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UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Recipients

  • Published: 2011-11-17 : UCB, Inc..
  • Synopsis: UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship announces their 2011 Recipients and acknowledges the goals and aspirations of 40 individuals impacted by epilepsy
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UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Announces 2011 Recipients - Acknowledges the goals and aspirations of 40 individuals impacted by epilepsy.

UCB, Inc. today announced 40 recipients of the 2011 UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship, recognizing outstanding individuals from across the country who are pursuing higher education as part of their efforts to live beyond the limitations posed by epilepsy. Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition affecting approximately three million people in the U.S. and 40 million people worldwide.

"We appreciate the paramount value and importance of education and we are excited to have the unique opportunity to help these motivated and outstanding individuals get one step closer to making their academic dreams come true," said Sue Curro, Vice President and Senior Global Project Leader-Patient Solutions, UCB, Inc.

Over the past seven years, UCB has awarded nearly 300 scholarships, totaling over $1 million, to people whose lives have been directly affected by epilepsy, including those living with epilepsy and their family members.

UCB selected this year's 40 recipients from 800 applications based on their personal excellence, community achievements and determination to overcome seizures that interrupt daily life. Each recipient will receive a scholarship worth up to $5,000 for tuition at colleges, graduate schools and technical schools across the country.

40 Recipients, 40 Unique Stories

The recipients of the 2011 UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship have overcome personal challenges in order to achieve impressive accomplishments. Among them are:

  • Connor Doran is a role model for those living with epilepsy. After making it to the semifinals of Season 5 of "America's Got Talent" for indoor kite-flying, Connor appeared in Epilepsy USA magazine and was the keynote speaker at San Diego Epilepsy Day.
  • Meghan Frey, who lives with epilepsy and Type I Diabetes, is a volleyball player and advocate for Kids Speak Up, which enables adolescents with epilepsy to petition Congress for aid in epilepsy care, education and research. She currently attends Muskingum University, where she is studying to become a special education teacher.
  • Claire Kennedy earned letters in soccer and lacrosse, while still managing the challenges of living with epilepsy. At the University of Idaho, she is part of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She is also the Idaho's Speak Up, Speak Out representative.
  • Stephanie Ledwig manages to live with epilepsy and fulfill her dream of teaching dance to children. Additionally, she volunteers at the Epilepsy Foundation and is the president of the National Christian Honor Society.
  • Aleisha Downing overcomes the boundaries of epilepsy every day. She was the Valedictorian of her high school's graduating class, and in addition she was assistant color guard captain, an orchestra soloist and ceramics contest winner.

Additional Recipients and Their Selected Learning Institution:

Marcie AbreuUniversity of Portland
Victoria AndreTowson University
Christine BlackUniversity of North Alabama
Alison BlackmanJames Madison University
Nickolas ButtoGeneva College
Neil CrevelingPratt Institute
Chastin DobbsPiedmont College
Connor DoranCentral Oregon Community College
Aleisha DowningColorado Christian University
Meghan FreyMuskingum University
Krista HeltonFlorida Tech University Online
Katilin HerefordCollege of Mount St. Joseph
John HermannHeartland Community College
Mallory HerringArkansas Tech University
Danielle HickmanFlorida State University
Claire KennedyUniversity Of Idaho
Stephanie LedwigUniversity of Houston-Victoria
Katelyn LudwigLynchburg College
Lauren McCaffreyNazareth College
Kristine O'Connor-DelgadoGate Community College
Samuel PorterIllinois College
Janell PorterUniversity of Montana - Bozeman
Julie PowersCentral Michigan University
Adam QuitmeyerSouthwestern Illinois College
Daniel SieradzkiKauai Community College
Tyler SpinoSalem Community College or Wilmington University
Briana TateUniversity of Tennessee at Knoxville
Albert ThompsonFinger Lakes Community College
Dylan WegnerUniversity of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
Chloe WeibelMississippi State University
Allison WentlingBowling Green State University
Kayleigh Ziehler-MartinSan Francisco Art Institute
Patrick ZimmerNorth Dakota State University

2012 Scholarship Applications Will Soon Be Available

The 2012 UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program applications will soon be available. For more information about the program, and to check for updates on next year's Epilepsy Scholarship Program please go to

UCB offers support to people living with chronic diseases, along with their families and friends, through a broad range of programs that foster independence and empowerment. The UCB Family Scholarship Program is just one such program; for information on others, visit

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