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Von Willebrand Disease Scholarships

May 3, 2012 11:52 am
posted by Carlo Evanson

Do you or does someone you know have Von Willebrand Disease?  How would you like to learn how to turn this debilitating condition and create an educational opportunity out of it?  First, perhaps, it helps to understand just what Von Willebrand disease is and how it can be treated.

What is Von Willebrand Disease?

Von Willebrand Disease is a bleeding disorder.  This disorder interferes with the blood clotting process.  This means that something as simple as a nosebleed or cutting yourself shaving or even having a baby or having one’s tooth pulled can be a major concern if the bleeding is not immediately stopped.  Many times the condition is not even discovered until the person suffers from an injury and has excessive and spontaneous bleeding.

There are two main types of the disease (and at least four subtypes).  Type one is the mildest – type three is the most severe.  It is contracted due to inherited gene mutations and is characterized by abnormally heavy bleeding and is relatively common; affecting as many as 1 in 100 people in the United States alone.

What Kinds of Scholarships Are Available?

As you might imagine, this sort of condition can prove to be a distinctive disability as it interferes with the normal way that most people conduct their everyday activities.  If you have medical documentation of this condition you can apply for scholarships under the umbrella “disability” clause, or you can apply for scholarships that are tailored specifically for those with bleeding conditions such as hemophilia.

Scholarships for these bleeding conditions can be found by applying through your individual college or university’s financial aid office to see if there are any specific bleeding disorder scholarships.  You can also find the more generalized “disability” scholarships here and with the proper documentation may find yourself being able to pay for a significant portion of your college expenses.

Then of course there are also local, state and federal level organizations that are dedicated to helping those with bleeding disorders find a way to live a normal kind of life.  These organizations may be able to help those with blood conditions to be able to live normally even when having to deal with their condition.  You can find more specific scholarship information for those with bleeding disorders at:  National Hemophilia Foundation

Non Scholarship Funding Opportunities

If you are looking for funding opportunities for your college education but you do not want to get involved in your local community or go looking for opportunities at local organizations, then you may want to apply for a federal grant or look into those benefits that are available to those with your blood condition; benefits that can help you to pay for some of your basic needs so that you can free up some of your money in order to be able to attend college.  For more information on free federal money for your education, you will need to fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) in order to determine just what you are eligible for.  For more information on the FAFSA, please visit:  www.fafsa.edu.gov.

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