Purpose and Award
Helping those in the epilepsy community achieve their goals
Outstanding accomplishments deserve recognition. The UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program™ is celebrating 14 years of offering financial support to people living with epilepsy, their family members, and/or caregivers who demonstrate academic and personal excellence.
In 2019, UCB will award 32 one-time scholarships to people living with epilepsy, their family members and caregivers who are pursuing higher education. Thirty scholarships of up to $5,000 each will be awarded to outstanding applicants who demonstrate academic and personal achievement. In addition, two Epilepsy Leader Scholarships of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to outstanding applicants who demonstrate academic and personal achievement as well as a passion for advocacy, service to the epilepsy community and a persevering spirit.
To apply, you must certify that you are:
- A legal resident of the United States
- Diagnosed with epilepsy by a physician or the immediate family member (parent, spouse, child or sibling) and/or caregiver of a person with epilepsy
- Seeking an associate's, undergraduate, or graduate degree or enrolled in a trade school educational program
- A student who demonstrates academic and personal achievement, possesses a strong record of participation in activities outside of school, and serves as a positive role model for others
- Graduating from high school in 2019 or have already graduated from high school
- Enrolled in, or awaiting acceptance from, a United States–based center for higher learning for the fall semester 2019
- Not a previous recipient of the UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program™
- Not an employee of UCB or an immediate family member of a UCB employee. Immediate family members are defined by UCB, Inc. as spouses, domestic partners, children, parents, grandchildren, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, stepchildren, stepsisters and stepbrothers. Additionally, immediate family members of healthcare professionals who directly or indirectly influence the prescribing of epilepsy medications are not eligible to apply.
The Selection of Recipients and Determination of the Scholarship Amount
A panel of medical professionals specializing in neurology and patient advocates from across the country chosen by UCB will select the scholarship recipients. Use of UCB products is not considered and does not increase your chances of winning. After each winner's educational enrollment has been verified for the fall 2019 semester, the scholarship check will be made payable to and mailed directly to each winner's educational institution in July 2019. Scholarship awards may be used to cover the recipient's tuition and/or educational materials expenses. However, if a recipient does not have a minimum of $5,000 ($10,000 for the Epilepsy Leader recipients) in educational expenses owed for his/her schooling, the scholarship 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 no longer be eligible for the scholarship.
To apply, please log in and submit a completed application and all required supporting documents listed below by no later than Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
- 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 or, if the applicant is a family member or caregiver, a member of the patient'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 and how the scholarship will benefit him/her. The essay should include any: (i) academic achievements; (ii) community service activities and/or advocacy efforts; (iii) examples of how the applicant has positively contributed to the epilepsy community or plans to do so in the future; and (iv) how epilepsy has impacted the applicant's life, either as a person living with epilepsy or as a family member/caregiver to a person living with epilepsy.
- 3 letters of recommendation (Please note that you are not required to have a letter from someone in each category listed below as long as you submit three letters. Please reference the FAQ for additional information.)
- School official’s recommendation letter
- Community member’s recommendation letter
- Healthcare team member’s recommendation letter
- Medical history form for the person living with epilepsy
- A copy of the applicant’s most recent academic transcript
- Applicants 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 created the UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program™ in 2005 as part of its ongoing commitment to provide unique programs and resources that support the epilepsy community. This year, UCB is celebrating 14 years of the scholarship program. UCB has awarded over $2.2 million in scholarships to nearly 450 deserving people. Please visit the video library to see highlights of the first 10 years and to hear from previous winners.