Eric Burton Osberg Scholarship Fund

The 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.

Students attending a computer, trade, technical, or culinary school are preferred during the review process, but students who are attending traditional schools are also encouraged to apply.  Priority will be given to applicants within the EFEPA service area. EFEPA’s service area includes the counties of: Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity. The official registration and financial information of the Epilepsy Foundation Eastern PA may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling (800) 732-0999.

Those applying for the Eric Burton Osberg Scholarship Fund must submit the following to be considered by the scholarship review committee:

  • A completed scholarship application form
  • A letter from the applicant’s neurologist confirming that the applicant is a current patient and is receiving treatment for epilepsy/seizure disorder.
  • A copy of the applicant’s technical, culinary, trades and/or computer school acceptance letter, current academic transcript, or a letter discussing their intention of applying.
  • A written statement (500 word minimum).  This written statement should address the applicant’s academic goals, demonstrate need of scholarship, and describe how epilepsy has affected the applicant’s life and academics.
  • One letter of recommendation written by someone who is not a family member.  The letter of recommendation should address the applicant’s academic potential as well as the potential to serve as a positive ambassador for the EFEPA.

Click here for the Osberg Scholarship Application Form

The 2015 application period is now closed.

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Additional Opportunities:

If you’re looking for a scholarship opportunity, a great place to start is  You can search for college planning resources in addition to scholarship opportunities. When looking, think outside the box about what you may apply for! Don’t just search for ‘epilepsy scholarships.’ You can search under disabilities, health, or something that is unique to you like a hobby or sport.

Oliver H.M. Jordan Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
Sponsored by the Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities

The Scholarship Fund for Students with Disabilities was established by the Mayor’s Commission to provide financial assistance to students who are pursuing post-secondary education or training.  Students attending (or planning to attend) an undergraduate, graduate, technical, or vocational program will be considered for the scholarships.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be a Philadelphia resident.
  • Applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent degree.
  • Applicant must have a disability, as defined by the Rehab Act/ADA.
  • Applicant must be pursuing undergraduate, vocational, technical or graduate education.
  • Application must be accompanied by two letters of recommendation (one of which must be from school personnel) and most recent transcript.
  • Proof of application and/or acceptance from the post-secondary institution

Click here to download the application.

Please submit completed application to:

Charles W. Horton Jr., Executive Director
Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities
1401 JFK Boulevard, Rm. 900 MSB, Philadelphia, PA  19102

Deadline for receipt of applications is September 25, 2015

UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program

The UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program™ offers educational scholarships to people living with epilepsy, family members and caregivers who demonstrate academic and personal achievement. Since 2005, UCB has awarded over $1,500,000 to more than 300 deserving people who have applied their awards to undergraduate and graduate studies.

The 2015 UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship deadline has passed. Application materials received on or before May 29, 2015 will be accepted. Click here to visit the UCB Family Scholarship website for more details.