Brogan Speraw, from Wellston, Ohio, is a three-time IETF scholarship recipient. He received a $1,000 scholarship in the fall of 2017, the spring of 2018 and the spring of 2019.
Ever since he was a child, Speraw has known everyone else’s normal everyday tasks are anything but easy for him. All throughout school, he struggled to develop fine motor skills because of his essential tremor (ET). Through the help of his parents and school, a 504 plan was developed for him so he could receive accommodations to ensure his academic success and access to his learning environment. “I admit my laptop is now my best friend, but I continue to beat the odds,” Speraw said.
Speraw earned several varsity letters in his participation on his football, bowling, and Quiz Bowl teams. He was a member of the National Honor Society, the Regional Scholars Leadership Conference, and was awarded the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. He also excelled in his community by volunteering at his youth group at church, the American Red Cross, and the Black Diamond Lodge.
Speraw confronts his ET as a challenge he’s willing to accept—like engineering. Despite his shaky hands, he is majoring in engineering while minoring in business at Ohio University. After graduation, he plans to obtain a job close to home where he can use his mechanical engineering skills to make his community a better place.
“I have been blessed with the determination to keep fighting the challenges that have been put in front of me, therefore being able to complete whatever I put my mind to,” Speraw said.