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.
Applications will be accepted through May 1, 2017.
If you’re looking for a scholarship opportunity, a great place to start is BigFuture.Collegeboard.org. 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.
FACES College Scholarship Program
FACES (Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures) will provide partial financial support for the education of incoming freshmen or currently enrolled college students affected by epilepsy and seizure disorders; award amount will vary from a minimum of $500 and will not exceed $5,000 per student, depending on the applicant’s financial need.
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 2017 scholarship deadline is March 10, 2017. Click here to visit the UCB Family Scholarship website for more details.
CURE Education Enrichment Fund
CURE is proud to offer the Education Enrichment Fund scholarship program, sponsored by Lundbeck. The program consists of a one-time scholarship (up to $5,000) for those living with epilepsy, family members and caregivers, to be used toward coursework to advance personal knowledge in research, health education, advocacy and/or awareness in relation to their experiences with this neurological disease.
Visit CUREepilepsy.org for eligibility details and access to the application.
Pennsylvania House Scholarship
High school seniors can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship to help cover the costs of higher education. The program is privately funded by individual and corporate donors. No tax or other public funds are used.
Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships through the program. It is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student.
Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school in order to be eligible for the scholarship. A student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need are also taken into consideration.
The application deadline is March 1. Click here to access the application.
The scholarship program is administered through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities. Scholarships are awarded through an independent panel of judges chosen by the foundation.
HERB it Forward Scholarship
Shelly Fisher, CEO of Hope Paige Medical ID, was inspired by her father, Herb Lotman, a self-made businessman whose lifetime was dedicated to helping others and giving back. “The ‘Herb it Forward’ Scholarship was created in his memory to educate those future leaders who will continue to pay it forward,” says Shelly.