2014 Terrill Scholar: Kayla Meyer
2014 Terrill Scholar: Kayla Meyer
To support higher education for a high school senior affected by neurologic diseases/brain injury through tuition to an institute for advanced learning.
To suppport advanced education to military personnel who have sustained a brain injury.
To promote activities that increase awareness of the Foundation.
To raise funds that will provide scholarships to qualifying students.
To seek partners that support the mission of the Foundation.
Scholarships dedicated to students with neurologic injuries and diseases are rare and difficult to find. At the Terrill Foundation, we provide assistance to high school seniors throughout the 50 states, who are affected by brain injuries, brain tumors and other neurologic diseases. Beginning in 2009, high school seniors whose lives were changed by disease and injury have received assistance to further their educational goals at universities and technical schools.
Each year, 1.7 million Americans sustain a brain injury; 180,000 people are diagnosed and treated for brain tumors; 1/3 of the combined numbers are teenagers. Medical advances make it possible for these young men and women to not only survive, but to lead valuable and fulfilling lives.
In 2013, we began accepting supplications to support advanced education to military personnel who have sustained a brain injury. To qualify for this support, you do not have to be a full time student; you may use the funding to take just one class. Traumatic brain injury is the signature wound of the recent wars. The Terrill Foundation honors the service of these men and women by funding this scholarship.
The Foundation honors Terrill Mast, PhD, who died of a brain tumor after living seven years with the affects of a brain injury. Terry devoted his entire career to educating in a way that encouraged others to reach their goals regardless of their struggles. He inspired all who knew him with his deep intellect, his integrity and his love of learning.
Scholarships will be awarded annually in May with funds going directly to the educational institution before the fall semester.
Lucas SelmanWe are pleased to announce that Lucas Selman is the 2016 Terrill Scholar. Lucas is a recent graduate of Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, AZ. During a soccer game, he was hit by a striker’s elbow, which resulted in the need for surgery to evacuate a 3 inch Epidural Hematoma from the right side of his head. Lucas believes that by chasing the long shots he is not defined by his head injury, but rather by “my aptitude for living through the unluckiness, my determination to beat the odds and my strength to stand back up.” Lucas will attend Arizona State University and pursue a degree in Industrial Engineering. With the drive and determination shown so far, the Terrill Foundation looks forward to the future leadership Lucas will surely bring to his chosen career.
Connor KurzConnor, a recent graduate of Cardinal Gibbons in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl will pursue a degree in Wildlife Biology. Connor’s family was in a car crash and all were injured but Connor received the most severe injury. He was nine years old. He relearned to walk, talk, read, eat and write. He now knows that he is able to accomplish anything he sets his mind to. His interest in wildlife biology has led him to internships at the Bridger Teton National Forest where he was part of the Youth Conservation Corps. “The diligence in my recovery and academic achievement is a testament to my future success. The accident has taught me how precious life is and to never take it for granted” Connor said.
Evan SolomonidesEvan Solomonides is a recent graduate of the MA Academy of Math and Science in Worcester, MA. He will attend Cornell University and study astrophysics and evolutionary biology. Evan was injured in a car crash his junior year in high school. His recovery was a testament to his determination and motivation to repay his family and all those who supported them during his recovery by succeeding and accomplishing the goals he had set for the future. Evan has been active in Model UN and in science and technology fairs, inventing an assistive technology chair for a young girl affected by microcephaly. “I have shown my community and all of the people I have contact with, that people with a brain injury can still fulfill their goals and accomplish things they care about” Evan said
The intent of the scholarship is to provide not only funding but encouragement to the recipient. While grades need not be a determining factor, there must be a capacity for success in the student’s chosen field. The recipient should show the same type of perseverance that Terry showed in continuing the work he loved in spite of his prognosis and progressive disabilities.
All application materials must be submitted and post marked no later than March 15. Failure to submit all materials will be reason for disqualification.
The Terrill Foundation, Inc is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.
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