Kaleigh Knapp 2014

kaleigh jo knappThe International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) is pleased to award a $500 scholarship to student Kaleigh Knapp from Concord, N.C. for the 2014-2015 academic year. Knapp is one of four students from across the nation to receive a scholarship award from the IETF.

Currently pursuing a Communication Studies degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Knapp understands the challenges of living with ET through her own experiences and by watching her mother, who also has ET. “My mom’s positive outlook on living with essential tremor gives hope to those struggling with their diagnosis, teaching all of us that nothing should keep us from living our dreams,” Knapp said.

Knapp uses her daily struggles with having ET by motivating others as an active community leader. She volunteers for Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County and Orange County Rape Crisis Center, and is a member of Phi Beta Chi Sorority and the Pitts Baptists Church College Youth Group.

“I have never seen essential tremor as a disability, yet that is how it is seen in the eyes of other people. I see it as something that makes me unique,” Knapp said.