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College Grants and Scholarships for Students with Diabetes

Before we list some college grants and scholarships for people with diabetes, we want to mention that there are other forms of funding for diabetics based on other criteria than diabetes. There are other criteria for diabetics that may help them find grants and scholarships for college. There does not appear to be many college grants and scholarships that are just for the single, specific eligibility requirement of having diabetes. We have seen evidence that there were a few more organizations out there devoted to providing scholarships for diabetic students but a few of those college grants and scholarships are no longer available. We have seen some evidence that one or two organizations may create a grant or scholarship for college for diabetics in the future. We will continue to track their progress. For now, we will list the very few college grants and scholarships (that we have found) that have the specific eligibility requirement of being a diabetic. Farther down this page, we list other resources with more general, open eligibility requirements that may help.

The Diabetes Scholars Foundation Scholarship Program "is available to incoming freshmen seeking a higher education at an accredited four-year university, college, technical or trade school. This scholarship recognizes students who are actively involved in the diabetes community, who have high academic performance, who participate in community and/or extra-curricular activities and who have demonstrated that they are successfully managing the challenges of living with diabetes. Diabetes Scholars Foundation scholarships are not based on financial need." Multiple scholarships are offered with varying amounts of money. Many of the scholarships offered have different names/titles with different specific eligibility requirements. Please visit more information, including the eligibility requirements. IF each scholarship is not listed on their website then PLEASE contact them for MORE information about scholarships.

Diabetes, Incorporated awards at least one, $1,000 scholarship. "High school senior students who plan to continue their education beyond high school or students who are currently continuing their education beyond the high school level. Applicants must either have diabetes or have an immediate family member who has diabetes and a family member must be a current Diabetes, Incorporated member. Membership dues are $10.00 per year and the year period runs from July through June and can be paid anytime during the year. Only applicants who complete the application in its entirely are eligible."

Aimee Melissa Davis Memorial Scholarship. A scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school senior from the Austin area who has been accepted to college, who has juvenile diabetes, and who has financial need.

Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award offers scholarships for teen tennis players living with diabetes. "Recipients must be between the ages of 14 and 21, have diabetes and must play tennis competitively in tournaments, high school, or college."

T1D Living provides a blog dedicated to "T1D College Scholarships and Grants." A LONG list of grants and scholarships are provided for diabetics. Many of the scholarships will have specific eligibility requirements, though. Still, most of the scholarships listed should be of big help.

NeedyMeds provides another long list of scholarships for diabetics.


The Scott and Kim Verplank Foundation Diabetes Type 1 Scholarship:

Sponsor: “The Scott and Kim Verplank Foundation provides annual college scholarships of up to $10,000 to be used toward tuition, student fees and books. Scholarships are renewable for up to a maximum of four years for any one recipient based on completing the renewal requirements. Recipients are selected from a pool of applicants meeting the following criteria.”

Eligibility Requirements:  Childhood diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes; Successfully managing diabetes with proper medication, exercise and diet; Commitment to education by maintaining in excess of a 3.0 grade point average; Commitment to participating in athletics by actively participating on an organized team; Completion of application with supporting documentation and endorsements.

Applicants are encouraged to apply to the Scott and Kim Verplank Foundation for consideration of the Scholarship at the end of their sophomore year of high school or during their junior year of high school. Applications are accepted on a year round basis. Awardees must maintain 3.0 GPA until graduation.

Money: Up to $10,000. (ten thousand dollars)


The Seneca Diabetes Foundation. "With diabetes affecting approximately 50 percent of the adult Seneca population, SDF is leading the effort to research and combat this disease and supports students wishing to enter the health service/medical profession."

"Each of the scholarships focus on a central theme in order to best fit an applicant's individual talents. While a student can apply for more than one scholarship, the application questions are designed so that a student's specific strength or experience would be most effectively conveyed in a particular scholarship."

Below are the scholarships and their topics:

Barry and Deanna Snyder, Sr. Chairman’s Scholarship (Three awards): $10,000 over two years with a focus on students who have experience in a leadership position.

Ruth Goode Nursing Scholarship:  Open only to students pursuing a degree in nursing, the recipient of this $5,000 scholarship will have demonstrated qualities that Ruth Goode embodied throughout her long and illustrious career.

Geraldine Memmo Scholarship:  For students who have shown an interest in Seneca and/or Native American history. $5,000 will be awarded to a student who demonstrates knowledge about our peoples’ rich and diverse heritage.

Seneca Gaming Corporation Scholarship: $5,000 awarded annually – focus on students interested in pursuing a degree in healthcare business and administration.

