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Scholarships

The Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana sponsors two scholarships. One is for college bound high school seniors and the other is for any degree/certificate seeking student who lives in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd, or Harrison counties in southern Indiana.
For questions, please contact Beth Stivers, MS, Director at 502-907-1533.
​Applications must be submitted by mail and post-marked by May 17, 2024.

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 2024 Shannon O'Daniel Memorial Scholarship.

Scholarship Award requirements are: 

  • Is currently under a physician's care for epilepsy/seizures (i.e. neurological seizures);

  • Is currently undergoing treatment and/or taking anticonvulsant medication(s); 

  • Can demonstrate their struggle to overcome adversity because of their epilepsy/seizures;

  • Is a college freshman entering their Fall 2024 semester;

  • Lives in Kentucky or Clark, Floyd, or Harrison counties in Indiana.

Submission Deadline: 
Must be post-marked by May 17, 2024

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Shannon O’Daniel was a senior in college and just credits away from graduating when she died from what was attributed to SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy). Shannon struggled to overcome the seizures that frequently disrupted her life. She did so with a determination to achieve her dreams, one of which was to receive her college diploma. In the aftermath of her tragic death, this scholarship was created to honor Shannon and her achievements.

Past Scholarship Recipients:

2002   Jason Buffat

2003   Ashley Hester

2004   Whitney Mayo

2005   Lori Payton

2006   Elizabeth Farrar

2007   Bradley Waller

2008   Emerson Dick

2009  Mary Whitlock

2010   Barbara Vanderveer

2011   Ashley Walter

2012   Lindsey Taylor Hannan

2013   Nicole M. Peters

2014   Alexander Story

2015   Wesley Layne​

2016   Cody Peele

2017   Makayla True Stock

2018   Nina Piazza

2019   Isabelle Hobbs

2020   Makailynn Sullivan

2021   Laura Tinnell

2022   Laura Phelps

2023   Allyson Elizabeth Willis

2024

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 eliminating the obstacles epilepsy and seizures may present.

About the Scholarship
The Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana is now accepting applications for the 2024 Peggy Sherrell Memorial Scholarship.  This one-year, $1,000 award is given to a deserving non-traditional, adult student.


Scholarship Award requirements are: 

  • Is currently under a physician's care for epilepsy/seizures (i.e. neurological seizures);

  • Is currently undergoing treatment and/or taking anticonvulsant medication(s); 

  • Can demonstrate their struggle to overcome adversity because of their epilepsy/seizures;

  • Is a degree or certificate-seeking student (graduating high school senior, first-time adult learner, or those returning to complete their degree/certificate);

  • Lives in Kentucky or Clark, Floyd, or Harrison counties in Indiana.

Submission Deadline: 
Must be post-marked by May 17, 2024

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Peggy Sherrell was a 46 year-old wife and mother of two adult children. Peggy died suddenly on August 28, 2010 from what was attributed to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (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 about SUDEP.

Past Scholarship Recipients:

2011  Janie Eckstein

2012  Weston Coward

2013  Zachary Lambertus

2014  Isabella McGone

2015  David Nance

2016  Nicole Lynn Morrison

2017  Charles Davis Eckmann

2018  Keith Pierce

2019  Shamyak Acharya

2020   Aaliyah Harrell

2021   Jaden Little

2022   Caroline Lock

2023   Katelyn Phillips

2024

Other Scholarships

Other Scholarships for Students/Families Affected by Epilepsy:

UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program™

Review Criteria and Download Application Online: https://www.ucbepilepsyscholarship.com/

National Epilepsy Foundation

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

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