Epilepsy Scholarships 2015

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Jessica Keenan Smith is the founder of Living Well With Epilepsy, an online resource for people living with epilepsy and their loved ones. The site is a leading provider of news, personal stories, commentary, interviews, and awareness events for the global epilepsy community.

Scholarships are available for people with epilepsy who may be considering college, university, technical school or culinary school.

Below you will find a list of scholarships that may be a good fit for you.

Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern PA

Must have epilepsy: Yes
Location: PA in service area of EFEPA
Eligible: Students attending a computer, trade, technical, or culinary school are preferred
Amount: not available
Deadline: not available

Eric Burton Osberg Scholarship Fund was formed to help students with epilepsy reach their full academic potential.  Those who receive this scholarship are recognized for their determination to achieve in school while living with epilepsy.  Recipients of the scholarship exemplify the spirit of hope and perseverance to overcome the challenges created by epilepsy communicated by the Foundation’s mission. For more information on how to apply visit the EFEPA website.

Epilepsy Foundation Cheapeake Region

Must have epilepsy: Yes
Location: MD
Eligible: College students and others
Deadline: April 3

Ira Rosenzwog Scholarship Fund was created to assist college students and others who have epilepsy to further their education.

It is part of the Epilepsy Foundation Chesapeake Region and is only for residents in the agency's service area. Click here to download the scholarship criteria or contact the Epilepsy Foundation Chesapeake Region.

Epilepsy Foundation of Chicago

Must have epilepsy: Yes
Location: IL
Eligible: college-bound or a vocational technical school bound high school senior
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Memorial Scholarship for Persons with Epilepsy

This scholarship will provide financial support for the pursuit of higher education to a student living with epilepsy, who demonstrates a strong commitment to his/her education and perseverance in overcoming the obstacles that epilepsy may present. This scholarship was created to honor Sara’s life and her advocacy to ensure that “not another moment will be lost to seizures.” Judges will award the scholarship to the student who meets the above criteria and who best fits the scholarship’s vision.

It is a one-year $2,000 award, and will be given to a deserving student who has epilepsy and is under a physician's care for epilepsy and is college-bound or a vocational technical school bound high school senior residing in the state of Illinois. For more information and to apply, click here.

Epilepsy Foundation Rochester Syracuse Binghamton

Must have epilepsy: Yes
Location: Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton area of NY
Eligible: HS Seniors and current college students
Deadline: Late April

Stephen A. Segar, an attorney and founding partner of the Rochester law firm of Segar and Sciortino, did not let epilepsy stop him from achievement in college, law school and beyond, and now he wants to help others in pursuit of their learning. Thanks to Mr. Segar's personal generosity and a board-designated allocation, three $1,500 scholarships are available for high school seniors and current college students who reside within the 22-county territory served by the Epilepsy Foundation Rochester Syracuse Binghamton. For more information and to apply, please click here.

Epilepsy Foundation of NJ

Must have epilepsy: Yes
Location: New Jersey
Eligible: High School Senior
Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey is now accepting applications for our annual scholarship program for New Jersey high school seniors who have epilepsy. We anticipate offering at least three $1,000 scholarships this year.

New Jersey high school seniors with epilepsy who plan to attend a college or university are eligible. Academic achievement, participation in activities and financial need will be considered. The extent of a student's disability(s) will be taken into account as well, so that s/he need not be near the top of her/his class to qualify. Final awards will be made by the Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey, which reserves the right not to make any awards.

Scholarship Applications and supporting documents are due by May 1, 2015. Should you have any questions, please contact Andrea Racioppi at (800)336-5843 or by email at aracioppi@efnj.com.

Epilepsy Foundation Kentuckiana

Must have epilepsy: Yes
Location: Lives in Kentucky (excluding Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties) or lives in Clark, Floyd or Harrison Counties in Indiana.
Eligible: a college-bound high school senior
Deadline: June 1, 2015

The recipient of the Shannon O'Daniel Memorial Scholarship should be a student who has shown courage in dealing with epilepsy and seizure, commitment to their education, and perseverance in eliminating the obstacles that epilepsy and seizures may present. The Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana is now accepting applications for the 2015 Shannon O'Daniel Memorial Scholarship Award. The one-year $1,000 award is given to a deserving student who meets the award criteria.

Shannon O'Daniel was a senior in college and just credits away from graduating when she died from what was attributed to SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy). Her life was a struggle to overcome the seizures that frequently disrupted her life. She did so with a determination to achieve her dreams, one of which was receiving a college diploma. In the aftermath of her tragic death, this scholarship was created to honor Shannon's achievements. This scholarship is offered through the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana. For more information and to apply please click here.


HEATH provides information on post-secondary education for students with disabilities, including information on financial aid resources. Visit: www.heath.gwu.edu

Federal Student Aid Information Center
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