Diabetes is a serious disease that affects over 25 million people in the United States alone. While the percentage of young people with Type 1 diabetes (or Juvenile Diabetes) is significantly less than that, it is still something to be taken seriously, as it can affect a person’s life and health for the course of their lives.
For those thousands of young people who have been diagnosed with diabetes, there is one thing that is a positive outcome from their condition and that is the number of scholarships available to those with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes Scholarships are available to those individuals who have been diagnosed with type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. While the amounts available aren’t guaranteed, and while the number of scholarships is not extraordinarily high, if you have diabetes it is worth looking into the scholarships available to you. You could very well land yourself a significant scholarship that can help you to defray the rising costs of college tuition and expenses.
Diabetes Scholarships come in two types; those available from nonprofit foundations and organizations, and those available from individual colleges and universities.
Nonprofit Diabetic Scholarships
Nonprofit diabetic scholarships are funded by foundations and organizations whose purpose is to educate the public about diabetes while simultaneously improving the life of those who have the disease. Two examples of these kinds of nonprofit programs include the Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards pay out $5,000 per awarded scholarship for young people between the ages of 14 and 21 who meet their qualifications. Then there is the Diabetic Scholars Foundation (DSF) which awards scholarships to students in the U.S. with Type 1 diabetes.
There are a number of nonprofit organizations and foundations that hand out scholarships and each one of them has different specifications for applying and qualifying, some even asking for letters of recommendation or essays.
But don’t settle for just looking into the foundation and organization nonprofit scholarships. Most states and even some cities have scholarships specifically tailored for young people with diabetes who live there. Make certain to look into these as well.
College and University Scholarships
Some colleges and universities have scholarships specifically tailored for diabetic students who plan on attending their institutions. You will need to check with the colleges you are applying to in order to determine if they have diabetic scholarships available and what they require in order for you to apply.
Keep in mind, however, that even if the college you wish to attend does not have a diabetic scholarship, they may consider diabetes a disability. If they do, it is possible that you could be awarded scholarship monies due to being considered disabled. You will, however, need to check with specific institutions in order to see what their individual policies and definitions of disability entail.
A Little Research Goes a Long Way
Don’t hesitate when researching your options for Diabetes Scholarships. Use every resource available to ensure that you get the monies that you need in order to achieve the education that will enable you to live a full and rewarding life.