Type 1 Diabetes Scholarships: Where Do I Find Them?

Kick start your search for college aid with this list from Diabetes Self-Management

Type 1 diabetes scholarships are among the thousands available for students seeking financial assistance before heading to college. Scholarships for those with type 1 diabetes are as varied as the students themselves.

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There are ones focused on athletes, geographic location, area of study and many more and type 1 diabetes scholarships have made millions of dollars available for deserving students. 

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The Diabetes Scholars Foundation is one of the leading organizations to offer scholarships. Since 2008 the foundation has awarded more than $1.6 million in college scholarships to students with type 1 diabetes. Recently, the foundation was brought under the umbrella of Beyond Type 1. A nonprofit, Beyond Type 1 was founded in 2015 with the goal of changing what it means to live with the chronic illness through education, advocacy, and philanthropy.

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In 2018, the two groups started working together, which was a welcome move, according to Mary Podjasek. One of the Diabetes Scholars Foundation’s co-founders, she now serves as program manager for the Diabetes Scholars.

“I could not have found a better organization than Beyond Type 1 to partner with. They are an organization like no other and the transition has been flawless,” she said. “What’s new for me is the unbelievable support that I receive from everyone at BT1. Their energy and positive atmosphere is so refreshing to see in an organization.”

This year, the Diabetes Scholars program awarded 56 type 1 diabetes scholarships.

Individuals and organizations/corporations are welcome to create their own scholarships for the 2020 Diabetes Scholars cycle. Scholarships given out through Diabetes Scholars are $1,000 – $5,000 each. Applications open the first week of January and type 1 diabetes scholarship recipients are notified each June.

“Every year when I call students to let them know that they are receiving a scholarship, it is one of the best days of the year for me. These scholarships have changed the lives of young adults living with Type 1 diabetes,” says Podjasek. “Each recipient is so grateful for the scholarship…Living with Type 1 diabetes is hard work, and we hope that this program helps ease some small piece of that burden.”

Type 1 diabetes scholarships from Beyond Type 1

type 1 Diabetes scholarships

Diabetes Scholars

Amount: $1,000 to $5,000

Deadline: Closed for 2019. 2019-2020 school year information not yet available

Eligibility: High school seniors headed to college/university in 2019 living with type 1 diabetes

Diabetes scholars offer general scholarships open to high school seniors headed to college/university in 2019 living with type 1 diabetes. They also offer a set of scholarships with unique parameters like prospective major, geographic location, or excellence in athletics or the arts.

There is one application to be considered for any and all of the type 1 diabetes scholarships – all students who fill out the application will be considered for those scholarships that match them.

Below is a list of type 1 diabetes scholarships awarded in 2019 by Diabetes Scholars. Click here for more information and applications from the Diabetes Scholars Foundation.

Dexcom Scholarships

Eligibility: STEM Majors

Amount: Ten $1,000 scholarships

Omnipod® System Dash to College Scholarships

Eligibility: Students with T1D provided by Insulet Corporation

Amount: Five $5,000 scholarships

The Medtronic Diabetes Future Leaders Scholarships

Eligibility: Young women pursuing a STEM major

Amount: Ten $5,000 scholarships

The JDRF Medical/Research Scholarship

Eligibility: Student majoring in Healthcare

Amount: $2,000 scholarship

The JDRF Advocacy Scholarship

Eligibility: Student majoring in Political Science

Amount: $2,000 scholarship

JDRF Outreach Scholarship

Eligibility: Student majoring in Mental Health (Psychology/Social Work)

Amount: $2,000 scholarship

JDRF Rising Star Scholarship

Eligibility: Incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes

Amount: $2,000 scholarship

Bambi Northwood Blyth Scholarship

Eligibility: Young woman with type 1 diabetes

Amount: $2,000 scholarship

Family of Bradley Gendron Scholarship

Eligibility: Resident of Colorado

Amount: $1,000 scholarship

Family of Josh Smith Scholarship

Eligibility: Resident of Ohio

Amount: $1,000 scholarship

Family of Nicky Randazzo Scholarship

Eligibility: Business Major

Amount: $1,000 scholarship

Type 1 for 70 years Scholarships

Eligibility: Students living with type 1 diabetes

Amount: Five $5,000 scholarships

Brzozowski Family Veterinary Scholarship

Eligibility: Students who are currently sophomores or juniors in veterinary school

