UCB announced the 40 winners of the 2016 UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments by individuals who have been touched by epilepsy and who wish to pursue higher education to help achieve their goals in life.
Since 2005, the UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship has awarded nearly 400 scholarships, totaling almost $1.9 million, to individuals whose lives have been somehow affected by this disease. All recipients receive scholarships of $5,000 to pay undergraduate, graduate, or technical programs’ tuitions.
This year, two scholarship recipients received a $10,000 Epilepsy Leader Scholarship, to honor the late John M. Pellock, MD, and the late Sandra Helmers, MD, MPH, two members of the UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship selection committee who passed away earlier this year. Both Pellock and Helmers were pioneers in epilepsy research and treatment.
Pellock was chairman of the division of pediatric neurology at Virginia Commonwealth University and worked on advocacy and civil rights for all people living with epilepsy and seizures, particularly children.
Helmers, professor of neurology at Emory Universty, worked closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC), Managing Epilepsy Well Network, a team of people from U.S. Universities, community-based organizations and the CDC who collaborate on ways to promote epilepsy self-management and improve the lives of epilepsy patients.
For the scholarships, not only those living with epilepsy were eligible, but also their family members or others involved in their care, who are pivotal partners to manage their epilepsy successfully.
“We are excited to have the extraordinary opportunity to help motivated and outstanding students from across the nation achieve their academic goals,” Simon Lucas, UCB’s head of U.S. Neurology Patient Value Unit, said in a press release. “We look forward to seeing how these students will continue to spread epilepsy awareness in their communities of higher education.”
This year’s 40 recipients were selected by a healthcare professionals’ committee and by epilepsy advocates, who looked at more than 500 applications. 2016 recipients were selected based on personal excellence, community achievements and determination to manage and overcome seizures, which can be so disruptive of daily life.
See a full list of 2016’s 40 recipients here. 2017 scholarship online applications will be available from Nov. 28 this year. Find more information about application requirements for the 2017 UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program here.