"I feel extremely blessed to have been awarded such a scholarship," says Phelps, from Visalia, Calif. "It has not only given me the wonderful opportunity to attend Whitworth and further my education, but has also provided the motivation to go out into the world after college and make a difference in the world of epilepsy."
The UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program scholarship is awarded each year to inspiring people whose lives have been affected by epilepsy, and who seek personal growth through higher learning.
Phelps, who has two sisters whose lives have been affected by seizure disorders, says that being part of such a family is her inspiration to excel in school so that she eventually will be able to help people living with epilepsy.
"Ashlin has been through some difficult and trying times in her life, yet has used her situation to better the lives of others," says Heather Overton, who served on the scholarship's selection committee.
Though still unsure about what the future holds for her, Phelps says her passion is to work with children who have epilepsy.
"My heart goes out to all the individuals and families affected by seizure disorders," she says. "If I can use my life to make a difference in someone else's that would be the best reward I could ever ask for."
UCB, Brussels, Belgium (http://www.ucb.com/), is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines and solutions to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases of the immune system or of the central nervous system. With more than 8,000 people in about 40 countries, the company generated revenue of EUR 3.1 billion in 2009.
Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
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