Frequently Asked Questions
- Where do I mail transcripts, recommendation letters, and other components
of my application?
UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program
c/o Summit Medical Communications
1421 E. Broad Street, Suite 340
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
- If I am providing an artistic presentation, is an essay still mandatory?
Answer: Yes, the essay is a mandatory part of the application.
Artistic presentations, which are optional, may include CDs, PowerPoint presentations,
sketches, paintings, writing samples (e.g., poetry or short stories, etc.), or a
scrapbook. Electronic files may be uploaded on the "My Essay" tab. Please note these
items will not be returned.
- What are the definitions of a:
- School official
Answer: A school official is any employee of the school in which
you are enrolled; this includes, but is not limited to, teachers, special-interest
group instructors, or coaches.
- Community member
Answer: A community member is someone whom the applicant knows
well, such as an athletic instructor or coach, or a member of a community special-interest
group, such as the Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts, Rotary Club, etc.
- Healthcare team member
Answer: A healthcare team member includes physicians, nurse practitioners,
physician assistants, or any certified practitioner who is directly involved in
the medical care of the patient with epilepsy. If the applicant is a family member
and/or caregiver of someone with epilepsy, this section should be completed by the
healthcare team member that cares for the patient with epilepsy.
- What if the healthcare team member does not know me well enough to provide
Answer: After the doctor treating the person with epilepsy fills
out all associated medical questions and history, the applicant should seek out
an additional recommendation from an alternate source. The application will only
be considered complete when three letters of recommendation are received.
- I have been out of high school for a while. Do I still need to have a teacher
write me a letter of recommendation? Do I still need an official transcript?
Answer: If you have been out of school for a long time, you may alternatively
obtain a letter of recommendation from a co-worker, manager, community member, etc.
- Official Transcripts
Answer: To be considered complete, applications must submit an
official transcript from the academic institution you are currently attending or
last attended. Official transcripts are to be submitted by mail to the UCB Family Epilepsy
Scholarship Program address.
- If I’m in college, do I still need to send my high school transcript?
Answer: If you are in college, you must obtain an official transcript
from your college. You may also supplement your application by including your high
school transcript as well if you would like.
- I wanted to have my doctor write a recommendation for me, but he or she is traveling. Can I have them submit it when they return?
Answer: In order to be considered complete, all applications must
include a letter of recommendation postmarked by the application due date of Wednesday, May 29, 2013.
Recommendations postmarked after this date will not be accepted.
- What if my recommendations (community member, physician) are submitted late? Will I still be considered?
Answer: All components of the application must be postmarked by
the due date of Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Unfortunately, if one component of the application
arrives after the due date, the application cannot be considered.
- Can I submit an application on behalf of a family member (e.g., daughter, grandson, father)?
Answer: No, the applicant of the scholarship must be the person
to submit the application in order to be considered for a scholarship.
- I am currently taking courses part-time toward my degree. Am I still eligible for the scholarship?
Answer: Yes, persons with epilepsy and family members and/or caregivers
of persons with epilepsy are eligible for consideration as long as they are working
toward a degree in an institute of higher learning.
- Can I send in components separately?
Answer: Components may be uploaded online, or mailed separately;
however, all components must be postmarked by the deadline of Wednesday, May 29, 2013,
for the application to be considered complete. Please be sure any pieces submitted
by mail include the applicant’s contact information (e.g., name, address, phone number)
so we can match all application components.
- Do I have to include a Medical History Form if I am not the patient?
Answer: The medical history form of the person with epilepsy is
required. Full medical history reports are accepted, however the form is preferred.
If you are not the patient, the form of the person with epilepsy is still required.
- When and how will I be notified about scholarship winners?
Answer: All applicants who submitted completed applications by
the deadline will be notified of their status in August 2013.
Please be sure to provide your correct mobile number, email address, and mailing
- Who qualifies as a family member?
Answer: A family member is any immediate family member (parent, spouse, child or sibling). Cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. may only be
considered immediate family members if they are living in the same household as the person
- What if I used to have epilepsy but it has been under control?
Answer: All persons who have had a diagnosis of epilepsy are eligible
- What can the scholarship be used for?
Answer: The scholarship can be applied toward tuition, fees, and books.
- How do I check on the status of my application?
- I am a high school senior and I do not yet know where I am attending college.
- You may include a list of the schools applied to in order of preference.
- You may write "TBD."
- If I am not taking a UCB product, am I still eligible to apply?
- Use of UCB products does not increase your chances of winning.
- Anyone who has a diagnosis of epilepsy is an
- Is there a minimum GPA required?
- No minimum GPA is required. Scholarships are
awarded based on a number of criteria, such as community involvement, participation
in increasing awareness of epilepsy in their community, and how the applicant has
positively dealt with epilepsy as a part of their life.
- I applied last year and did not win. Can I apply again?
Answer: Yes, applicants from previous years
who did not win a scholarship may apply again. However, previous scholarship winners
are not eligible to be considered again.