Local Student Awarded International Essential Tremor Foundation Scholarship

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The International Essential Tremor Foundation offers educational support for student affected by essential tremor, a common neurological disorder.

IETF Fall 2014 Scholarship Winner Alyssa Mendelsohn

Alyssa Mendelsohn

Having ET hasn’t been easy. But it’s been my journey. And I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I have essential tremor. And I’m only getting started – shaking things up.

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

As an incoming freshman at Ithaca College, Mendelsohn uses her challenges with ET by keeping a positive outlook. “It’d be easy for me to list the ways in which tremor is an obstacle in my life…but the truth is, I love my tremor,” said Mendelsohn. “That’s not to say that we always get along or that they don’t get on my nerves on a daily basis – but my tremor makes me laugh, they make me stand out in a crowd.”

Mendelsohn has been a synchronized ice skater for six years and serves as team captain of her national award-winning team. She also volunteers for Give Kids the World and as a coach for a young, beginning ice skating team. During high school, she was active in choir and founded Jam Sesh, a club where students can go to let off steam and share their passion for music.

“Having ET hasn’t been easy. But it’s been my journey. And I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” said Mendelsohn. “I have essential tremor. And I’m only getting started – shaking things up.”

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.

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