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Making the Turn Against Parkinson's
$2,500 Scholarship Award

The goal of our scholarship program is not just to find one deserving student, but rather to enagage a group of young adults in a way that motivates them to develop a better understanding of what it means to live with Parkinson's disease.  

Our hope is that by participating in this scholarship process, candidates become more inclined to take an active role in the fight against Parkinson's now and in their future careers.

 
2017 SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
 
Dates to Remember

October 3, 2016
- Application and award requirements posted.

March 1, 2017
- All submissions are due (no extensions granted).

 
May 15, 2017
- All candidates will be notified of the Committee's decision.

 

Application and Award Requirements
  • Award Requirements and Criteria   (PDF)

Eligibility Requirements
  • Michigan residents only.
  • Relative of a patient (living or deceased) diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
  • Currently enrolled or accepted to an institution of higher learning.
  • Past recipients of the $2,500 award are not eligible.
  • Relatives of Making the Turn officers, board members, or committee members are not eligible.

Evaluation Process
  • All submissions will be graded against a rubric established by the Scholarship Committee.
  • Personal indentifying information will be redacted as much as practically possible prior to review by the Scholarship Committee.
  • Up to three $1,000 honorable mention scholarships may be awarded at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.

 
Lisa Hanna with father Chris                   after receiving her $2,500 scholarship award.
Lisa Hanna with father Chris after receiving her $2,500 scholarship award.
2016 SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

In May 2016, Making the Turn Against Parkinson's announced the first recipient of its $2,500 scholarship award.  Ms. Lisa Hanna wrote an impassioned essay about her father and how her family copes with Parkinson's through humor and by striving to find a "new normal", accepting what is possible today without dwelling on what may have been possible in the past.

Lisa, a recent graduate of Michigan State University, will use her $2,500 award towards graduate school at Des Moines University where she will study to become a Physician Assistant.  Lisa will focus on Neurology in her clinical rotations and hopes to assist her future patients with chronic diseases in finding their own "new normal".  Congratulations Lisa!

 
2016 HONORABLE MENTION AWARD WINNERS

The Scholarship Committee awarded three additional $500 Honorable Mention scholarships to these candidates deserving recognition:


 
Joey Costello with family after receiving his scholarship award.
Joey Costello with family after receiving his scholarship award.


 
         Joey Costello
             of Ann Arbor

 
Bryce Kelley with father Ryan after receiving his scholarship award.
Bryce Kelley with father Ryan after receiving his scholarship award.




     Bryce Kelley
of Rockford


 
Daniel Pillivant with father Scott after receiving his scholarship award.
Daniel Pillivant with father Scott after receiving his scholarship award.



        Daniel Pillivant
            of Lake Orion