BOCA RATON, Fla., June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kelsey B. Diamantis TS Scholarship Family Foundation, Inc., dba Dollars 4 Tic Scholars, a non-profit organization established in 2014, has announced the recipients of its 2017 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. 2017 is the organization's third award year.
The five scholarship recipients include:
- Jared Allen Termini of Iowa City, Iowa -- Recipient of the "2017 Dollars 4 Tic Scholars Tourette Syndrome Scholarship" in the amount of $1,000.00. Jared will be majoring in Astrophysics or Aerospace Engineering/Robotics at the University of Iowa.
- Annie Pauline Wyrick of Bayfield, Colorado -- Recipient of the "2017 Dollars 4 Tic Scholars Tourette Syndrome Scholarship" in the amount of $1,000.00. Annie will be attending University of Colorado at Boulder majoring in Aerospace Engineering.
- Mason Christopher Taylor of Cincinnati, Ohio -- Recipient of the "2017 Dollars 4 Tic Scholars Tourette Syndrome Scholarship" in the amount of $1,000.00. Mason will be attending Belmont University in Nashville, TN and majoring in Commercial Music with a focus on Mandolin.
- Thomas Licato of South Plainfield, New Jersey -- Recipient of the "2017 Dollars 4 Tic Scholars Tourette Syndrome Scholarship Sponsored by the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation" in the amount of $1,000.00. Thomas will be attending Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and majoring in Music Therapy.
- Jason Bumbarger Ingerick of Arden, North Carolina - Recipient of the "2017 Dollars 4 Tic Scholars Tourette Syndrome Scholarship Sponsored by Order of AHEPA Chapter #487" in the amount of $1,000.00. Jason will be attending Northeastern University in Boston, MA. His major will be Chemistry with a minor in Entrepreneurism.
Essays from the applicants which tell stories about their experience as a person with Tourette Syndrome are posted to the organization's website to help others who may be experiencing a life with Tourette's.
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 five 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.
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