“Attending college was a goal I had set for myself many years ago. With the EFWCP Scholarship, Washington and Jefferson College was more financially feasible, helping me attain my dream.”
The Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central Pennsylvania congratulates the recipients of this year’s annual college scholarship program, which is now in its thirteenth year. Seven outstanding high school seniors, all of whom are faced with a seizure disorder or epilepsy, will each receive a scholarship to further their education. Winners were selected based on several factors, including their ability to maintain a positive academic grade average and overcome adversity. To be eligible for the EFWCP Scholarship, a person must: have a diagnosis of epilepsy/seizure disorder, provide proof of acceptance to a post-secondary academic or vocational program, be a recent high school graduate, attend school full-time, and be a legal resident of western/central Pennsylvania.
This was the fifth year that the UPMC Center for Inclusion in HealthCare has underwritten a $1000 scholarship. Kimberlyn Turner of York County is the recipient of the UPMC Center for Inclusion in Health Care Scholarship. Kimberlyn graduated from York Catholic High School and will attend Pennsylvania State University and major in Communications/ Journalism and Broadcast.
The Julie McCormick Memorial Scholarship will be presented by the McCormick family. Accepting the Julie McCormick Memorial Scholarship is Kelsey Tyler from Daisytown, PA, who currently lives in Washington County. Kelsey graduated from California Area High School and will attend Pennsylvania State University and will major in nursing.
New this year is the $2500 Paige Holland Memorial Scholarship. We are able to award this scholarship thanks to the generosity of the Holland Family, who lost their daughter, Paige, to epilepsy last year. This award goes to the person who scored the highest on our application. Ashley Johnson, who is the recipient of the $2500 Holland Paige Memorial Scholarship, lives in Cambria County. She graduated from Cambria Heights High School and will attend the University of Pittsburgh with a major in pre-med.
Joshua Borza, is from Allegheny County. Joshua graduated from North Allegheny High School. He plans on attending Edinboro University and with a major in Business Administration.
Jessica Gillmen is from Blair County. She graduated from Altoona Area High School and will attend Mt Aloysius College with a pre-Medicine major.
Shannon Leary from Franklin County graduated from Chambersburg Area Senior High School. She will attend Messiah College with a major in Nursing.
Nathan Marzka is from Erie County. He graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School. Nathan will attend Penn State Erie, majoring in Mathematics.