Annual Awards

Congratulations to the BIA-MO Annual Award Honorees who were recognized for their courage, service, and contributions to individuals with brain injury and their families. You are all truly an inspiration to others.

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

2020 Award Honorees: 

Courage Award – Honors the success of an individual with brain injury.
Andy Paulus
Sondra Snider

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.
Patti Erneste
Christina Salama

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.
Dana Read Farrill

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.
Tammie Buschling
SSM Health Rehabilitation Network – Brain Injury Program

Service Excellence Award – Fundraising – Honors an individual or organization 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.
Susan Orton

Contact Courtney Stevens, BIA-MO Office Administrator, at Courtney@biamo.org or 314-426-4024 to be put on the mailing list for the 2021 Annual Awards Nominations.


Educational Scholarships

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) is pleased to offer educational scholarships for survivors of brain injury to pursue post-secondary education. Qualified educational institutions include two-year colleges, four-year colleges or universities, and vocational and trade school programs.

Scholarship funding may be used for expenses directly related to post-secondary education. Allowable expenses include tuition, room and board, books, required class material such as workbooks, specialized tools, etc.

21-14 Concussion Awareness Foundation Educational Scholarship
Memorial scholarship of the 21-14 Concussion Awareness Foundation to honor the giving of time and talent by John Stefan Gaal, Jr. The 21-14 Concussion Awareness Foundation Scholarship will provide one (1) $750 post-secondary educational scholarship for a survivor of brain injury to pursue post-secondary education.

Griggs Injury Law Educational Scholarship 
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 Scholarship provides two $750 scholarships to support post-secondary education.

Jim and Lori Winter Educational 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. Scholarship recipients must be residents of Missouri.

SSM Health Rehabilitation Network Educational 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 who are residents of Missouri.

Applications for the BIA-MO Educational Scholarships will be ACCEPTED THROUGH January 15, 2021. The same application is considered for each Scholarship. Applicants should complete only one application.

Required Material for Scholarship Application

  • Application Cover Sheet
  • 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 program 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: Documentation showing acceptance to participate in educational/training program on Scholarship Application.

Submit application to:
Mail: Brain Injury Association of Missouri, Inc.
2265 Schuetz Road
Saint Louis, MO 63146-3409

Fax: 314.426.3290    Email: courtney@biamo.org

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Download Scholarship Application

Selection Process
The same application is used for consideration for each scholarship. There is no need to submit separate applications.

The Scholarship Committee reviews all applications. From these applications the Committee selects recipients. Decisions by the Scholarship Committee are final. All applicants are notified of the decision regarding their scholarship following the Selection Committee Meeting.

The scholarship payment is sent directly to the educational institution.

The Application Deadline is September 15 each year.
**Note: The deadline to submit a BIA-MO Educational Scholarship application has been extended to January 15, 2021. 

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