After months of reviewing and receiving over 200 scholarship applications for the inaugural Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation Scholarship Award, all seemingly worthy, the foundation has selected the very first two recipients of this scholarship.

Casey Regan, of The Prout School, in Wakefield, RI, and Eitan Tye of Concord Academy, in Concord, MA, are this year’s winners. Both Casey and Eitan displayed numerous qualities that embody what the recipients of this scholarship define, and we are proud to award them with our inaugural scholarship.


                                                                                Casey Regan

Casey, who was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at age 4, is a great example of a well-rounded, high achieving student. She dedicates countless hours to her passion of dancing and theatrical production, at both The Prout School as well as with the Rhode Island Ballet Company. Casey’s achievements reach the classroom as well, where she is a member of the National Honor Society, and has also been selected by her schools administration as a student ambassador.

Along with her extremely impressive community service and extra curricular activities resume, Casey, in her own words stated, “I had to learn at a young age to accept things that cannot be changed.” She added, “I had to accept the fact that Celiac made me different, and that was never going to change. Still, I have not let it define me.” It is this resiliency and dedication that unquestionably makes Casey the type of candidate perfect for this inaugural award.


                                                                                   Eitan Tye

Eitan, who is at the top of his class at Concord Academy, has already received acceptance letters from such universities as Duke, University of Virginia, Washington University in St. Louis. Outside of being an incredible student, Eitan has already written and contributed articles to and, has an extensive community service background, coaches youth programs locally, and has been selected as a peer mentor by his high school.

Eitan lives with both Celiac Disease & Crohn’s Disease, and though both are difficult in their own way to deal with, his perseverance and his dedication were evident in his essay question response, when he stated “My illness has inspired me to work even harder in school and on the sports field…My diagnosis has sparked a fierce sense of independence within me, and I remain determined to prove that while reliant on the support of my parents and physicians, I can still achieve success purely on my own”, and closed with “In addition to fueling a renewed sense of purpose, battling Celiac and Crohn’s has instilled in me a strong desire to help others, especially children, gain confidence and fulfillment within their own lives.”


These two incredible young students will undoubtedly continue their success through college, and we are proud to have them represent not only the Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation with these awards, but represent the Celiac Disease community with their hard work, perseverance, and dedication.


The Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation is looking forward to opening its 2012-2013 scholarship award application later this year, and hopes that with the initial response and success of the first year, the second year will attract a larger amount of deserving students. More information as well as ways to help support this program can be found here.

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