The college and trade school scholarship program is to honor children who have faced so many challenges associated with hemispherectomy surgery and then gone on to do AMAZING things academically. The Jessie Hall Hemispherectomy Scholarship’s goal is to help offset the cost associated with pursuing a college degree or trade school diploma.
The Jessie Hall Hemispherectomy Scholarship
Cris and Kristi Hall of Aledo, Texas began this scholarship in 2008, to honor their daughter Jessie Hall. Jessie was 6 years old when she had a hemispherectomy performed by world renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Benjamin Carson, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
In the spring of 2008, Cris and Kristi learned their daughter Jessie had Rasmussen’s Encephalitis and her only chance to have a life, free from seizures, was to have a hemispherectomy. Their family, friends and community held fundraisers to assist with medical bills. The Hall’s were so moved by the remarkable outpouring of support, they wanted to share this feeling with the hemispherectomy community. Because of their respect for education and the empowerment it provides, they chose to give the gift of a scholarship to other children who have had a hemispherectomy.
The Dreams on Wings 5K Virtual Runner Team Scholarship
The Dreams on Wings 5K Virtual Runner Team Scholarship is named each year for a child who has undergone a hemispherectomy, and has the largest virtual runner team in the annual Dreams on Wings 5K.
**Every penny donated to these scholarships will be received by a child who has had a hemispherectomy. There are no overhead expenses for this scholarship, as all services have been generously donated. All donations are tax deductible.
The awards are to be applied toward educational costs at an accredited College, University, and/or approved Vocational Trade School. Funds are to be used at the discretion of the recipients (i.e. tuition, room and board, books, misc., etc...). The scholarships are not renewable, however, applicants may reapply and if funds are available, will be considered for another scholarship. Repayment of this scholarship is not required unless the application is found to be fraudulent. No person involved in The Jessie Hall Hemispherectomy Scholarship process shall make judgment based upon race, religion, or sex of the applicant.