Scholarship Program

The Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central Pennsylvania has offered a scholarship program since 2001. Thanks to the generosity of private and corporate donations, the program has grown from five $1,000 scholarships to eight scholarships totaling $10,000.

To be eligible for the EFWCP Scholarship, a person must: have a diagnosis of epilepsy/seizure disorder, provide proof of acceptance to a post-secondary academic or vocational program, be a recent high school graduate, attend school full-time, and be a legal resident of western/central Pennsylvania. If you are interested in applying for next year’s scholarship program, contact the EFWCP in the fall of 2016.

2016 Scholarship Recipients

The Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central Pennsylvania congratulates the recipients of this year’s annual college scholarship program. Eight outstanding high school seniors, all of whom are faced with a seizure disorder or epilepsy, each received a scholarship to further their education. Winners were selected based on several factors, including their ability to maintain a positive academic grade average and overcome adversity.

Gianna Donate

Gianna Donate (Cambria County) Gianna is the recipient of the $2,500 Paige Holland Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to the applicant with the highest overall score. She graduated from Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown and plans on attending Seton Hill University with a major in Forensic Science.

Gwenhwyvar Soergel

Gwenhwyvar Soergel (Allegheny County) Gwen graduated from Agora Cyber School Charter School and has plans to attend Community College of Allegheny County majoring in American Sign Language/Interpreting. Gwen is the recipient of the $1,500 Rohr Golden Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to the applicant with the second highest overall score.

Jacob Dittrich

Jacob Dittrich (Allegheny County) Jacob graduated from Pioneer School in Pittsburgh. He is receiving this year’s $1,000 UPMC Center for Inclusion at UPMC Award. Jacob is planning on attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh to major in Game Design.

Vincent Mroz

Vincent Mroz (Allegheny County) Vinnie has been awarded the EFWCP’s Julie McCormick Memorial Scholarship. Vinnie graduated from Woodland Hills, and plans to attend Allegheny County Community College before transferring to Geneva College with a major in ministry.

Philip Kerber

Philip Kerber (Westmoreland County) Philip graduated from Norwin High School and will attend California University majoring in Speech Pathology/Education. He is the recipient of the $1,000 EFWCP’s Celeste Katherine DeFrank Memorial Scholarship.

Cerridwen McCann

Cerridwen McCann (Allegheny County) Cerridwen is receiving a $1,000 EFWCP Scholarship. She graduated from Gateway High School in Monroeville and will be attending the University of Pittsburgh in Greensburg with a major in Creative Writing.

Scott Mullen

Scott Mullen (Allegheny County) Scott graduated from Hampton High School in Allison Park, PA. His plans are to attend Kettering University with a major in Mechanical Engineering. He has been awarded a $1,000 EFWCP Scholarship.

Kassidy Steffey

Kassidy Steffey (Centre County) Kassidy graduated from Bald Eagle Area Junior/Senior High School in Wingate, PA. She plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University majoring in Cartooning and Communication Art. She is receiving a $1,000 EFWCP Scholarship.

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