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Leah Marie Bollin Memorial Award Application

Leah Bollin, a Lake Superior State University student and member of Alpha Kappa chi sorority, was killed in an automobile accident in August 2001 shortly before attaining her goal of a baccalaureate degree. Her parents, William and Sharon Bollin of Farmington Hills, Michigan chose to memorialize their daughter in 2002 by starting the Leah Marie Bollin Memorial Award, an endowment to benefit an LSSU student who has epilepsy or a similar seizure disorder.

Leah dealt with epilepsy, a Neurological condition resulting in seizures, yet she never let it hold her back from anything she wanted to do. She made sure that people knew she had epilepsy and that she was accepted or rejected on those terms. The way she led her life was both inspirational and educational to all those around her as she fought to foster understanding about her condition and the learning disabilities that many times accompany it.


Students with epilepsy or other seizure disorders (including Multiple sclerosis, Cerebral palsy, Muscular dystrophy, and Parkinson’ disease) will be considered for this award. Up to two - $2,000 scholarships awards are given each year to LSSU students to help with educational costs and move on with their lives despite a potentially debilitating physical condition. Student must be registered/certified by LSSU Learning Center - Disability Services. This is a non-renewable award, however, past recipients are encouraged to apply each year.

Applicants must be admitted to Lake Superior State University by April 1 of the current academic year. They must complete a questionnaire and provide the LSSU Foundation with three letters of recommendation from teachers, clergy, counselors or leaders of the community. Financial need is a consideration. Candidates must carry a minimum GPA of 2.0.

The deadline for this applications is: August 31, 2016

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Why did you choose to attend Lake Superior State University?

What are your academic goals?

List the extra curricular activities (high school and/or college you are presently involved in. If none, what other activities do you plan on becoming involved with during your stay at LSSU? Please list and explain why you are interested.

Describe experiences/activities that caused you to hesitate in participating because of epilepsy. Did you hesitate or just go ahead with the activity and how did you feel afterwards?

When faced with adversity, what personal strengths do you use to cope or overcome it?

Describe how you would, or did, react to a situation where someone gave you the impression that they didn't understand epilepsy.
If you have the opportunity to speak to a group/association about epilepsy and the impact on your life, what would you say?
Do you have any ideas that would help raise awareness of epilepsy?
Do you have any ideas that would help raise awareness of this memorial award?
Would you be willing to attend fundraisers for this award in the future?

This scholarship represents a young woman who "lived life." Describe what this means to you and how you "live life."


If you have a digital copy of your letters of recommendation, upload them here:
Formats Accepted: .doc .docx .pdf .txt .rtf;
File Size Limit: 10MB

If you do not have a digital copy of your letters of recommendation, please send them by August 31, 2016 to:

LSSU Foundation
Attn: Sharon Dorrity
650 W. Easterday Avenue
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783

Fax: 906-635-2856