Ryan Seggerman of San Diego, CA, and Brendan Wolan of Palos Heights, ILhave been named the 2019 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award national winners. The two national winners received one-time $7,500 scholarships towards education, tennis development, and/or medical care. Their awards will be presented by World TeamTennis co-founder Billie Jean King on July 16 at a Philadelphia Freedoms tennis match.
Novo Nordisk has been the title sponsor of the award since 2002. The company is headquartered in Denmark and specializes in global healthcare with a concentration and leadership in Diabetes.
Starting in 2019, the winners will also be receiving personalized diabetes coaching from Cecelia Health's team of Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs). The CDEs will support the athletes in coping with the complexities of balancing their diabetes management with nutrition and exercise at such an intense competitive level. "Cecelia Health is proud to be able to provide the athletes with the education and support needed to live an empowered life with diabetes and achieve their potential as a high performing tennis athlete," stated Cecelia Health CEO, David Weingard.
The Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards annually distribute $39,000 in scholarships, including two one-time $7,500 national scholarships and eight one-time $3,000 regional scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to male and female athletes ages 14-21 and in good academic standing, who have diabetes and play tennis competitively in tournaments or on their school team.
Eight other students received the regional Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award, which offers a one-time scholarship of $3,000. These recipients are Brooke Galbraith of Springville, UT; JB Harrell of West Point, MS; Molly Hull of Inwood, WV; Isaac Hunter of Frankfort, IN; Shelby Lindsey of Shannon, MS; Sierra McDonald of Prescott, AZ.; Rachel Quade of Durham, NC.; and Emma Stefanick of Massillon, OH.