Lenexa, KS (PRWEB) June 30, 2012
The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) is pleased to award a $500 scholarship to student Carolina Conway of Tustin, California for the 2012-2013 academic year. Conway 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.
Conway attends Saddleback College and will transfer to San Diego State University where she plans to study business administration in fall 2012.
She began showing symptoms of ET at the age of 15. At first, she was self-conscious. Her determination to not let ET hold her back grew steadfast. Conway understands that the condition affects her physically and even emotionally but believes that ET has made her stronger. She says, “No matter what difficulties I may be faced with, there is always a way to make it work. Having essential tremor has taught me to never stop fighting!”
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.