If you suffer from diabetes, you already understand how many demands your disease makes on your life. Being constantly mindful of what you eat, continuously measuring your blood sugar levels, and taking the needed medications can wear you down over time. Many groups and organizations realize the demands of diabetes on individuals and are working to help by offering diabetes scholarships. If you have diabetes, you can get help in paying for your degree through scholarships like these:
Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards
These diabetes scholarships are provided each year by Billie Jean King WTT Charities, Inc. Recipients of these scholarships must be between 12 and 21 years old, must have diabetes, and must compete in high school or college tennis tournaments. The scholarship program provides two students each year with $5,000 for college. In addition, six students are awarded with $2,500 each to use for education, medical care, or tennis development. Eligible applicants must be in good academic standing and provide a physician’s confirmation of diabetes. In addition, students must demonstrate values, personal character, financial need, sportsmanship, and community involvement. To apply, students must submit the application along with two letters of recommendation and a short essay detailing the life impact of diabetes by April 15. Applications and details are available at www.Novonordisk-us.com.
Aimee Melissa Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund
These diabetes scholarships are provided by the Women’s Board of Central Ohio Diabetes Association as part of its commitment to youth. To be eligible, students must show that they are competently managing their diabetes and that they have adjusted well to living with diabetes. In addition, applicants must show exceptional academic achievement, and be involved with community or extracurricular activities that promote diabetes awareness in the community. To receive the scholarships, students must be attending an accredited college or university full-time in the fall, must demonstrate financial need, and must be Ohio residents. Applications must be received, along with a personal reference, a statement of financial need, a medical recommendation, and a personal statement by February 8. Applications and further details can be found at the Diabetes Ohio site.
Thomas J. Seefred Trust Scholarship
The mission of these diabetes scholarships is to help students with juvenile diabetes between the ages of 18 and 25 to pursue a bachelor’s degree. These $3,000 scholarships are awarded to Ohio residents, with preference given to those from Columbiana, Mahoning, or Trumbull counties. Eligible applicants must be diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, and must be current college students working toward a bachelor’s degree. To apply, students must submit four copies each of proof of enrollment, official transcript, physician’s statement of diagnosis, a letter of recommendation, a current income tax statement, and a personal essay describing the impact of juvenile diabetes on everyday life. For further information, visit the scholarship site at www.Seefredtrust.org.
Diabetes Scholars Foundation
These diabetes scholarships are available to high schools seniors suffering from Type 1 diabetes. Students must be seeking a degree at an accredited four-year school or at a technical or trade school and must be permanent residents or citizens of the United States. This fund offers up to 50 scholarships, valued at as much as $3,000. To apply, students must complete the official application and must submit letters of recommendation and other materials by May 15. The application, checklist, and further information is available at www.Diabetesscholars.org.
Living with diabetes is difficult. Getting a college degree should not add to your difficulties. If you are living with diabetes, these scholarships can take some of the burden from your life by providing you with college funding so you can earn the degree of your dreams. Many of these scholarships are competitive, so be sure to follow all application directions and deadlines completely and include as much information about your eligibility as possible.