BOCA RATON, FL – The Kelsey B. Diamantis TS Scholarship Family Foundation, Inc., dba Dollars 4 Tic Scholars, a non-profit organization established in 2014 in Boca Raton, has just announced the recipients of its 2018 Tourette Syndrome Scholarships. Dollars 4 Tic Scholars awards college scholarships to students around the U.S. who live with the challenges of Tourette Syndrome. It is among the first non-profit scholarship organizations for students with Tourette. 2018 is Dollars 4 Tic Scholars’ fourth award year, and for the first time this year, the organization has awarded a graduate student scholarship as well as five undergraduate awards.
The six scholarship recipients include:
Dakota Austin Eads of Cape Coral, FL — Recipient of the “2018 Dollars 4 Tic Scholars Tourette Syndrome Graduate Student Scholarship” in the amount of $1,500.00. Dakota is pursuing his Master of Social Work degree at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL, with hopes of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
Rachel Elena Keener of Midlothian, TX — Recipient of the “2018 Dollars 4 Tic Scholars Tourette Syndrome Scholarship Sponsored by the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation” in the amount of $1,000.00. Rachel will be double majoring in Biochemistry and Statistics at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, as a freshman this fall.
Jason Bumbarger Ingerick of Arden, NC — Recipient of the “2018 Dollars 4 Tic Scholars Tourette Syndrome Scholarship Sponsored by The Ochsman Foundation, Inc.” in the amount of $1,000.00. Jason is attending Northeastern University, Boston, MA as a sophomore, and majoring in Chemistry.
Maggie Rose Cincotta of Vista, CA — Recipient of the “2018 Dollars 4 Tic Scholars Tourette Syndrome Scholarship Sponsored by The Ochsman Foundation, Inc.” in the amount of $1,000.00. Maggie will be attending Baylor University, Waco, TX as a freshman, and majoring in Nursing.
Jonah Benjamin Hinds of Oshkosh, WI – Recipient of the “2018 Dollars 4 Tic Scholars Tourette Syndrome Scholarship Sponsored by Order of AHEPA Chapter #487” in the amount of $1,000.00. Jonah is attending the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, WI as a sophomore. His major is Biomedical Engineering.
Jacob Malloy Fleming of Tampa, FL — Recipient of the “2018 Dollars 4 Tic Scholars Tourette Syndrome Scholarship” in the amount of $1,000.00. Jacob will be attending Belmont University in Nashville, TN and majoring in Songwriting.
The Dollars 4 Tic Scholars scholarship program received scholarship applications from students around the country in response to its offering. Essays from the applicants which tell stories about their experience as a person with Tourette Syndrome will be posted to the organization’s website to help others who may be experiencing a life with Tourette.
President Diane Diamantis noted, “Our scholarship applicants were outstanding. From community service to high achievement in academics, these are students that will make a difference in the world in the years to come. It is a rewarding process to hear from young people of such a high caliber who have dealt with Tourette’s or chronic tic disorder since they were youngsters, and have figured out how to keep pursuing their goals despite their disability. We are pleased to be able to award six scholarships this year. We are grateful to the individuals, companies and sponsors who believe in our mission and support our scholarship fund.”
Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by chronic and involuntary motor and vocal tics which may hinder a student’s learning, absorption of material, and focus.
In addition to college scholarships, Dollars 4 Tic Scholars supports younger children ages 7 to 17 by sponsoring two children every summer to attend Tourette Syndrome Summer Camp.
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June 27, 2018