Local Student Awarded International Essential Tremor Foundation Scholarship

The IETF offers educational support for student affected by essential tremor, a common neurological disorder.

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2014 Fall IETF Scholarship Winner Paul Schoolman

Scholarship Award Winner Paul Schoolman

Having essential tremor has been a major inconvenience, at times an embarrassment and very frustrating, but nothing I cannot overcome.

Lenexa, KS (PRWEB) May 30, 2014

The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) is pleased to award a $500 scholarship to student Paul Schoolman from Sykesville, Md. for the 2014-2015 academic year. Schoolman is one of four students from across the nation to receive a scholarship award from the IETF.

As an incoming freshman to McDaniel College, Schoolman understands the challenges of living with ET. “Having essential tremor has been a major inconvenience, at times an embarrassment and very frustrating, but nothing I cannot overcome,” said Schoolman.

During high school, Schoolman excelled in and outside the classroom. He was an AP scholar, member of the student government association and National Honor Society and named Century High School Valiant Knight, the school’s prestigious honor of peer facilitator. Schoolman also volunteered as a Hashawha Outdoor School Camp Counselor and traveled on a study tour to Costa Rica.

“His consideration and compassion for others, along with his determination have helped make him a student leader,” said Randy J. Clark, principal of Century High School. “As a student he has helped our school to excel. I am sure that he will continue to do well in the future with this type of attitude.”

Essential tremor is a neurological condition that affects more than 10 million Americans. ET causes rhythmic shaking of the hands, head, and voice. ET is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease, although eight times more common. ET is characterized by action tremor, making everyday tasks such as eating, drinking, and writing difficult if not impossible. There is no cure for this life-altering condition.

IETF scholarships are awarded to qualified students of all ages who have been diagnosed with ET, to lessen the burden of higher education. The scholarship can be used for supplies, books or tuition at licensed, accredited institutions of higher education (including trade schools) and are paid directly to the educational institution. For more information about the IETF scholarship program, please visit http://www.essentialtremor.org/about-the-ietf/scholarships.

About The International Essential Tremor Foundation:
Headquartered in Lenexa, KS, and founded in 1988, the International Essential Tremor Foundation is the leading organization in the world dedicated to those affected by essential tremor. The mission of the IETF is to fund research that will find the cause of essential tremor and lead to better treatments and a cure, increase awareness about ET, and provide educational materials, tools and support to healthcare providers, the public, and those directly affected by ET.

The IETF has distributed more than $750,000 in research grants, to fund 30 promising studies, in the search for the cause of ET. The Foundation has hosted numerous community awareness events across the U.S. to provide those affected with the basic knowledge necessary to become their own advocate when seeking treatment. And, the IETF also provides assistance to a vast network of support groups around the world. To learn more about essential tremor and the IETF mission, visit the IETF website at http://www.essentialtremor.org.