BioMatrix Announces 2018 Academic Scholarship Recipients


Program Honors Memory of Bleeding Disorder Community Members

Media Contact: Tara Marchese
Corporate Director of Marketing
Tel: 954-908-7636


Weston, FL – November 27, 2018 – In honor of Giving Tuesday, BioMatrix Specialty Pharmacy announced today the recipients of their 2018 Memorial Scholarship Program. Six $1,500 academic scholarships were awarded to deserving applicants. The program honors the memory of several individuals who impacted the bleeding disorder community in unique ways. BioMatrix partners with the Hemophilia Federation of America for administrative support and independent, third-party evaluation of applicants.

“BioMatrix firmly believes in empowering patients to become strong self-advocates and leaders in their communities,” Tara Marchese, Corporate Director of Marketing at BioMatrix shares. “Our scholarship program honors the legacy of those memorialized by lifting up the next generation of leaders.”

The 2018 reward recipients are pursuing a range of academic interests from medicine to religion.

BioMatrix Memorial Scholarship Winners

Joe Holibaugh Memorial Scholarship Recipient
Sophomore, Princeton University
Major: Undeclared

Taking his bleeding disorder in stride, Miles never lets severe hemophilia stop him from achieving his dreams. Very athletic throughout his life, he competed internationally with the USA Junior National Water Polo Team. “I grew up believing that as long as I was diligent about my meds, hemophilia did not have to define or limit my activities.” Miles adamantly offers, “Take charge of your life to shape it how you want it to be.”


Millie Gonzalez Memorial Scholarship Recipient
Sophomore, California State Polytechnic University
Major: Kinesiology

Growing up as a female with hemophilia, Lena encountered challenges related to her diagnosis. “I have been told it is not possible for me to have hemophilia,” she shares. Lena learned to advocate for herself and is determined to help others. She started a women’s support group at her local chapter, “It was a fantastic opportunity to share our stories. It reaffirmed my

commitment to finding effective treatments for myself and other women with bleeding disorders.”


Mike Hylton Memorial Scholarship Recipient
Freshman, Westmont College
Major: Religious Studies

Salutatorian of his high school, Caleb enters college with the same gusto for learning and achieving. In addition to academics, Caleb plays five musical instruments and is very involved in his local community. He has received numerous accolades for his academic accomplishments and volunteer efforts. He affirms, “Having a bleeding disorder has helped me realize that as much as your community helps you, you should go and help your community.”

Tim Kennedy Memorial Scholarship Recipient
Freshman, Rutgers University
Major: Public Health

“I carry my hemophilia gene not as a burden, but as a torch that gives light to the memories of generations past and blazes the trail for a new generation of leaders.” Like his beloved grandfather, Justin has hemophilia. He plans to pursue a career in public

health. “Healthcare policy, social work, advocacy or non-profit work are all paths I can see myself taking. Through advocacy and outreach, I would aim to bring camaraderie and care to hemophiliacs across the board.”


Mark Coats Memorial Scholarship Recipient
University of Iowa
Carver College of Medicine, Major: Medicine

Isaiah was greatly influenced by his childhood physicians who treated his hemophilia. Inspired by those who helped him, he is pursuing a doctoral degree to become a pediatric hematologist/oncologist. “As a doctor, I will use my personal experiences, abilities and knowledge to support and enrich the lives of children. I will seek to emulate physicians from my own life who have been so impactful in making me the person I am today.”


Ron Niederman Memorial Scholarship Recipient
Junior, UCLA
Major: Integrative Biology and Physiology

Rachel grew up hearing stories of the challenges her family members faced living with severe hemophilia. The experiences of her father and her uncle inspired Rachel to pursue a career in medicine. She hopes to conduct research leading to advancements in care for people with hemophilia. She shares, “Through my ongoing education and training, I hope one day to have a positive impact on the lives of those with bleeding disorders in this country and throughout the world.”


About BioMatrix Specialty Pharmacy

BioMatrix specialty pharmacy offers comprehensive, nationwide specialty pharmacy services and digital health technology solutions for patients with chronic, difficult to treat conditions. Our growing family of companies unites leaders in the specialty pharmacy industry to improve health and empower patients to experience a higher quality of life. The current BioMatrix family of companies includes:, BiologicTx, Decillion Healthcare, Elwyn Pharmacy Group, Factor Support Network, Matrix Health, and Medex BioCare.