Amount: $1,000 scholarship

Henry Jensen Scholarship

Eligibility: Social Justice or Advocacy student living with type 1 diabetes

Amount: $1,000 scholarship

Oldenburg Family Scholarship

Eligibility: Student attending a school in Georgia

Amount: $1,000 scholarship

Beyond Type 1 Scholarships

Eligibility: Students living with type 1 diabetes

Amount: Ten $1,000 scholarships

Aibel Family Scholarship

Eligibility: Student living with type 1 diabetes

Amount: $1,000 scholarship

Type 1 Willpower Scholarship

Eligibility: Student who will be a Division I athlete

Amount: $2,500 scholarship

Type 1 Willpower Scholarship

Eligibility: Student from New Jersey

Amount: $2,500 scholarship

Additional type 1 diabetes scholarships

Scott And Kim Verplank Foundation

Amount: $10,000 (renewable for up to four years)

Deadline: April 15, 2020

Eligibility: High school senior, childhood diagnosis of T1D, 3.0 GPA or higher, participation on an organized athletic team, U.S. Citizen

The Scott and Kim Verplank Foundation provides annually, renewable college scholarships to undergraduate students of up to $10,000 to be used toward tuition, student fees, and books. Type 1 diabetes scholarships are renewable for up to a maximum of four years for any one recipient based on completing the renewal requirements.

Team Type 1 Scholarships

Amount: 100 scholarships ranging from $500 to 5,000 with two $10,000 scholarships

Deadline: March 31, 2020. Application opens in January

Eligibility: Students with Type 1 diabetes who are/will be attending an accredited NAIA & NCAA Institution and who compete in an NAIA & NCAA sport. Minimum GPA of 3.0.

Team Type 1 is funding scholarships in order to recognize young, talented athletes with type 1 diabetes who demonstrate an ability to balance both academic and sporting commitments, athletes who want to use their sport to educate, empower and inspire, and support families already burdened with additional expenses associated with diabetes care. The group’s goal is to develop the next generation of leaders who will stand and fight for people with diabetes around the world.

Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award

Amount: $2,500 – $5,000

Deadline: Must sign up for deadline information

Eligibility: Young tennis players suffering from diabetes

The awards provide college scholarships to young tennis players suffering from diabetes and are named after two long-time World Team Tennis executives and tennis champions, Diane Donnelly Stone and Tracey Donnelly Maltby. Students must demonstrate financial need.

Applications are available on the World Team Tennis Charities website in the ‘Events, Clubs, and Awards’ section. 

Nightscout Foundation

Amount: N/A

Deadline: The Scholarship Application Period for 2019-2020 begins February 1, 2020. The application period ends on Sunday, March 31, 2020.

Eligibility: Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, admitted student to an accredited College or University, minimum GPA of 2.5,

One of the founding goals of the Nightscout Foundation was to provide resources for the next generation of hackers, citizen scientists, engineers, DIYers and do-gooders in the type 1 community. To that end, they have created the Nightscout Foundation Community Scholarship program. The purpose of the program is to award one-time merit based type 1 diabetes scholarship monies to students pursuing advanced degrees.

Aimee Melissa Davis Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: 2019-2020 school year information not yet available

Eligibility: High school seniors with type 1 diabetes from a Travis, Hays or Williamson County, Texas.

The Austin Community Foundation’s scholarship program provides additional opportunities to community members pursuing their educational goals. Since 1996, the Foundation has awarded $6.5 million in type 1 diabetes scholarships. Each year, they award approximately 400 scholarships totaling more than $600,000. A majority of the type 1 diabetes scholarships support students from Central Texas or students at local educational institutions. After completing the general application, each applicant is automatically matched to over 100 scholarship opportunities of which they qualify for. 

Type 1 Champions Scholarship Program – Kids With Courage Foundation 

Amount: $1,000 – $2,500

Deadline: 2019-2020 school year information not yet available

Eligibility: Graduating seniors and current college students with type 1 diabetes that live in Missouri or Kansas

Kids With Courage Foundation awards scholarships to young people with type 1 diabetes. The Type 1 Champions Scholarship program has been created to help students realize their college dreams. 

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