Educational Scholarships

Educational Scholarships

Each year the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) recognizes a few individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements.

General Scholarship Information: 

SSM Health Rehabilitation Network Education Scholarship
Corporate scholarship of SSM Health Rehabilitation Network - Select Medical Partnership to assist survivors of brain injury on their road of recovery through encouragement and support for post-secondary education.  The SSM Health Rehabilitation Network Scholarship program offers two $750 post-secondary education scholarships for survivors of brain injury.

Jim and Lori Winter Scholarship
Honors the long-time volunteer leadership of Jim and Lori Winter for strengthening the Brain Injury Association of Missouri. Lori continues her volunteer service as a Support Group Facilitator for two groups.  Donations to BIA-MO support the Jim and Lori Winter Scholarship Fund to provide two $500 scholarships for survivors of brain injury to continue post-secondary education. 

Griggs Injury Law Educational Scholarship **NEW
Corporate scholarship of Griggs Injury Law, LLC to assist survivors of brain injury in Western Missouri and Kansas counties of Johnson and Wyandotte. The Griggs Injury Law Educational Scholarships will provide two (2) $750 scholarships to support post-secondary education.

Applications ACCEPTED THROUGH September 15 each year 

Required Material

  • Application Essay: Up to 500 words by the survivor of brain injury sharing how and when his or her brain injury occurred, challenges that have resulted, and education status, successes and goals. This essay should include the applicant’s educational plans and how the BIA-MO Scholarship programs will assist in reaching the goals.
  • Two letters of reference: From individuals familiar with applicant’s abilities and educational/training goals such as a teacher, rehabilitation therapist, counselor, or employer.
  • Acceptance Verification: showing acceptance to participate in educational/training program of choice
Submit application to:
Mail: Brain Injury Association of Missouri, Inc.
2265 Schuetz Road
Saint Louis, MO 63146-3409

Fax: 314.426.3290    Email:    Online

Download an application here

Selection Process

The Scholarship Committee reviews all applications.  From these applications the committee then submits information about the top five nominees to the full board two weeks prior to the December Board Meeting.  The board selects a minimum of two scholarship recipients.

More than two scholarships may be granted if funding is available. Efforts will be made to ensure that at least one of the scholarships is granted to a student who has recently or is about to graduate from high school.

BIA-MO Educational Scholarship 2017 Honorees: 

SSM Health Rehabilitation Network Educational Scholarship
Company-sponsored scholarship to support survivors of brain injury to pursue post-secondary education

Centilus Buchanan is pursuing Information Systems at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. 

Alise Houston is pursing dual degrees in Elementary and Special Education from Western Governor's University. 

Jim and Lori Winter Educational Scholarship
Donations to BIA-MO support this scholarship honoring longtime volunteer service by Lori and the late Jim Winter. 

Amy Hartley is working towards an Associates of Arts Degree at Ozark Technical College in preparation for psychology studies.

Annual Awards

Each year the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) recognizes a few individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements.

Award Nomination Categories:

„ Courage Award - Honors the success of an individual with brain injury.

„ Bill Buell Memorial Award - Honors a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor or Case Manager who has provided    outstanding service to the brain injury community within or outside of his or her employment responsibilities.

„ Point of Light Award - Honors an individual who has provided outstanding service to persons with brain injury.   Nominations must be made by an  individual with brain injury.

„ Volunteer of the Year - Honors an individual who has furthered the  Mission of the Brain Injury Association of       Missouri through his or her volunteer service with the organization.

„ Legislator of the Year - Honors an elected official representing citizens of  Missouri who has supported the prevention of brain injuries, services for survivors of brain injury or their families, or supported issues important to the brain    injury community.

„ Service Excellence Award - Community Service - Honors an individual or organization for exceptional service within the brain injury community.

„ Service Excellence Award - Fundraising - Honors an individual or organizations for efforts to generate financial    support for services of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri

„ Service Excellence Award  - Prevention - Honors an individual or organization for lasting contributions in brain    injury prevention.

„ Service Excellence Award  - Public Relations - Honors an individual or organization for outreach and educational efforts that have increased awareness of brain injury, needs within the brain injury community, and the Brain Injury Association of Missouri.

„ Lifetime Achievement Award -  Honors an individual or organization for significant  contributions and long-term    impact to the brain injury community.

Nomination deadline is September 15 each year. 

Nominations should be submitted by:


Mail: Brain Injury Association of Missouri, 

2265 Schuetz Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63146-3409 

or Fax: 314.426.3290

Download a Nomination Form here

Click here to submit online application.

BIA-MO Award Honorees 2017: 

Courage Award

Michael Bigogno for his strength and determination to recently win the Iron Man Challenge.

Stan Cross for his courage and endurance to never give up.

Dollie Eaton for her determination and words of encouragement to others.

Nathan Franklin for his success in efforts of independence.

Zachary Frith for his courage to remain independent with his brain injury and educate others.

Don Hatfield for his service in the U.S. Army and now providing community service to others. 

John Patterson for his exceptional courage to assist others in need. 

Bill Buell Memorial Award

Rebecca Johnson, with the Department of Health and Senior Services, for her dedication to survivors of brain injury.

Loretta Sparks, with Preferred Family Healthcare, for helping survivors of brain injury find confidence and self-worth.

Point of Light Award

Kristy Friedrich for assisting support group attendees by sharing her bubbly personality.

Curtis Jones, MSW, LCSW, with New Life Counseling, for going above normal means to help.

Volunteer of the Year – Youth

Conner Cox for helping with the support group booth at the SEMO District Fair.

Legislator of the Year
        Senator Dave Schatz for votes to maintain the Missouri All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law.

Senator Jill Schupp for leadership on bills to prevent brain injuries.

Service Excellence Award - Prevention

         Kitty Newsham, PhD, ATC, with Saint Louis University, for extensive help with the BIA-MO
    Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers Seminars and Bowling for Brain Injury.

Service Excellence Award - Community Service

        Maryville University, Department of Communication Disorders, for creativity of involving clients of the 
            Speech Therapy Clinic in an on-stage production. 

Employees of Lowes in Ozark, Missouri for their hearts of service and generosity to help Stan Cross stay independent.

Service Excellence Award - Public Relations

Kate Esely, MS, ATC/LAT, ITAT for concussion education efforts throughout Northwest Missouri.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Andrea Buening for her continuous service for others through education, resource referrals, and participation with leadership committees.


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Brain Injury Association of Missouri, Inc.

2265 Schuetz Road

Saint Louis, Missouri 63146

Toll Free 800-444-6443

Phone 314-426-4024

Fax 314-426-3290