The Paula Kovarick Segalman Family Scholarship Fund for ALS

The Segalman Family

The Paula Kovarick Segalman Family Scholarship Fund For ALS

Paula Kovarick Segalman Family

Paula Kovarick Segalman was born and raised in Stroudsburg, PA. After graduating from Stroudsburg High School in 1971, she attended Juniata College, and earned a bachelor's degree in nursing in 1976 from East Stroudsburg University.

She moved to New York City in 1986 and took a nursing job at New York University Hospital. She married Dr. Keith A. Segalman, an orthopedic surgeon, in 1990. The Segalman’s eventually moved to Baltimore, MD and had two daughters, Lily and Olivia.    

Paula was an accomplished athlete. During her teenage years, she became a noted equestrian and open jumper and traveled throughout the United States riding her horse, Burgundy. When living in New York City, she continued riding in Central Park and learned to sail on Long Island Sound. Paula was also an avid skier, competitive tennis player and loved to travel.

In 2008, Paula was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease and passed away on May 8, 2015. 

In 2016, the Segalman family established The Paula Kovarick Segalman Family Scholarship Fund for ALS to provide educational funding to students affected by ALS.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease is a fatal disease affecting families physically, emotionally and financially. The cost of care for someone with ALS can exceed $250,000 a year. The fund looks to alleviate some of the additional financial burdens that families will face when paying for college. 


Scholarship is awarded to one individual per year, up to $5,000 (award may not exceed tuition balance)

  • Students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent)


Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be individuals who have had finances impacted due to having been diagnosed with ALS themselves, or a parent or guardian or immediate family member* (living or deceased) having been diagnosed with ALS.
  • Be high school seniors, high school graduates or current undergraduates.
  • Have a primary residence in Maryland, Virgina, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Delaware, or Northern Ohio.*
    *Eligible counties in Northern Ohio – Williams, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Wood, Cuyahoga, Ottawa,
    Sandusky, Seneca, Crawford, Erie, Huron, Richland, Lorain, Ashland, Medina, Wayne, Holmes, Stark, Tuscarawas,
    Summit, Lake, Geauga, Portage, Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana, Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, and
  • Plan to enroll for a minimum of 6 credits per semester in undergraduate study at an accredited two– or four–year college, university or vocational–technical school in the United States (U.S.) for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Be U.S. citizens.


Recipient will be selected by Scholarship America. All applicants will be notified whether or not they are the recipient by August 1st. Only one recipient will be selected. 


The Paula Kovarick Segalman Family Scholarship Fund for ALS reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time. Scholarships will be awarded based on availability of funds.


Applications for this scholarship are closed. The application program will be available again in May.


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