Nitro graduate receives national narcolepsy scholarship

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Published: Jun. 21, 2017 at 6:25 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One teen preparing to head to college in the fall is the recipient of a special national scholarship.

Cassandra Stewart, a Nitro High School graduate, will attend West Virginia University in the fall to major in Fashion and Merchandising.

Stewart was diagnosed with narcolepsy with cataplexy at age 5. Since then, she has worked hard to manage her diagnoses while succeeding in school. She graduated in the top 25 in her class.

Stewart is one of 11 students in the country selected to receive a Project Sleep's Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship. To apply for the scholarship, Stewart had to write a letter to her younger self concerning her diagnosis.

"If I could give a tip to someone who was diagnosed with narcolepsy, I would say to be confident and remain confident through the unknown. Talk about it but you don't have to talk about it with everyone. Find your close knit group of people and they'll get you far," said Stewart.

Only 1 in 2000 people in the world are diagnosed with narcolepsy.

For more information about Project Sleep and narcolepsy, click on the link.