The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Foundation has announced that Mr. John Shearer of Gurnee, Illinois, has been awarded the SARA ELIZABETH STUBBLEFIELD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP for Persons with Epilepsy. This $2,000 scholarship award will be paid $1,000 per semester for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Mr. Shearer, a 2013 graduate of Warren Township High School, will attend Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he will double major in biology and business administration, after which he plans to attend medical school.
In information provided by Matthew Flanigan, Secretary of the Foundation, Mr. Shearer was selected from a large group of applicants on the basis of his outstanding academic performance in high school, where he was a member of the National Honor Society. He is also an Eagle Scout and was lauded by community members for many hours of community service in the Village of Gurnee.
The Foundation also renewed the scholarship award of the 2012 winner, Ms. Jenna Pedersen of St. Charles, Illinois. Ms. Pedersen will continue her education at Illinois State University, where she is majoring in special education. Flanigan pointed out that the assets of the Foundation permitted funding Ms. Pedersen for a second year, and it is hoped that in addition to selecting an academic winner each year, the Foundation will be able to continue funding previous years’ winners until they complete their 4 years of undergraduate education.
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation, and is funded by donations from the general public.
The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Memorial Scholarship Foundation awards a $2,000 scholarship every year to a deserving student who is living with epilepsy. Students should consult their local guidance counselors. Next year’s applications are due at the end of April 2014.