Madison Young, Searcy, Ark., is a five-time IETF scholarship recipient. She received $1,000 scholarships in the fall of 2017, the spring of 2018, the spring and fall of 2019, and the spring and fall of 2020.
She is the type of person that won’t allow something like having essential tremor (ET) stop her from doing anything. During high school, Young was captain of her dance team, president of French Club, and a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society and a new club called Partners that works to unify special education kids with the rest of the students, all while maintaining a 4.375 GPA.
Outside the classroom, Madison volunteers at Habitat Restore, teaches Sunday school at her church and swim lessons in the summer. Her passion for helping others radiates through her participation in church-supported mission trips. She’s been on five mission teams since the age of 13, traveling to Haiti to help orphanages, Mongolia to help former victims of sex trafficking, and Honduras to help dig wells to obtain clean water for the community.
Being diagnosed at the age of 14 with ET, she’s learned to adapt to her daily challenges in ways to help her achieve her goals.
“I want people with disabilities or disorders to know it doesn’t have to end their dreams,” Madison said. “We might have to adjust or change paths a bit, but we can do great things. We are not defined by our ‘disabilities.’ I believe we are strong because of them.”
A student at Arkansas Tech University, Madison is majoring in pre-physical therapy with hopes of attending a physical therapy school after graduation. In the future, she plans to work with disabled children and adults in Africa.