University of Calgary

New Calgary charity supports students

UToday HomeMay 8, 2012

A Calgary-based charity, the Branch Out Neurological Foundation, has awarded six grants of approximately $6,500 to students from the University of Calgary, University of Alberta and Mount Royal University.

The Foundation’s president, Crystal Phillips, notified the undergraduate recipients last week.

Grants were awarded to students researching complementary and alternative treatments options for neurological diseases.

Mount Royal University student Jane Richardson, University of Calgary students Joanne Lam, Kailie Luan, Essie Mehina, Jasmine Maser and University of Alberta student Ori Scott accepted the scholarships.

Not too many charities focus on complementary and alternative medicine,” says Kinesiology student Jasmine Maser. I’m excited work with one that does.”

This is the first time the Branch Out Foundation has awarded scholarships. The charity was established just over a year ago by Phillips and a friend. Phillips is a multiple sclerosis sufferer herself and says the scholarships are a powerful first step toward understanding more about the nervous system.

“It’s only our first year awarding these grants but the great experiences we’ve had with the recipients already tells me we’ll be doing it again. I can’t wait to see what these brilliant students can accomplish.”

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Branch Out Neurological Foundation

Branch Out Neurological Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to contributing to new and alternative forms of research for neurological disorders. The Branch Out Neurological Foundation strives to return 90% of all proceeds directly to neurological disorder research and increasing the awareness of neurological disorders.