Released 6/22/16 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 2016 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, 2016 is its second award year.
The five scholarships and recipients include:
- Rachel Irene Retchless of Camas, WA – Recipient of the “2016 Dollars 4 Tic Scholars Tourette Syndrome Scholarship Sponsored by the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation” in the amount of $1000. Rachel graduated from Camas High School and will be attending Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA in the fall as a freshman. Her major will be Biology with a minor in Psychology.
- Joshua Brayden Green of Mt. Juliet, TN – Recipient of the “2016 Dollars 4 Tic Scholars Tourette Syndrome Scholarship Sponsored by Order of AHEPA Chapter #487” in the amount of $1,000.00. Joshua is a graduate of Mt. Juliet High School. He will be attending Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN as a freshman this fall with a major in Graphic Design and a minor in Praise & Worship Arts.
- Jakob Charles Rose of Solon, OH – Recipient of the “2016 Dollars 4 Tic Scholars Tourette Syndrome Scholarship Sponsored by Tropicalboat Charters, Inc.” in the amount of $1,000.00. Charlie graduated from Solon High School. He will attend Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH in the fall as a freshman, and will be majoring in Animation.
- Hannah Elizabeth Rusinko of North Huntingdon, PA – Recipient of the “2016 Dollars 4 Tic Scholars Tourette Syndrome Scholarship” in the amount of $1,000.00. Hannah is a graduate of Norwin High School in North Huntingdon, PA. She will be attending Denison University, Granville, OH as a freshman this fall with a major in Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience.
- Malik Antwan Jackson of South Boston, VA – Recipient of the “2016 Dollars 4 Tic Scholars Tourette Syndrome Scholarship” in the amount of $1,000.00. Malik is a graduate of Halifax County High School, South Boston, VA. He will be attending Longwood University, Farmville, VA as a freshman this fall with a major in Graphic Design & Animation with a minor in Creative Writing.
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 are posted to the organization’s website. President Diane Diamantis noted, “In our second year this year, we are thankful for the support we have generated from companies and individuals to support these scholars. As the members of our Selection Committee can attest, we are impressed with our candidates and recipients and their determination to be involved in their communities and to go to college and further their education. We are pleased to be able to assist these students who may experience added costs of going to college because of their disability. We hope to continue to grow and help lighten the burden for even more deserving students who are moving forward toward their goals despite their vocal and motor tics caused by Tourette Syndrome that may interfere with focus, learning, and social interaction.”
Dollars 4 Tic Scholars may be reached at 561-487-9526, at https://www.dollars4ticscholars.org, on Facebook at “Dollars4TicScholars”, on Twitter at @Dol4TicScholars or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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