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2019 Application will be available in January

The Diabetes Scholars college scholarship program is available to incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes and who are US citizens or permanent residents seeking a higher education at an accredited four year university, college, technical or trade school. This scholarship recognizes students who have high academic performance, are actively involved in the diabetes community, participate in community and/or extra-curricular activities and who have demonstrated that they are successfully managing the challenges of living with diabetes. Diabetes Scholars Foundation scholarships are not based on financial need.

Eligibility/Requirements:

  • High School Seniors with Type 1 diabetes seeking a higher education at an accredited four year university, college, technical or trade school.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Recipients are selected based on activities, grades, volunteering, advocacy, leadership, essays and recommendations from both a physician/CDE treating them as well as from a high school teacher/counselor.
  • The application is an online application and requires both recommendations to be completed online.  The applicants will not be able to submit their application unless both recommendations have been completed and returned.
  • There is one application and students will be considered for those scholarships that match them.
  • The scholarship is a very competitive scholarship and is intended for the student to complete and not the parent.
  • Applicants are due by midnight (CST) on April 15, 2019.

The following scholarships were awarded in 2018:

      • The Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship – eleven scholarships at $5,000 each, five scholarships at $4,000 each and five scholarships at $3,000 each will be awarded to students that will be an incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes
      • Novo Nordisk Scholarship – four $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to students that will be an incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes
      • The CFO Group Business Scholarship – two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to a student that will be an incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes and will be a Business major.
      • Jay Cutler Athletic Scholarship – one $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student that will be an incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes and will be playing a competitive sport in college.
      • Type 1 for 69 years so far – four $5,000 scholarships will be awarded randomly to an incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes
      • Sanofi – Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to students that will be an incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes
      • Jay Franke Scholarship – two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to an incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes and  pursuing an Arts Degree (music, theatre, dance)
      • JDRF Rising Star – one $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes
      • Chef Alain Roby Scholarship – one $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes and who resides in West Chicago, IL
      • Bradley D. Gendron Memorial Scholarship – one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes residing in Colorado
      • Josh Smith Memorial Scholarship – one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes and residing in Ohio
      • Nicky Randazzo Scholarship – one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes and pursuing a Business degree
      • JDRF Medical – one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes and pursuing a degree in healthcare such as nursing, pre-med, physical therapy, biomedical engineering
      • JDRF Advocacy – one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes and pursuing a degree in Political Science
      • JDRF Outreach – one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes and pursuing a degree in Psychology or Social Work

Award Announcements

      • Recipients only will be telephoned no later than June 1, 2019. Those applicants not selected will not receive any other notification
      • Checks will be distributed directly to the school in July once it’s been verified that the recipients have been accepted and registered

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