Moebius Syndrome Foundation Educational Scholarship Program
In 2023, the Moebius Syndrome Foundation will award up to five educational scholarships of $3,000 each to individuals who have Moebius syndrome and will be attending an undergraduate college/university/ post-secondary, vocational or technical school. Three scholarships will be awarded to undergraduates, and up to two scholarships will be available for those attending a post-graduate university.
Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted into a school for the next open term to be eligible. Applicants must also reside in the United States or Canada to apply.
The enrollment period is now closed. Scholarship awardees will be announced on May 23, 2o23.
Congratulations to the 2022 Moebius Educational Scholarship Recipients!
Elizabeth Lawrence will be attending Arkansas Tech University.
Charlie McCants will be attending Augsburg University.
Harrison Plessinger will be attending Ohio State University.
Matthew Galen Shiver will be attending Howard Community College.
“This opportunity is extraordinary and just amazing. I am full of gratitude for this opportunity this allows me, this will allow me to be able to go to college, and be able to pursue my dreams, and stand and just meet my goals. I am extremely thankful that I will be able to go forward having this support.” ~Harrison Plessinger, 2022 Scholarship Recipient
“I feel so honored to be recognized as someone who has Moebius syndrome and who can succeed. No matter what obstacles you’re born with or come your way, you are still capable of anything you want to do.” ~Elizabeth Lawrence, 2022 Scholarship Recipient
“My future is bursting with unimaginable possibilities, and this scholarship will be enormously valuable in helping me step into new and fantastic experiences!” ~Matthew Galen Shiver, 2022 Scholarship Recipient
“This scholarship means a lot to me because I want to become a great writer. Augsburg has been helping me expand my writing and I have learned many new skills.” ~Charlie McCants, 2022 Scholarship Recipient
Congratulations to the 2021 Moebius Educational Scholarship Recipients!
Kaitlyn Greenberg will be attending Rutgers University.
Ben Nash will be attending Eckerd College.
Amanda Weber will be attending Xavier University.
Gustavo Gomez will be attending Sacred Heart University.
Congratulations to each of the awardees!
“This scholarship has gotten me another step closer to my dreams without letting financial problems deter me. I’m so grateful for everything the Foundation does!” ~Austin Halls, 2020 scholarship recipient
Congratulations to the 2020 Moebius Educational Scholarship Recipients!
Valerie Garcia will be attending Bob Jones University.
Zamani Green will be attending Bellevue University.
Austin Halls will be attending Montclair State University.
Savannah Long will be attending Heidelberg University.
Jessica Maher will be attending Pasco Hernando State College.
Reagen Miller will be attending Dakota State University.
Congratulations on your hard work! Well done!
“The MSF scholarship is helping me accomplish my dreams. It is a much needed support through these difficult times that is allowing me to continue my education. I’m so thankful to the Foundation and the board that selected me as a recipient!” ~Valerie Garcia, 2020 scholarship recipient
Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2019 Moebius Educational Scholarship!
Kelly Mercier has been awarded a scholarship and will be attending graduate school at the University of Kentucky.
Alli Johnson has been awarded a scholarship and will be attending graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Heaven Cranford has been awarded a scholarship and will be studying at Baylor University.
Ian Linn has been awarded a scholarship and will be attending Oberlin College.
Jessica Maher has been awarded a scholarship and will be attending Pasco-Hernando State College.
Zayne Herron has been awarded a scholarship and will be attending Oklahoma State University.
Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2018 Moebius Educational Scholarship!
Michael Gonzalez of Bridgeview, IL, is a freshman at Northern Illinois University majoring in Rehabilitation Services/Rehabilitation Counseling. Michael is an Eagle Scout, is a member of the NIU Huskie Marching Band, and volunteers through the Boy Scouts of America, Feeding my Starving Children. He works part-time at Coldstone Creamery, is a member of the National Honor Society and is a car enthusiast. Per Michael’s essay, ‘I want to be able to help people get through their obstacles in life, just like the doctors and nurses did for me. I want to be there for other people. They said I couldn’t, so I did.’
