Eric’s Vision plants the seeds for tomorrow’s ALS research by awarding individual scholarships to high school students who show an interest in pursuing research in an ALS-related field.
- Students pursuing a scholarship will need to meet requirements that demonstrate their interest in ALS. They will be required to fulfill a set amount of volunteer hours, including but not limited to assisting individuals with ALS, assisting in research for ALS or helping to raise awareness for ALS.
- In addition to volunteer hours, students will need to submit an essay, detailing why they are deserving of a scholarship. These submissions will be solicited and reviewed once annually. All scholarship selections will be made at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
Inglewood High School Eric Scoggins Student/Athletic Scholarship
Eric Thomas Scoggins was born in Inglewood, California on January 23, 1959. Scoggins was a star quarterback at Inglewood High School. He was the second of six children born to Donald and Patricia Scoggins. Scoggins played three games for the San Francisco 49ers in 1982, then spent time in the United States Football League with the Los Angeles Express and Houston Gamblers. After he retired from football, he became a businessman and joined former 49er teammates Ronnie Lott and Keena Turner in auto dealerships
Scoggins was diagnosed with ALS in January of 2007. LAS (Aamyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Lou Gehrig’s disease is a progressive, usually fatal malady caused by the degeneration of motor neurons, the nerve cells in the central nervous system that control voluntary muscle movement. Eventually, most ALS patients become almost completely paralyzed and lose their ability to speak. Typically, reports the Muscular Dystrophy Assn., they die within three to five years of their diagnosis, usually from respiratory complications.
After he was diagnosed he founded “Eric’s Vision” which provides funds to the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s “Augie’s Quest” research initiative dedicated to finding a cure for ALS. He helped raise more than $150,000 for the cause.
The Eric Scoggins Student/Athletic Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to students at Inglewood High School, who plan to continue their education at an institution of higher learning (college, university, career/trade or specialty school). To be eligible for the Eric Scoggins Student/Athletic Scholarship, the applicant must have accumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher, be a part of any sports and must meet all graduation requirements.