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Seizure Scholarships

March 30, 2012 5:02 pm
posted by Carlo Evanson

Do you or does someone you know suffer from seizures?  If so you will understand just how disruptive this condition can be to your everyday life.  But did you know that there are scholarships to be had for those who suffer from seizures, especially if those seizures are a result of epilepsy?

Epilepsy and Types of Seizures

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that is marked by sudden and repeated episodes of loss of consciousness, disturbed sensory input, convulsions or any combination of these.  A seizure is one of the kinds of disruptions that is common in epilepsy and consists of uncontrolled electrical activity in the person’s brain.  This uncontrolled activity can result in physical convulsions or simply uncontrolled thought disturbances.  The kind of seizure that you experience depends a great deal on what kind of treatment you’ll need in order to counter them.

Seizures come in many different types and it takes a trained neurologist to identify them properly. Even so, new discoveries regarding seizures are being made every day.  But when put into a nutshell there are primary generalized seizures and partial seizures.  So what is the cause of these seizures?

Epilepsy is one of the primary causes of seizures, but some can also be caused by head injuries, strokes, tumors or even brain infections.  Sometimes, however, the cause of the seizure is unknown.

Types of Scholarships Available

When it comes to scholarships for seizures, it is necessary to have a condition diagnosed to explain the seizures, for seizures alone are not enough to land you a scholarship.  However, if you do have a diagnosis, there are a number of places that you can start looking for scholarships to help you finance your education.

First, there are condition specific scholarships such as those available for students diagnosed with (and/or under treatment for) epilepsy.  The UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program is a program specifically for those who are suffering from epilepsy or for immediate family members or care givers of those with epilepsy.  They offer several annual scholarships.  More information regarding these scholarships can be found at: UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program.

Other scholarships are available from your individual colleges and universities through their disability scholarships program.  You see, every school has scholarship money put aside for those students with disabilities, and every year it is divided up between those students who can demonstrate the most need for the monies.  While there is rarely a “full ride” scholarship given out for disabilities, it is not uncommon for a percentage of your tuition – sometimes as much as 25% or even 50% to be deducted from your costs.

You can also look into educational money available from the Federal Government.  Being disabled (and having a diagnosis of epilepsy or seizures counts as being disabled) can increase your chances of getting a larger amount of money if you fill out the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) at their website:  www.fafsa.edu.gov.

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