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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 should be a student who has shown courage in dealing with epilepsy and seizure, commitment to her/his education, and perseverance in eliminating the obstacles that epilepsy and seizures may present.
About the Scholarship

The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Memorial Scholarship is a one-year $2,000 award, and will be given to a deserving student who meets the following criteria:

-- Is under a physician’s care for epilepsy (also called seizure disorder)

-- Is a college-bound or a vocational technical school bound high school senior;

-- Lives in the State of Illinois

This scholarship was created to honor Sara’s life and her advocacy to ensure that “not another moment will be lost to seizures.”  Judges will award the scholarship to the student who meets the above criteria and who best fits the scholarship’s vision. 

Submission Deadline 

Applications for the Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Memorial Scholarship must be postmarked no later than April 30 of each calendar year.

Applications shall be submitted in typed form on 8 ½ x 11 paper, printed on only one side of the page, unfolded, and mailed via U.S. Postal Service in a 9 x 12 manila envelope. 

Applications shall be mailed to: 
The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Foundation
Att:  Scholarship Committee
c/o Matthew Flanigan
Black, Hedin, Ballard, McDonald, P.C.
108 S. 9th St.  P.O. Box 4007
Mount Vernon, IL 62864

Download the Scholarship Application


2012 Ms. Jenna Pedersen
2013 Mr. John Shearer
2014 Mr. Sam Michelhaugh
2015 Mr. Alex Houston
2016 Ms. Jessica Young
2017 Ms. Lindsey Moore

The Scholarship is endowed and a $2,000 scholarship will be given every year.
Applications for the 2018 Scholarship are due by April 30, 2018.

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.