If you or someone you know has Crohn’s disease, you will understand just how much this can interfere with your ability to live a normal and productive life. And Crohn’s knows no age boundaries; therefore it is not unusual for it to affect college age students. Luckily there are scholarships available that can help you to finance your education regardless of the medical problems you may be experiencing because of your illness.
What exactly is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s disease is a disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract. Also known as regional enteritis, it is an inflammation of the bowel that can be extremely debilitating and uncomfortable as well as difficult to treat effectively. Symptoms can include things like abdominal pain, diarrhea, cramping and possibly a loss of appetite, nausea and even weight loss depending on where within the tract the inflammation occurs.
What Scholarships Are Available?
When it comes to Crohn’s disease there are a number of different approaches that you can take. First you can look for scholarships that are specifically for Crohn’s and other chronic illnesses, or you can apply for scholarships that include a number of disabilities under their umbrella. The choice is yours, and there is nothing to keep you from applying for both if you qualifies.
You may also have to apply to different places for specific – or even non-specific – scholarships. You can apply to individual colleges and universities for specific illness-related scholarships, or you can apply under general disability scholarships.
An example of the last kind can be found at Colleges and Universities UCB which offers thirty one-time scholarships that range in amounts and are available only to those students who have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and who are actively involved in one of their degree programs. For more information on this specific program you can go to: Crohns and Me Scholarship
However, there are also sources of funding that come from the Federal Government. You can find financial assistance through the PELL Grant program, by qualifying for government educational loans or by applying for disability benefits through the US Federal Benefits program. For more information on the Federal Benefits Program, please see: Benefits .GOV. For more information on specific disabilities covered by the program, please see: Disabilities .GOV. And then of course you need to put in for the educational money that is out there by filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid that will let you know what kinds of government monies you qualify for.
While it is easy to get wrapped up in specific scholarships, keeping in mind the knowledge that you can apply for more than just one type of scholarship; indeed that you can apply for every different kind of scholarship that you qualify for, you may be able to take a good chunk out of the cost of your college education.