The International Essential Tremor Foundation Awards Scholarship to Edmond, Oklahoma Student Bethany Shipley

Student Bethany Shipley of Edmond, Oklahoma is awarded a $500 scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year by The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF). Shipley is one of five students who demonstrated impressive qualifications based on their academic and extracurricular activities in their community and their essay about living with essential tremor.

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Lenexa , KS (PRWEB) June 30, 2012

The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) is pleased to award a $500 scholarship to student Bethany Shipley of Edmond, Oklahoma for the 2012-2013 academic year. Shipley is one of five students from across the nation to receive a scholarship award from the IETF. (http://www.essentialtremor.org)

“These five students demonstrated impressive qualifications based on their academic and extracurricular activities in their community and their essay about living with essential tremor,” said Catherine Rice, Executive Director of the IETF.

Essential tremor (ET), although affecting an estimated 10 million Americans, is not commonly recognized by the general public. The neurological condition causes shaking of the head, hands, and voice.

The scholarships are for tuition only at licensed, accredited institutions of higher education and are paid directly to the educational institution. The IETF provides support to persons with essential tremor (ET) such as helping selected students to lessen the financial burden of attaining higher education. One goal of the IETF’s mission is to increase awareness of this disorder through distribution of educational literature and the March is National Essential Tremor Awareness Month campaign.

Shipley is a student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and will attend the University of Central Oklahoma in fall 2012. Her focus of master’s level study is in speech language pathology.

Having essential tremor has prompted Shipley to focus on her abilities rather than her limits. ET affects daily activities such as writing, eating, and putting on makeup, but she has made adjustments by using both hands for tasks. She says, “I may look silly trying to ‘stabilize’ my dominant hand, but I have come to learn ‘you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.’'

About The International Essential Tremor Foundation
Headquartered in Lenexa, Kan., and founded in 1988, the International Essential Tremor Foundation is the leading organization in the world dedicated to helping those affected by essential tremor through awareness, education, support and funding research to identify effective treatments and hopefully, a cure for the condition.

The IETF hosts ongoing community awareness events across the country to build a better understanding of ET and provides those affected with the basic knowledge necessary to become their own advocate when seeking treatment. The Foundation provides support and resources to seven community ambassadors and a nationwide network of 80 local support groups.

Since its inception, the IETF has distributed more than half a million dollars in research grants to fund 12 promising research studies to search for the cause of ET. To learn more about essential tremor, visit the IETF website at http://www.essentialtremor.org.