Dakota Pequeno Memorial Scholarship

The Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan is pleased to announce that we will be awarding THREE Dakota Pequeno Memorial Scholarships this year! The scholarships are due to the generosity of the Jankowski Family, Roger Vuylsteke, Frank Aron, The Phoenix Group, & Gary Willick - Thank You!

The submission deadline has passed, so we are no longer accepting applications for 2018.
The winners will be announced in July, so stay tuned!


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 
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: April 27th, 2018

Award Announcement: July 8th, 2018 

Download Application HERE

Special Thanks...

The Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan would like to offer a special thanks to Roger Vuylsteke and Frank Aron for their ingenious way to fund the Dakota Pequeno Memorial Scholarship.  Created in 2012, these two gentleman built a self-serve snack bar that they operate at their place of employment.  All proceeds go directly towards the Scholarship Fund.  Thank you, Roger & Frank for what you are doing to further the education of youth with epilepsy and the beautiful way you are continuing Dakota's legacy.  We'd also like to thank The Phoenix Group for their continued support of this very special scholarship.  Because of you, Dakota's impact continues to grow.




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.