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Shannon O' Daniel Memorial Scholarship

Vision: The recipient of the Shannon O'Daniel Memorial Scholarship should be a student who has shown courage in dealing with epilepsy and seizure, commitment to their education, and perseverance in eliminating the obstacles that epilepsy and seizures may present.

About the Scholarship
The Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana is now accepting applications for the 2013 Shannon O'Daniel Memorial Scholarship Award. The one-year $1,000 award is given to a deserving student who meets the following criteria:

• Is under a physician's care for epilepsy (also called seizure disorder);
• Is a college-bound high school senior;
• Lives in Kentucky (excluding Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties) 
   or lives in Clark, Floyd or Harrison Counties in Indiana.

Shannon O'Daniel was a senior in college and just credits away from graduating when she died from what was attributed to SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy). Her life was a struggle to overcome the seizures that frequently disrupted her life. She did so with a determination to achieve her dreams, one of which was receiving a college diploma. In the aftermath of her tragic death, this scholarship was created to honor Shannon's achievements. Judges will award the scholarship to the student who meets the above criteria and who best fits the scholarship's vision.

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2013

Past Scholarship Recipients:

2002   Jason Buffat                       2008  Emerson Dick
2003   Ashley Hester                     2009  Mary Whitlock
2004   Whitney Mayo                     2010  Barbara Vanderveer
2005   Lori Payton                         2011  Ashley Walter
2006   Elizabeth Farrar                   2012  Lindsey Taylor Hannan
2007   Bradley Waller

2012 Shannon O'Daniel Memorial Scholarship Recipient

The Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana is pleased to announce that Lindsey Hannon of Winchester, Kentucky is the 2012 Shannon O’Daniel Memorial Scholarship recipient. Lindsey is a 2012 graduate of George Rogers Clark High School and is currently attending Eastern Kentucky University. She is studying to be a nurse, a career path chosen due to the inspiration she received from her mother, also a nurse, and from the nurses who cared for her when she was in the hospital because of her seizures.

Lindsey had her first absence seizure at the age of two and was diagnosed with epilepsy a year later. As she grew, she struggled with gaining control over her seizures, eventually trying the ketogenic diet for two years and having the vagus nerve stimulator implanted while in middle school. She remembers feeling like the kid that stood out from her classmates because of her “yucky food” at lunch, but overall felt her friends were very understanding of her condition. In high school, she was devastated when she couldn’t get her driver’s license, but was comforted that her family was willing to transport her wherever she needed to go.

This past April, Lindsey traveled to Washington, D.C. for the 2012 Kids Speak Up! program. While there, she visitedher congressional leaders to share her personal story as well as petition for increased funding to assure better access to care, improved public education, and more research toward a cure for epilepsy. The Foundation was proud to have her represent Kentucky.

Lindsey’s seizures are now under control and she is able to drive. She enjoys playing the flue, traveling abroad, and being a part of her church. She is grateful for this opportunity and is appreciative that through the memory of Shannon O’Daniel, she can achieve her dreams.

Peggy Sherrell Memorial Scholarship

Vision:  The recipient of the Peggy Sherrell Memorial Scholarship will be a degree- or certificate-seeking student who shows courage when dealing with epilepsy and seizures, a strong commitment to their education, and perseverance in  may eliminating the obstacles epilepsy and seizures may present. Download 2013 Peggy Sherrell
Memorial Scholarship Application

About the Scholarship
The Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana is now accepting applications for the 2013 Peggy Sherrell Memorial Scholarship.  This one-year, $1,000 award is given to a deserving non-traditional, adult student who meets the following criteria.
  • Is under a physician's care for epilepsy (also called seizure disorder);
  • Is a degree or certificate seeking non-traditional student (either first-time adult learner, or those returning to complete their degree or certificate);
  • Lives in Kentucky (excluding Boone, Campbell, Grant or Kenton counties) or lives in Clark, Floyd or Harrison counties in southern Indiana.

Peggy Sherrell was a 46 year-old wife and mother of two adult children who died suddenly on August 28, 2010 from what was attributed to SUDEP.  Peggy believed that education was extremely important and therefore, her family determined that a scholarship would be the perfect way to carry on her legacy.  Her family strives to assist the Foundation in educating people on the possible effects of SUDEP.

Most people with epilepsy live a full life span.  However, there are potential factors associated with living with epilepsy/seizures that may increase the risk of early death.  Although Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) is not well understood, it is suspected to sometimes be related to heart rhythm problems during a seizure.  SUDEP occurs more often among people with convulsive seizures that are not well controlled.  More research is needed to fully understand what causes SUDEP.

Submission Deadline: Must be post-marked by May 15, 2013

2012 Peggy Sherrell Memorial Scholarship Recipient
We are excited to announce that Weston Coward of Henderson, Kentucky is the 2012 recipient of the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana’s Peggy Sherrell Memorial Scholarship. Weston is a 2012 graduate of Reitz Memorial High School in Evansville, Indiana and is now attending the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He plans to major in Government or History.  

Weston had his first generalized tonic-clonic seizure when he was in the 5th grade. He was then prescribed a few different medications that caused him to suffer from weight gain and moodiness. After struggling with these side effects, he was finally prescribed a medication that controlled his seizures with virtually no side effects. He soon began to have a better quality of life as well as freedom from his seizures, as long as he took his medicine. Weston feels his classmates were very understanding regarding his epilepsy. He once had a seizure at school and even though his classmates were scared of what they had seen, continued to treat him as they always had before the seizure. The entire basketball team even visited him once while he was in the hospital! Weston and has been seizure free now for several years and appreciates the support he received from family and friends during the hard times.

Weston is proud and humbled to be representing Peggy with this scholarship opportunity. Congratulations Weston and best wishes in your future endeavors!

Other Scholarships for Students/Families
Affected by Epilepsy:

UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program™
Amount for Student: $5,000 (one time)
Amount for Family Member/Caregiver of Person with Epilepsy:  $5,000 (one time)
Mailed Applications Due: (must be post-marked by) February 28, 2013
Review Criteria and Download Application Online: www.ucbepilepsyscholarship.com

Visit the National Epilepsy Foundation website Scholarships for additional scholarship opportunities.