Local Student Awarded International Essential Tremor Foundation Scholarship

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The IETF offers educational support for student affected by essential tremor.

Jack Peters

Jack Peters

I see having tremors not as an obstacle, but just as a part of who I am and as an opportunity to inform others about the millions of people around the world who also have ET.

The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) is pleased to award a $500 scholarship to student Jack Peters from Redgranite, Wis., for the 2017-2018 academic year. Peters is one of four students from across the nation to receive a scholarship award from the IETF. This is the second time Peters has been awarded an IETF scholarship.

At the age of 6, Peters was diagnosed with essential tremor (ET). His diagnosis was only the beginning of facing the everyday challenges of having ET. His shaky hands and trembling voice opened up the opportunity for educating others on the life-altering neurological condition. “I am aware my handwriting looks shaky, and there is no such thing as staying in the lines, but I was always lucky to have teachers and classmates that knew it was still me,” Peters said.

As Peters begins his second semester as a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, he looks forward to continuing educating others on his condition to create a greater awareness. “I see having tremors not as an obstacle, but just as a part of who I am and as an opportunity to inform others about the millions of people around the world who also have ET.”

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 as an 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 $1 million in research grants, to fund numerous 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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