We know. The list above represents a pretty short list of college grants and scholarships for people with diabetes. We are very thankful for all the organizations that contribute, but it is a short list. For that reason, we want to remind all who are looking for college grants and scholarships based on the diabetic criteria that you have other options. You are eligible for college grants and scholarships based on other criteria such as gender, ethnicity, field of study, and more. We recommend that you visit one of our other web pages on this site for a long list of resources that we hope will help show you how to find more college grants and scholarships. The address is

The U.S. Department of Education provides funding for several grants. The Pell Grant is one of the most popular grants that many, many students receive year-after-year. PLEASE do NOT underestimate the value of the Pell Grant as well as other funding opportunities listed at their website. Many students will qualify for, at least, some Pell Grant money. Some students will qualify for the maximum amount of Pell Grant money, which is over $6,000. The maximum amount of money may change yearly.

PLEASE visit a College Financial Aid Office for more information about Federal and State grants, scholarships, and financial aid.

The good news about Pell grants and other funding from the U.S. Department of Education is that people can receive up to a little over $6,000. The not so good news is that IF you are awarded the maximum amount of money, then usually, this means that you are considered by "formulas" to be financially in need. However, if you can receive a large part of the grants, listed above, it can go A LONG WAY to getting you a good-paying job with good benefits. Let us give you a possible real-life example on how this CAN work. Let's pretend that you want to be a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Technologist). This career, like many occupations in the medical field, is in demand. You can make between $50,000 and $60,000 a year with very good benefits if you work at the right hospital. Many community colleges offer an associate degree for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Usually, the associate degree can be achieved in about two years. As of this writing, many community colleges offer classes for "in-district" fees of about (could be MORE) $80.00 a credit. Most classes are three or four credits a class. Let's say that your classes are four credits each. At $80.00 a credit, this means that each of your four-credit classes will be about $320.00. Let' say that you need 72 credits (approximately 18 classes) to receive the degree. Here is how important three, four, or five thousand dollars in grant money can be. You can take three classes a semester (12 credits) for three semesters (one year = fall, winter, spring/summer). This adds up to 36 credits for one year. The approximate cost of the classes for one year would be $2,880.00 (36 credits times $80.00 a credit). You do NOT need the maximum amount of the Pell Grant to fund a year's worth of classes. If you get more money, then that would be GREAT because it could pay for your BOOKS, which is another expense. Pell Grants are funded every year, SO you can ask for more money to fund the second year of community college so that you can pass your classes; fulfill the 72-credit requirement for the degree; take and pass the national certification examination; apply and be hired at a hospital where you can make around $50,000 with benefits for you and your family. Do NOT underestimate grant money from the U.S. Department of Education and do NOT underestimate the value of an education from a school other than a major university.

OTHER resources that may help find Scholarships:

Fastweb is an EXCELLENT scholarship service that is free. It is part of the company. Fastweb is one of the more well-respected and recognized free scholarship search services. You need to register and make a number of selections for your profile. Like most of the free search services, if you do not like the results, then go back and change (edit) some of your original profile criteria and then perform another search. This particular service allows you to choose criteria such as field of study, gender, medical condition, ethnicity, age, country of origin, disability, and much more.

Michigan State University Libraries Grants for Individuals at will list a lot of resources devoted to providing grants and scholarships based on different criteria.

College Grants and Scholarships with the Minimum Amount of Eligibility Requirements is a Kindle ebook that lists approximately 150 college scholarships that have the least amount of eligibility requirements, so that just about anyone can apply for these scholarships. There are only so many scholarships for a specific group of people, whether it is Hispanic, single mothers, women, nursing students, veterans, or other groups. This ebook can provide a list of more available scholarships. Some of these scholarships require writing an essay while others require filling out just an application. There are NOT many scholarships available without specific, limiting criteria. There are many resources that will list thousands of scholarships, but a majority of them will have very specific requirements that prevents many students from applying to most of the scholarships listed in the resources. However, this Kindle ebook lists scholarships that most people within the U.S. can apply for. If you do not have a Kindle, you can download the free Kindle Previewer in order to view Kindle books on your PC at OR . We know how difficult it is to format documents for the Kindle so the formatting might be kind of strange for some of the text. However, we find the text tolerable and the links work.

List of No Essay Scholarships Video is a YouTube Video that gives a brief explanation of scholarships without essays and then provides a list of some actual no essay scholarships. We know that the college scholarship without the essay requirement is a popular, but yet very hard-to-find scholarship. It is very frustating to write essay after essay and not be awarded a scholarship. This video will give information about scholarships without the essay requirement. Additional scholarships without the essay requirement are located at:

How to Apply for College Grants and Scholarships gives advice on the application process once you found the college grant and scholarship that meets your needs.

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