The IETF is pleased to award a scholarship, sponsored by The Goulden Touch, to Jared Beeson of Oconee, Ill. for the 2014-2015 academic year. Founded by All Pro Kicker Robbie Gould, the mission of The Goulden Touch is to simply help those in need in the areas of: health & wellness, medical research, social service and education, and the mission of this scholarship is to help students in Illinois affected by essential tremor.
As an Engineering major at Eastern Illinois University, Beeson serves as an inspiration to all students living with ET. “I believe that we become stronger when we are forced to face difficult situations. “ Beeson said. “I have learned to cope and adapt to the challenges in my life. I believe it has made me a stronger person and instilled a sense of compassion and empathy for those going through difficult situations.”
During high school, he was a standout football and varsity track star, a member of the Illinois all-state academic team and National Honor Society and served as a personal aide to a fellow high school student with cerebral palsy during the summer months. Beeson channels the daily challenges of his ET to push for success as an academic scholar and natural leader.
“I know that whatever job Jared is given, he gives it his best,” said Rev. Allen J. Ebbler, Beeson’s pastor and coach. “Whether working for pay or a pat on the back, Jared gives 100 percent of himself to any task he is given.”