Dakota Pequeno Memorial Scholarship



The 2020 Scholarship Deadline has Passed and we are no longer accepting applications for this year.





We are awarding TWO scholarships for the 2020 Dakota Pequeno Memorial Scholarship! 


This scholarship is made possible due to the generosity of the Poenix Group and the Jankowski family, who lost their daughter Dakota due to epilepsy.  In an effort to ensure her memory lives on, the family of Dakota established the Dakota Pequeno Memorial Scholarship. It is their way of giving an opportunity to others who aspire to do great things in life--just like Dakota.

 

2020 SCHOLARSHIP INFO

Vision:  The recipient of the Dakota Pequeno Memorial Scholarship will be a student who has shown perseverance in eliminating obstacles that epilepsy and seizures may present, courage in dealing with epilepsy/seizures, community involvement, and commitment to their education.

Amount: $1,000 Scholarship awarded to TWO recipients ($1,000 each)
 
Eligibility Requirements:
• Must have a diagnosis of epilepsy/seizure disorder and confirmed by a letter from a physician.
• Must be a high school senior or a high school graduate between the ages of 17-25.
• Must live in Michigan.  For applicants going to school out-of-state, your permanent address must be located in Michigan.
• Must provide proof of acceptance to a post-secondary academic or vocational program.
• Must submit a completed application and one letter of recommendation, preferably from an educator.
• Write a short essay regarding epilepsy.

Submission Deadline: May 8th, 2020
Award Announcement: July/August 2020 
Award Ceremony: TBD 

Download Application: CLOSED
Send questions to Andrea Schotthoefer at aschott@epilepsymichigan.org    



About Dakota...

Dakota Ruby Pequeno, known as Cody to family and friends, was a normal 16-year-old looking forward to her senior year. She enjoyed playing Powder Puff football, participating in the school talent contest, singing songs from her favorite movie Rocky Horror Picture Show and listening to Evanescence and Slipknot. But epilepsy claimed her life.

In an effort to ensure her memory lives on, the family of Dakota established the Dakota Pequeno Memorial Scholarship. It is their way of giving an opportunity to others who aspire to do great things in life--just like Dakota.

If you are interested in the rewarding experience of sponsoring a scholarship opportunity, or for any other question regarding this scholarship, please contact Andrea Schotthoefer at 248-809-5986 or via email at aschott@epilepsymichigan.org.