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"The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives."




The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Foundation is announcing that Mr. Nicholas Hemken of Glen Carbon, Illinois, has been awarded the SARA ELIZABETH STUBBLEFIELD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP for Persons with Epilepsy. This scholarship is a $2,000 annual award, payable each year the student is in college, for a total of $8,000. This is significant in that Sara Stubblefield, whom the scholarship honors, served as Program Coordinator for the Southern Illinois Epilepsy Foundation located in Mount Vernon, IL.

Mr. Hemken was selected from a large competitive group of applicants on the basis of his outstanding academic performance in high school, and his admirable life and career goals. The son of Kevin and Jeannie Hemken, Nicholas is a 2020 graduate of Edwardsville High School, where he was on the honor roll and a member of the National Honor Society. Nic was a member of the Edwardsville High School basketball and baseball teams throughout high school, and will use his scholarship money towards attending Truman State University, where he will play baseball while pursuing a degree in computer science, with a goal of becoming a computer forensics investigator.

In addition, the Foundation renewed the scholarship award of Ms. Lindsey Moore of Marshall. IL. Ms. Moore will begin her senior year at Indiana State University, where she is completing a degree in physical therapy, and begins to explore advanced degree programs, while she also serves as an RA . The Foundation renewed the scholarship award of Emma Grace Newell, of Mt. Vernon, IL. Emma will begin her junior year at Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, MO, where she is studying musical theater. The Foundation also renewed the scholarship award of Lucas Sluder, of Tuscola, IL. Mr. Sluder will begin his sophomore year at Illinois State University, with a major in neuroscience