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Diabetes Scholarships

March 16, 2011 7:34 pm
posted by Carlo Evanson

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

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.

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6 Responses to “Diabetes Scholarships”

  1. Debra Johnson says:

    I have type 1 Diabetes and I am looking for a scholarship to help me go to Ridley-Lowell here in New London Ct 06320. I am 45 years old and I have had Diabetes for 40 years now. I am looking for help with a scholarship to help with the cost of the schooling at Ridley- Lowell. I am looking to go back to school to better myself for my family of six people.. I am hoping that you can help me. You can reach me at johnsondebra1966@yahoo.com and you can leave me a e-mail and you can just let me know if you can help me to go back to school to learn to do medical billing and coding and giving me a chance to be able to work from my home after I finish school. I would like to thank you for your time.

    Thank You
    Debra Johnson

  2. Katoria Stevens says:

    Hi my name is Katoria Stevens and I am 17years of age. i have had diabetes since December of 2007. when I was first diagnosed the doctors said I was type 2 and now they are not sure if I have type 2 or type 1. I am in my senior year of high school at Arroyo Valley High School located in San Bernardino, CA and I was looking for scholarships for diabetics, but every website I went to I only seen the scholarships for type 1. I was wondering if someone could give me information for some diabetes scholarships that I would be eligible to apply to . Even though I know that I am going to have to start at a community college a scholarship would still help me on my way to my dream of becoming a registered nurse.

    You can reach me via email : katoria.stevens@yahoo.com

    Thank You Very much
    Katoria Stevens

  3. Bro Stahl says:

    Hello my name is Bro Stahl, I am a 17 year old student from Canada. I am also a type 1 diabetic. My goals are to get into a university and get an engineering degree, and I am trying to find some diabetic scholarships to help with my funding. I go to Clarence Fulton High School Vernon, B.C, I have found lots of scholarships but I haven’t found any that are available in my area…

  4. Brad Gunter says:

    I am a type I diabetic who is inpursuit of a Civil Engineering degree. I would like to apply for any diabetic scholarships available to help with my funding. I am in my first year of Clemson University and would like assistance with my tuition and book expenses. What is available?
    Thanks,
    Brad Gunter

  5. Jorden LaRose says:

    Hello, my name is Jorden LaRose. I am a 16, almost 17 year-old senior at a Michigan high school. And I have had genetically inherited diabetes since I was 10. Unfortunately, I am a Type 2 diabetic. Are there any scholarships out there for a Type 2, or a diabetic in general?

    Please help!
    Jorden LaRose


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