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As a teenager growing up in Philadelphia, Tarik Ryant had run-ins with the law. Determined to never have those run-ins again, he made changes.

“I realized that I wasn’t living the life I wanted,” said Ryant who is now 30 years old and has worked as a cook at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital for 4 years and is enrolled in Community College of Philadelphia where he is studying Healthcare Administration. “I had to separate myself from people, places and things that were bad influences on me.”

And the way he has overcome his adversity has led to $4,000 from the GlaxoSmithKline Opportunity Scholarship, which will cover his educational expenses at Community College of Philadelphia till he graduates next fall.

“There was a notice about the scholarship,” said Ryant while preparing for the lunch hour at Magee. “It said you needed a grade point average over 3.0 and to write an essay on overcoming adversity. I had the grade point average, and knew I could write about rising above your background and mistakes, about using education to find work instead of living the street life.”

Ryant credits Magee with helping him to keep his grades up and receive the scholarship.

“I learned how to cook at the Restaurant School because everything was hands on. That’s why I graduated,” said Ryant. “I needed some administrative experience to get what was being taught in class. I told this to Jack Carroll, Magee’s President, and he arranged for me to shadow administrators in billing, admissions, registration, even our wheelchair shop. Thanks to that experience, everything in class made sense.”

Ryant will continue working as a cook in Magee’s kitchen while finishing his Associate’s degree and continuing his education at LaSalle or Drexel Universities.

After that?

“I’d like to work at Magee as a healthcare administrator, perhaps something regarding budgeting,” said Ryant.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.

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