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2016 UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship awarded

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    We are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2016 UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship. These grants support the educational goals and aspirations of 40 people in the United States impacted by epilepsy.

    Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition affecting approximately 65 million people worldwide. Over the past 12 years, we have awarded nearly 400 hundred scholarships totaling $1.9 million (€1.79 million) to people whose lives have been directly affected by epilepsy. This includes not only those living with epilepsy, but also their family members and others involved in their care, who are critically important partners in successfully managing epilepsy.

    We are excited to have the extraordinary opportunity to help motivated and outstanding students from across the United States achieve their academic goals. We look forward to seeing how these students will continue to spread epilepsy awareness in their communities of higher education.

    A committee of healthcare professionals and EpilepsyAdvocates™ selected this year’s 40 recipients from more than 500 applications based on personal excellence, community achievements and determination to overcome seizures that interrupt daily life. Recipients received scholarships of $5,000 (€4,700) to use toward tuition to pursue higher education in undergraduate or graduate programs, or technical school.

    This year, two of the scholarship recipients received $10,000 (€9,400) Epilepsy Leader Scholarship, honoring the late Sandra Helmers, M.D., M.P.H. and the late John M. Pellock, M.D., trailblazers in epilepsy research and treatment and members of the UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship selection committee who both passed away earlier this year.

    For more information about applying for the 2017 UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program™, please visit www.ucbepilepsyscholarship.com.

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