Demetrius Paige was awarded a $3,000 John (NMN) Coffey/ThanksUSA scholarship to begin undergraduate studies at the University of North Alabama. In 2006, Demetrius’s father, Chief Warrant Officer Patrick Paige, U.S. Army, was killed during a training exercise. Besides this tragic loss, Demetrius has also overcome personal disability to pursue his academic goals.
Being born with the eye condition Nystagmus required Demetrius to use adaptive devices throughout elementary and middle school. “Needing larger font, I had to drag CCTV devices around from classroom to classroom in order to copy lessons from the board. By high school, cellphone technology had advanced and I was able to take a picture of instructions and copy them over into notes.”
This determined young man is now a successful college student majoring in Entertainment Business and working for the campus Event Planning Committee. “My goal is to gain knowledge and develop the skills necessary to become a professional entertainment promoter. I am already learning to coordinate seating, catering, and soundstage setup for events hosting up to 500 people. This job is perfect for my major because it is giving me the on-the-job training that I need to succeed in the Entertainment Business.”
“Because of your support of ThanksUSA, I am on a road to completing my first year of college at the University of North Alabama. This scholarship has opened doors for me and I want to thank you again for your thoughtful and generous gift.”