Monday, December 1, 2008

Unique Scholarship Helps People Affected by Epilepsy Fulfill Life Ambitions

GE Note: Congratulations to the Georgia students who are recipients of this scholarship.

/PRNewswire/ -- UCB, The Epilepsy Company(TM), will honor 31 recipients of the 2008 UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship(TM) at a reception in Seattle, WA on Sunday, December 7 during the American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting. The scholarship is awarded to inspiring people whose lives have been affected by epilepsy, and who seek personal growth through higher learning.

Each year, the UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship is offered to people living with epilepsy, their caregivers and family members to provide financial support for academic and personal achievement. This year, UCB awarded a total of $150,000 to 31 recipients; twenty-one recipients are people living with epilepsy, and the remaining 10 are family members or caregivers of someone living with epilepsy.

The scholarship money can be used toward tuition at any United States-based center for higher learning, including colleges, graduate schools and technical schools. Since 2005, UCB has awarded over half a million dollars in scholarships to qualified recipients.

"There are many people living with epilepsy who continue to have a positive impact on their families, schools and communities. The UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship allows us to recognize their achievements by making higher education more attainable for deserving recipients," said Rich Denness, Vice President and General Manager of CNS at UCB. "This scholarship is one of several innovative patient programs that demonstrate UCB's commitment to improving the lives of people living with epilepsy."

The American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting is an international conference where medical experts convene to share research findings and discuss relevant topics in the field of epilepsy and other seizure disorders. This year the meeting will occur in Seattle, WA from December 5-9, 2008.

2008 Scholarship Recipients:

The winners of this one-time award were selected from a pool of 588 applicants. Each recipient was considered based on their application, personal essay and letters of recommendation.

2008 recipients and their selected learning institution include:

-Crystal Armstrong Columbus State Community College
-Paul Babbitt Pitzer College
-Lindsey Beth Brewer University of West Alabama
-Steffanie Chamburs Seattle Pacific University
-Thomas Ciccone Binghamton University
-Kaycee Damm Albion College
-Jordan De Jong Mitchell College
-Christa Desjardins New England Culinary Institute
-Courtney DiPersico Palm Beach University
-Jacqueline Hayden University of Phoenix
-Chelsea Henline Townson University
-Cheyenne Hettel Southern State Community College
-Rebecca Huang California State University Dominguez Hill
-Melissa Kielbus Rochester Institute of Technology
-Patrick Masterton Iowa State University
-Samantha McCrary Ball State University
-Jennifer Mitchell Chattahoochee Valley Community College
-Meghan Monhollen Northern Kentucky University
-Trevor Nuener Modesto Junior College
-Allison Rellar University of Cincinnati
-Ryan Schuster University of Toledo
-Lakischa Stewart Thomas Jefferson University
-Erin Vachon-Vierra Northern Arizona University
-Brittany Wagner-Frederick Shenandoah University
-Claire Willeford Georgia State University
-Leigh Ann Youngblood-West Troy University
Note: Some recipients requested to remain anonymous.

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