New Jersey teens: Are you a high school senior with TS? Yes? Then apply for a scholarship!

The NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) is proud to annouce the 2015 scholarship awards to graduating New Jersey high school seniors diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome.

The NJCTS Children’s Scholarship Program was established in 2004. Over the past 11 years, NJCTS has awarded more than 200 scholarships to graduating high school seniors in every corner of New Jersey. In 2014, 19 students were awarded scholarships by NJCTS.

To view the 2014 winners and other past NJCTS Children’s Scholarship essays,   please click here. A scholarship award recipient must:

  • Download/print out, complete and return the application form by May 1, 2015
  • Be domiciled in the State of New Jersey
  • Be a high school senior in a private, public or home school
  • Be planning to attend a college or trade school on a part-time or full-time basis in Fall 2015 
  • Have a diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome
  • Provide a record of grades from 9th grade to present
  • Provide letters of recommendation from a member(s) of his/her school staff (such as teacher or guidance counselor), coaches (who have known you for four years or less) and/or community people who know you well (church or other community members)
  • Submit an essay of 1 to 2 pages, typed and double spaced, describing how Tourette Syndrome has played a part in your life. You may also submit media (pictures, video, music) displaying your talent(s) no more than 5 minutes in length.

The winners will be selected based upon academic achievement, community involvement and accomplishments as an individual living with this challenging and complex neurological disorder. The amount of the prize, criteria and selection of the winners shall be in the sole discretion of NJCTS, which reserves the right to determine the amount of the award and whether to award it based upon the applications.

Winners will be announced in June following a review of all applications by the NJCTS Children’s Scholarship Committee, they will be notified by mail.

The winner also must agree to having his or her essay published here on the Teens4TS blog; appear in local media publications and on www.njcts.org, if applicable; speaking to local students about Tourette Syndrome, if deemed necessary; and attending meetings with state and federal legislators, if necessary. Winners also may have NJCTS present the scholarship award at their school’s year-end awards assembly/banquet.

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