Did you know that if you suffer from diabetes, a diabetes scholarship could help you pay for your tuition fees through college? Well, the Diabetes Scholars Scholarship Foundation offers grants to any student seeking higher education in an accredited four year college, university, trade or technical school. These scholarships are merit based (i.e. current grades are important), but being active in the diabetes community is also paramount. Extra curricular activities are also taken into account as well as how one manages diabetes in the context of their everyday life. Financial need is not one of the criteria used to determine who qualifies for these scholarships. Some of the various diabetes scholarships on offer include:
- -The Lilly Diabetes Leaders Scholarship- Awards scholarships of $3,000, $4,000, and $5,000 to new freshmen who suffer from type 1 diabetes.
- -The Jay Franke Scholarship- Awards a $4,000 scholarship to students pursuing an Arts Degree in dance, theater, or music.
- -The Harry B. and Leona M. College Scholarship- Provides scholarships worth $5,000 to new freshmen with type 1 diabetes.
- -Davis’s Diabetes Scholarship- $5,000 grants are awarded to students residing in South Carolina and who suffer from diabetes.
- -JDRF Outreach Scholarship- Provides $1,000 scholarships to students majoring in mental health.
- -Josh Smith Scholarships- Awards $1,000 scholarships to Ohio students with type 1 diabetes.
- -JDRF Research/Medical Scholarship- Provides grants of up to $1,000 to students majoring in any healthcare related field.
- -Nicky Randazzo Scholarships- Awards $1,000 scholarships to students majoring in Business and who also have type 1diabetes.
How Does One Qualify For Diabetes Scholarships?
To apply for such scholarships one needs to fulfill the following criteria:
- Be a type 1 diabetic applying to an accredited four year college, university, trade, or technical school.
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a High school senior
One also needs a recommendation from their doctor or diabetes educator as well as a teacher from their school. All scholarships will be reviewed by a blinded committee followed by a separate committee which awards the scholarships.