Audrey Kellar of Proctor, MN, will attend Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, majoring in Astrophysics. She is on her high school A Honor Roll, received the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence, is the Treasurer for her high school National Honors Society and received an English Academic Achievement Award. She volunteers at Kids Zone at the Lake Superior Ice Festival, and her hobbies are singing, reading and painting. Audrey had surgery every 6 to 8 months until she was 12 years old due to scoliosis and knows that having Moebius syndrome and scoliosis has done nothing to hinder her brain. She is in the top 20% of her class and ‘is learning to love her Moebius while realizing it’s something she doesn’t need to dwell on.’
Audrene Raynor of Pompano Beach, FL, will attend Broward College in Coconut Creek, FL, majoring in Social Work. She is on the A Honor Roll, volunteered for her school garden cleanup, waterway clean up, Women in Distress Walkathon and school/community clean up. Her hobbies include writing poems & stories, singing, dancing and volunteering. Audrene states: ‘I am motivated, determined and meant for greatness. I turned pain into my motivation, turned negative taking into my determination, and now I want to turn myself towards others and help them.’
Zamani Green of Norfolk, NE, will attend Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE, majoring in Behavioral Science/Psychology. His goal is to be a therapist for veterans or children at Shriners Hospitals. He is a Peer Leader of Sources of Strength, was student of the month, helps prepare veteran graves for the American Legion prior to Memorial Day, and prepares and serves food at the Salvation Army. Zamani works at Hugo’s Grocery Store and the Veteran’s Concession Stand for the Sons of the American Legion. His hobbies are boxing and playing Xbox where he enjoys meeting players from all over the world. Zamani started a program at his high school to bring students together during lunch time who usually always ate alone. According to Zamani: ‘Some say that my life has been unfair, unforgiving and ruthless, but I respond that these challenges and opportunities have made me a stronger person.’
Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2017 Moebius Educational Scholarship!
Brianna Kelley of Lawrenceville, GA, will attend the University of Iowa where she will pursue her doctorate in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Brianna is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key International Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Lambda, and Phi Theta Kappa. She tutors at risk students in math and science, speaks to students about having a disability, and is a member of the Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee. In her essay, Brianna says, ‘I have never let Moebius syndrome or doctors define who I am and what I can accomplish. I had cochlear implant surgery and my goal is to improve speech production and quality of life for all individuals living with hearing impairment.’
Mike Gonzalez of Bridgeview, IL, will attend Northern Illinois University majoring in Rehabilitation Services. Mike worked hard to attain the rank of Eagle Scout and is an Argo Ambassador helping students with special needs in his high school. He is in the marching and jazz bands, on the varsity bowling and tennis teams, and is a member of National Honor Society. Mike states in his essay, ‘Growing up, I had to have many surgeries on my feet to be able to walk. . . to fix my clubbed feet. I never let my ‘disability’ take the best of me and always fought through to earn what I deserved. I want to be able to help people get through their obstacles in life just like those doctors and nurses did for me. I want to be there for other people.’
Dominque Piotrowski of Fairport Harbor, OH, will attend Lake Erie College where she will major in Equine Therapy. She is on her high school honor roll, merit roll, was named Student of the Year, and mentors children with disabilities at her church’s Camp Koinonia in the horse riding program. She has gone through 10 procedures to improve her quality of life and is an advocate for the Many Faces of Moebius. Dominque volunteers for the Cancer Relay for Life in honor of family members. In her essay Dominque states, ‘Constant bullying at school and teachers telling me I could not accomplish the goals I set, kids teasing me and defending others with disabilities made me stronger. After getting my Bachelor’s in Equine I will continue my education in youth ministry and will own and operate a horse ranch/camp using riding skill sets to improve people from all walks of life.’
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