Tremor Gram – August 2015

Fall Scholarship Recipients
Karissa-Hartzell-for-webThe IETF is pleased to award four students who are affected by ET with $500 scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year: Tyler Criswell from Altoona, Ala.; Karissa Hartzell from Andover, Ohio; Katie Merrill from Arvada, Colo.; and Hannah Spence from Colchester, Vt. Read more about their stories here.

The IETF needs additional generous donors to continue the scholarship program. Executive Director Catherine S. Rice will retire in September 2015 after 18 years of leadership. To honor her dedication, the IETF Board of Directors have established the Catherine S. Rice Scholarship Fund in her honor. With your support, we can help the many qualified and deserving applicants to finance some of their educational expenses.

This fund will be used to award four scholarships to deserving students in the upcoming fall and winter semesters. For anyone wishing to recognize the dedication of Cathy or to support the program, please visit


New HandSteady Drinking Cup
introducing-handsteadyHandSteady is a unique cup with a rotatable handle that makes drinking easier by reducing spills and increasing control and comfort. The cup stays upright and steady using gravity, enabling the user to hold the handle in comfortable and stable positions. The cup can then be tilted by pivoting it with the mouth, the thumb or the other hand.

HandSteady comes with a hidden lid that has a drink and straw hole. It’s available from and from a growing number of retailers. For more information visit


Give at Work through the Combined Federal Campaign
CFC_CFC-not 50In 2014, the Office of Personnel Management announced Universal Giving, a program which gives donors the ability to make a pledge to any of the 24,000+ charities (including the IETF) that participate in the 151 CFC regions through their workplace.

From August to October, donors can search for the IETF through an online list of all charities that meet the standard for inclusion on the Universal Giving list. You can make a pledge by entering the IETF’s five-digit code: 21529 on your local campaign region’s pledge form or on your campaign’s electronic giving system, to include Employee Express (EEX) and myPay (where available). To learn more, visit