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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."


Sara Stubblefield Scholarship

Sara Stubblefield
Sara Stubblefield

The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Scholarship Foundation

The family and friends of Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield have established a foundation* for the purpose of creating and awarding a scholarship in memory of Sara.  She developed epilepsy as a high school junior, was valedictorian of her graduating class and was a 1996 honors graduate of Greenville College.  She received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Washington University in 1998 and earned the designation of Licensed Clinical Social Worker. 

Sara was a fearless advocate for epilepsy education and research.  She dedicated her life to making a difference for better care and treatment for people living with epilepsy.  She had served for ten years as the Epilepsy Services Coordinator of the Epilepsy Foundation of Southern Illinois and was participating in the Epilepsy Foundation of America’s annual Public Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. at the time of her unexpected death in March 2011 at 36 years of age.

Sara accepted her condition with grace, recognized the limits of her physical abilities, but never allowed her condition to define her existence.

*Note:  The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Foundation is a not for profit corporation organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Memorial Scholarship
                (for persons with epilepsy)

Vision: The recipient of the Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Memorial Scholarship will be a student living with epilepsy and seizures, who exhibits a strong commitment to her/his education and perseverance in eliminating the obstacles epilepsy and seizures may present.

The applicant must be a college-bound or career/technical school-bound high school senior residing in the state of Illinois. He/she must have epilepsy/seizure disorder and be under a physician’s care.

The scholarship is a $2,000 award per academic year, renewable for up to four (4) years, provided the recipient remains a student in good standing.

The scholarship was established in memory of Sara Stubblefield, who passed away from Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) in 2011 at the age of 36. Sara was a passionate advocate for others with epilepsy in both her life and career, earning a Masters in Social Work and working for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois for ten years prior to her death.

The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Memorial Scholarship is funded by the Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Memorial Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable foundation.

All information provided in this application is confidential and will be used solely for determination of scholarship award.

The application deadline for the 2023 scholarship is April 30, 2024.

Please direct all questions about this scholarship to Jennifer Stubblefield Lobenhofer at

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2012 Ms. Jenna Pedersen
2013 Mr. John Shearer
2014 Mr. Sam Michelhaugh
2015 Mr. Alex Houston
2016 Ms. Jessica Young
2017 Ms. Lindsey Moore
2018 Ms. Emma Newell
2019 Mr. Lucas Sluder
2020 Mr. Nicholas Hemken
2021 Ms. Anu Patel
2022 Mr. Devin Mulcrone
2023 Mr. Aleksander Trojanowski

The Scholarship is endowed and a $2,000 scholarship will be given every year.

Information about the recipient selection process:

The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Memorial Scholarship recipient will be selected by a committee of at least 5 reviewers using a point system.  Applicants will be judged on various merits, including:  how well the applicant meets the scholarship’s vision, essays, letters of recommendation, academic merit, achievement and/or community service, and financial need.