Robert Holder

The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) is pleased to award a $1,000 scholarship to student Robert Holder from Clyo, Ga., for the 2017-2018 academic year. Weber is one of four students from across the nation to receive a scholarship award from the IETF.

As an incoming freshman to Georgia Southern University, Holder is ready to tackle the challenges of living with his essential tremor (ET) while majoring in health and human sciences in hopes of obtaining a degree in exercise science, athletic training, or sports medicine. During high school, Holder excelled in and outside the classroom. He shined on the field as football captain, encouraging his teammates with his positive attitude. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, FFA and Student Council. Within his community, he volunteered at the local retirement home, sponsored blood drives for Red Cross and developed the Little Pantry, a food pantry to help those in need obtain food and household items without the stigma of being homeless.

Holder’s family first noticed signs of his tremor at age 2; however, as he grows and his tremor becomes more prominent, he doesn’t let it hold him back. “(ET) will always be a part of my life and something that I will have to deal with daily. I have chosen not to let this disorder define who I am, but I will continue to succeed and accomplish my goals,” Holder said. “It may be a little more difficult, but I can do it.