Local Washington, D.C., Student Awarded International Essential Tremor Foundation Scholarship

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

Audrey Weber

Despite the numerous questions and pain, I have been able to work around my tremor and find methods that allow me to control it, which have all helped me to be successful throughout the majority of my academic career.

The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) is pleased to award a $500 scholarship to student Audrey Weber from Washington, DC, for the 2017-2018 academic year. Weber is one of four students from across the nation to receive a scholarship award from the IETF.

As an incoming freshman to the University of Exeter in the UK, Weber is ready to tackle the challenges of living with her essential tremor (ET) while majoring in economics and finance with international study. During high school, Weber excelled in and outside the classroom. She shined as the student government president and yearbook editor-in-chief while maintaining a 4.17 GPA. She also participated in 4BY4, a business and entrepreneurship opportunity for youth, as technical and finance director and worked at the Sidwell Friends Daycare Center.

Being diagnosed at the age of 2, Weber knows a lifetime of struggles, but she manages to push through each obstacle to excel. “Despite the numerous questions and pain, I have been able to work around my tremor and find methods that allow me to control it, which have all helped me to be successful throughout the majority of my academic career,” Weber said.

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 $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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