CURE Education Enrichment Fund
About Education Enrichment Fund
CURE is proud to offer the Education Enrichment Fund scholarship program, sponsored by Lundbeck. The program consists of a one-time scholarship (up to $5,000) for those living with epilepsy, family members and caregivers, to be used toward coursework to advance personal knowledge in research, health education, advocacy and/or awareness in relation to their experiences with this neurological disease.
Education Enrichment Fund provides a unique opportunity for all those seeking to educate themselves in an effort to enrich the lives of those touched by epilepsy!
2016 Education Enrichment Fund Awardees
While all applicants had inspirational relationships to epilepsy and compelling reasons for wanting to further their education, three applications from 2016, all truly unique and special in their own way, stood out.
Who is eligible to apply for Education Enrichment Fund?
A sister who watched her little brother battle seizures daily and struggled to find a way to help him improve his quality of life. She realized that as a sibling of someone whose seizures dictated their entire life, it seemed appropriate that she devote hers to helping children, like her brother, who have been living with severe disabilities. She will be using her scholarship toward her recent acceptance into a nationally-ranked Masters of Education program, where she will focus on educating children with severe disabilities.
A young woman who developed epilepsy later in life and
fought the misconceptions and discrimination that
surrounds people living with epilepsy every day. With the
help of her family, she continued to grow professionally in
the political arena and is currently pursuing a Master’s
degree in Public Health. She plans to use her
scholarship to help her effectively advocate for people in
the epilepsy community and create policies to help
improve the quality of life of people just like her who
struggle with epilepsy and other chronic conditions.
A mother who struggled with not knowing the answer to her child’s epilepsy and who never gave up. After finally identifying a genetic cause, she helped form a non-profit foundation built around this mutation that provides support to other families who have had this same diagnosis and helps coordinate new research studies. She plans to use her scholarship to learn how to effectively write grants and raise funds for research, while also learning best practices to advocate in the healthcare and political arenas.
Anyone diagnosed with epilepsy, immediate family members of someone with epilepsy and/or caregivers are encouraged to apply. To apply for the CURE Education Enrichment Fund you must:
What do I need to apply for the Education Enrichment Fund?
- Be a) diagnosed with epilepsy by a physician or b) the immediate family member (parent, spouse, child or sibling) AND/OR caregiver of a person living with epilepsy. Caregivers are defined as any individual who provides unpaid, personal care for a person living with epilepsy.
- Be seeking to advance your personal knowledge in the field of epilepsy, as it relates to research, health education, awareness, and/or advocacy. Coursework may include online training, training certifications, vocational coursework, academic coursework, or any other applicable courses*. Coursework may be completed at any training center, vocational institution, or academic institution the applicant chooses. *Applicability of coursework is at the discretion of the Education Enrichment Fund Selection Committee.
- Not an employee (or an immediate family member of an employee) of Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) or Lundbeck. Immediate family members, in this
occasion, are defined as spouses, domestic partners, children, parents, grandchildren, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, stepchildren, stepsisters and
stepbrothers. Additionally, healthcare professionals who directly or indirectly influence the prescribing of epilepsy medications, and their immediate family members are not eligible to apply.
- Basic Information about yourself and your photo
- Basic information about the institution you plan to attend
- Updated resume OR information regarding your professional and extracurricular achievements
- 500-word essay explaining why you should be selected for the scholarship, how epilepsy has impacted your life either as a person living with epilepsy or as a family member/caregiver of a person living with epilepsy, and how the scholarship will benefit you and/or your family
- One letter of recommendation from an academic professional, community official, or health care team member of your choosing
You may apply online using the form below or if you prefer, can mail a hard copy version.
QUESTIONS? Not sure where to begin? Ask for a member of our Development team at 312-255-1801 or email info@CUREepilepsy.org.
|Thank you to our Education Enrichment Fund sponsor!|