Marina Duszak Awarded with Foot Locker Scholarship

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Connetquot High School senior Marina Duszak was recently awarded a $20,000 scholarship and was selected as one of 20 exceptional young student-athletes honored in the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program during a surprise reveal held at Foot Locker in Times Square.

 For the seventh consecutive year, Foot Locker Foundation, Inc. recognized students who have demonstrated academic excellence and exemplified strong leadership skills both in sports and within their communities. Marina was selected to join the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Class of 2018 out of a highly competitive pool of more than 13,000 applicants.  
 
“Each year, it seems we are inspired even more by the stories and caliber of the students who are selected as our Foot Locker Scholar Athletes,” said Richard A. Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer of Foot Locker, Inc. “We are extremely proud to recognize outstanding scholar athletes, such as Marina, and provide much-needed educational opportunities for today’s youth to empower them to succeed.”

After being diagnosed with leukemia at the start of high school, Marina has not only overcome her illness, she found a way to lead the charge in rallying her community to support cancer centers in her area. Marina has remained resilient and positive after being affected by cancer — she believes the silver lining is that her battle has helped her find her voice and passion: giving back to others. 

After being a Make-A-Wish recipient, Marina has raised $40,000 over the course of two years to give back to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and local cancer centers. She would not let her illness get her down; throughout high school she focused on running to keep her spirits up, was selected as the captain of her varsity cross-country team and was also a state-qualifier. Additionally, Marina won the Flutterfly Warrior Award, the Spirit of Giving Award, is a member of National Honor Society and was elected as Student Government president. 

Inspired by a pharmacist she met during her treatment, Marina hopes to become a pharmacist at a hospital to help impact patients in a similarly positive way. Marina will be attending St. John’s University in the fall and hopes to show people that despite one’s struggles, they can still work hard to accomplish their dreams.