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ChairScholars Foundation: Charity Profile

Charity Spotlight

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The ChairScholars Foundation provides scholarships to low-income American children with serious physical disabilities, says program director Caroll Vick. They have a national and a Florida program. It’s “primarily a volunteer organization, with only one paid employee,” says Vick, “meaning most of your donation will be used in direct support of student programs.” Here, Vick talks about one of their recipients.

One of our most memorable cases is one of our recent National ChairScholar graduates, Elizabeth Kolbe. Beth graduated from Harvard this past June. She has been accepted at Stanford. But that’s not the whole story.


Beth is from a small town in Ohio. At the age of 14, she sustained a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed. She didn’t let that stop her. She worked hard in school and in physical therapy—putting in many long days.

Her hard work paid off—educationally and physically. Beth is not only a Harvard graduate but a member of the U.S. Paralympic Swim Team. She will represent our country this August in Beijing.

Editor's note: This article originally appeared in our September/October 2008 print magazine. Kolbe has since competed in the Paralympic Games and won a bronze medal in the 2009 World Cup for the 50 meter backstroke.


Last updated and/or approved: August 2010.
Original article appeared in September/October 2008 former print magazine. Bio current as of that issue. This health-care information is not meant as individual advice. Please see our disclaimer.
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