. Starting at the age of 5, although they were very disturbing, he thought everyone saw them. He never told anyone because he didn’t know it was abnormal. That was until middle school, when his hallucinations began to manifest into debilitating experiences, leading to worrisome self-harming and suicidal behaviors. […]