Scholarships 2016-2017

Jackson Burton
One winter day when school was called off due to poor weather conditions in Cincinnati, OH, Jackson decided to learn how to play Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”, including the intricate and complex guitar solo. He spent hours focusing on hitting the right cords with the right inflection.

Katie Merrill
Katie is passionate about art and ET awareness. Having essential tremor has forced Katie to think creatively, to develop innovative solutions to her own artistic problems. As a digital arts student at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, KS, Katie had to figure out how to film and photograph her subjects, despite her shaky hands.

Jack Peters
This is not our first time meeting Jack. He is an old friend of the IETF, having been featured in the IETF’s Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Tremor Talk magazine at the ripe old age of 12. We’ve been privileged to watch Jack grow up, as his mom always kept the Foundation up to date on how Jack was doing up in Redgranite, WI.

Austin Siekknen
Austin is a scholar-athlete who ranked in the top quarter of his high school class in Hobbing, MN. He participated in several varsity level sports throughout high school and was a member of a variety of academic clubs. He volunteered during the summer, helping local kids develop a love for sports and sportsmanship.

Selena_Ramic_Crop_webSelena Ramic
Born in Serbia, Selena never knew why she was different until she came to the U.S. This small town girl grew up in a community where everyone thought her achievements were handed to her because of her disability.


Bradley Shields

Bradley Shields
Bradley thought his dream of becoming a hands-on physician was over when he was diagnosed with essential tremor. His doctor was quick to reassure him. He explained how many people who have ET cope with it and thrive.


Samantha-TrussoniSamantha Trussoni
Samantha, the once bright, cheerful girl from Lacrosse, WI, plummeted into complete isolation and despair after learning her diagnosis of essential tremor just weeks before her 20th birthday.


Nicholas-WintersteigerNicholas Wintersteiger
Nicholas is the type of person that just won’t allow something like having ET stop him from doing anything. This past summer he worked as an EMT on the rescue squad in Charlottesville.