What Is a TS Scholarship?
- Tourette syndrome develops in individuals between the ages of 6 and 21, manifesting in tics. While many people think of Tourette as verbal tics, most individuals -- about 1 in every 1,000 people -- develop physical tics. Medication can control or minimize the tics, but people with Tourette syndrome often suffer from social stigma and develop feelings of insecurity, embarrassment and inferiority that can damage social and educational prospects.
- Few scholarships exist exclusively for people with Tourette syndrome. Craig Whitley, who runs the resource website TouretteSyndrome.com, states that his attempts to create a scholarship fund "were a bust." The New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome offers a scholarship each year to a graduating high school senior diagnosed with Tourette syndrome, and while the scholarship is widely known, only New Jersey residents can apply.
- Transgender individuals and allies have a few more options than students with Tourette syndrome. TS can refer to "transgender scholarships" or an old acronym for transsexual. The Transgender Scholarship and Education Legacy Fund offers scholarships, and most scholarships open to gay students are open to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. Furthermore, many large GLBT foundations such as the Point Foundation have specific scholarships for transgender students that come from memorial funds.
- While a TS scholarship most frequently refers to a scholarship open to individuals with Tourette syndrome or transgender students, TS can stand for dozens upon dozens of completely unrelated categories, groups, statuses and identities. Be sure to verify what "TS" stands for before assuming that the letters refer to Tourette syndrome, transgender identity, true samaritans or anything else.