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The Berner Scholarship for Students with Epilepsy

To be eligible for the Berner Scholarship for Students with Epilepsy, applicants must be an incoming freshman or attending an undergraduate college as a full-time student for the 2014/2015 academic school year. They must also have a diagnosis of epilepsy and reside in Illinois. This is a $10,000 award, of which $5,000 is a grant and $5,000 is an interest free loan that must be paid back within seven years of leaving undergraduate school, whether a student graduates or not and/or goes on to earn a graduate degree.

For more specifics on eligibility and to download the application, click here.

The Berner Scholarship for Students with Epilepsy application must be received by April 20, 2014.


The Jim Davies Scholarship

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago created the Jim Davies Scholarship in honor of our long-time friend and epilepsy advocate, Jim Davies. Jim developed epilepsy after suffering from a Traumatic Brain Injury in the Vietnam War. For years, Jim struggled to understand his diagnosis due to the lack of information and support available to people living with epilepsy. When Jim became connected to the Epilepsy Foundation in the mid-seventies, he knew he wanted to do everything he could to help the organization serve people impacted by the disorder. He was hired on as a case manager and was instrumental in the initiation of the Foundation’s support groups. Jim worked for the Epilepsy Foundation for over thirty years, providing numerous services, including case management, community education, and information services.

Jim retired from the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago in 2009, but feels just as passionately about epilepsy education and advocacy as when he first realized decades ago that people living with the disorder deserve a true understanding of what they have. Jim’s strength and compassion have had a tremendous impact on the Foundation and we are proud to offer this scholarship award in honor of his commitment to the 130,000 people living with epilepsy that it serves.

Click here for more information on the Jim Davies Scholarship and to download the application.

 The Jim Davies Scholarship application must be received by May 1, 2014.

 

The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Memorial Scholarship

The family and friends of Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield have established a foundation* for the purpose of creating and awarding a scholarship in memory of Sara. Sara developed epilepsy as a high school junior , was valedictorian of her graduating class and was a 1996 honors graduate of Greenville College. She received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Washington University in 1998 and earned the designation of Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Sara was a fearless advocate for epilepsy education and research. She dedicated her life to making a difference for better care and treatment for people living with epilepsy. She had served for ten years as the Epilepsy Services Coordinator of the Epilepsy Foundation of Southern Illinois and was participating in the Epilepsy Foundation of America’s Public Policy Institute in Washington, DC at the time of her unexpected death in March, 2011 at 36 years of age.

Sara accepted her condition with grace and never allowed her condition to define her existence.

* Note: The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Foundation is a not for profit corporation organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

Click here for more information on the Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Memorial Scholarship and to download the application. 

The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Memorial Scholarship application must be received by April 30, 2014.