The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago has 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.
The Jim Davies Scholarship
Vision: The Jim Davies Scholarship will provide financial support for the pursuit of higher education to students living with epilepsy. These students must demonstrate a strong commitment to their education and perseverance in overcoming the obstacles epilepsy may present.
Eligibility: The applicant must be an incoming freshman to a college or vocational/technical school that will be a full-time student for the 2013/2014 academic school year. They also must have a diagnosis of epilepsy and reside in Illinois.
About the Scholarship
The Jim Davies Scholarship is a one-year $1,000 award, and will be given to a deserving student who meets the following criteria:
- Is an incoming freshman to a college or vocational/technical school that will be a full-time student for the 2013/2014 academic school year.
- Has a diagnosis of epilepsy
- Is a resident of Illinois
Judges will evaluate the submissions and award the scholarship to a student who meets the above criteria and who best fits the scholarship’s vision. The recipient will be selected by a committee of three reviewers using a point system. Applicants will be judged on various merits, including: how well the applicant meets the scholarship’s vision, essays, letters of recommendation, academic merit, achievement and/or community service, and financial need.
Submission Deadline: Applications for the Jim Davies Scholarship must be postmarked no later than May 31st, 2013. They should be submitted on 8.5 x 11 inch paper, printed on one side of the page, unfolded, and mailed vis US Postal Service in a 9 x 12 inch envelope.
Applications should be mailed to:
EFGC Scholarship Committee
Attn: Mary Jo Perlongo
17 N. State St., Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60602