Program Information and History

Purpose and Award

Helping those in the epilepsy community achieve their goals

Outstanding accomplishments deserve recognition. The UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship ProgramTM is celebrating 10 years of offering financial support to people living with epilepsy, their family members, and/or caregivers who demonstrate academic and personal excellence.

In 2014, UCB will offer 30 one-time scholarships of up to $5,000.

Eligibility Requirements

To apply, you must certify that you are:
  1. A legal resident of the United States
  2. A person living with epilepsy or a family member/caregiver of a person living with epilepsy
  3. Seeking an associate's, undergraduate, or graduate degree or enrolled in a trade school educational program
  4. A student who demonstrates achievement, possesses a strong record of participation in activities outside of school, and serves as a positive role model
  5. Graduating from high school in 2014 or have already graduated from high school
  6. Enrolled in, or awaiting acceptance from, a United States–based center for higher learning for fall semester 2014
  7. Not a previous recipient of the UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship ProgramTM
The Selection of Recipients and Determination of the Scholarship Amount

Employees of UCB and their immediate family members are not eligible for this scholarship. Additionally, immediate family members of healthcare professionals who directly or indirectly influence the prescribing of epilepsy medications are not eligible to apply. Use of UCB products is not considered and does not increase your chances of winning. Selection of recipients will be at the sole discretion of the judges chosen by UCB. A panel of medical professionals and patient advocates from across the country will select the scholarship recipients. After a winner's educational enrollment has been verified for the fall 2014 semester, the scholarship check will be made payable and mailed directly to the educational institution in July 2014. Scholarship amounts will be up to $5,000 to cover the recipient's tuition and/or educational materials expenses. However, if a student does not have a minimum of $5,000 in educational expenses owed for his/her schooling, the scholarship amount will only cover the remaining amount. If upon contacting an applicant UCB learns he/she does not have any remaining costs owed to the academic institution, he/she will not longer be eligible for the scholarship.


To apply, please log in and submit a complete application and all required supporting documents listed below by no later than Monday, May 12, 2014.

  • Sections of the application will need to be completed by the applicant, a parent/guardian
    (if the applicant is under 18), a school official, a member of the community, and a member of the applicant’s healthcare team.
  • Selection will be based on the following criteria, which must be included:
    • A one-page essay authored by the applicant explaining why the applicant should be selected for the scholarship (e.g., outstanding awards or community involvement), how epilepsy has impacted the applicant’s life, either as a person living with epilepsy or as a family member/caregiver, and how the scholarship will benefit the applicant.
    • 3 letters of recommendation (please reference the FAQ for recommendation letter requirements)
      • School official’s recommendation letter
      • Community member’s recommendation letter
      • Healthcare team member’s recommendation letter
    • A copy of the applicant’s academic transcript
    • A nonreturnable photograph of the applicant:
      • Photo size must be at least 4" x 6"
      • Photo must be a portrait of the applicant alone
      • Graduations photos and headshots are recommended
  • Students pursuing degrees in the arts are welcome to include an artistic presentation. This is an optional item.
  • Additional pages can be attached to the application if more space is needed for responses.
History of the UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program

UCB is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the scholarship program in 2014. Since 2005, UCB has awarded $1,400,000 to more than 275 deserving people!

What would a scholarship mean to you?

Previous scholarship winners have put their awards toward both undergraduate and graduate degrees, and have gone on to accomplish great things. If you ever wonder what’s possible, consider Philip, a scholarship winner from 2005:

"When I was younger, my seizures left me almost completely unable to speak. Even after my seizures became more controlled, I was quiet and shy. Today, not only do I speak, but I am hopeful that my actions are inspiring to others to achieve their dreams.

Since receiving my UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship in 2005, and attending Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, I’ve accepted an offer at a leading global security company. I am using my computer engineering skills to help our armed forces keep us safe, and my leadership skills to help eliminate the stigma so often associated with epilepsy."
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