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Sara Stubblefield Scholarship Awarded

The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Foundation has announced that Mr. Sam Michelhaugh of Freeport, Illinois, has been awarded the SARA ELIZABETH STUBBLEFIELD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP for Persons with Epilepsy.  This scholarship is a $2,000 award.

Mr. Michelhaugh, a 2014 graduate of Freeport High School, will attend the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he will study pre-med, after which he plans to attend medical school with the goal of becoming a neurologist. 

Sam Michelhaugh

In information provided by Matthew Flanigan, Secretary of the Foundation, Mr. Michelhaugh was selected from a large group of applicants on the basis of his outstanding academic performance in high school, where he was president of the National Honor Society.  He also was president of his school’s foreign language and international club and captain of his school’s golf team.

The Foundation renewed the scholarship award of Ms. Jenna Pedersen of St. Charles, Illinois.  Ms. Pedersen received the scholarship award in 2012 and 2013, and will continue her education at Illinois State University, where she is majoring in special education. The Foundation also renewed the scholarship of last year’s winner, Mr. John Shearer of Gurnee, Illinois.  Mr. Shearer will continue his education at Carthage College, where he is majoring in marketing.

Flanigan pointed out that the assets of the Foundation permitted funding both Ms. Pedersen for a third year, and Mr. Shearer for a second year.  It is hoped that in addition to selecting an academic winner each year, the Foundation will be able to continue funding previous years’ winners for the 4 years of their undergraduate education.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation, and is funded by donations from the general public.

The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Memorial Scholarship Foundation awards a $2,000 scholarship every year to a deserving student who is living with epilepsy.  Students should consult their local guidance counselors.  Next year’s applications are due at the end of April 2015. 


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