College Essay Diabetes

College is expensive and so is diabetes! The CDN team has compiled this list of scholarships for current and incoming college students. 

National Diabetes Scholarships

AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability
Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled full time in an undergraduate school as a junior or above, or be enrolled full- or part-time in a graduate school, and have a documented disability and provide documentation of their disability. Applicants must be citizens or legal residents of the US and must be enrolled in an accredited US college university. Preference will be given to students majoring in public health, disability studies or research, health promotion, or a field related to diabetes and health.
Scholarship Amounts: $1,000
Deadline: November 15, 2018

Diabetes Incorporated
Eligibility: Diabetic high school seniors going to college, or students currently in college.
Scholarship Amounts: $1,000
Deadline: April 15, 2018

Disabledperson, Inc. National Scholarship Competition for College Students with Disabilities
Eligibility: Enrolled in a 2-4 year accredited college or university in the U.S., matriculated student and attending school full time, U.S. citizen, proof of disability through Disability Student Services department, and written essay.
Scholarship Amounts: $2,000
Deadline: 2018-2019 school year information not yet available

Diabetes Scholars Foundation Scholarships
Eligibility: High school seniors/incoming college freshmen with diabetes.
Scholarship Amounts: $5,000, $4,000, $3,000, or $1,000
Deadline: April 15th, 2018

Los Angeles DUI Attorney Diabetes Scholarship
Eligibility: Any student who has diabetes and has been accepted to, or is in enrolled in, an accredited college or university in the U.S.
Scholarship Amounts: $1,000
Deadline: December 15th, 2018

Every Step Counts Scholarship Program

  • Living with T1D.
  • accepted or enrolled at an accredited university.
  • full-time students with above a 3.5 GPA.
  • United States citizens or legal residents living in the United States.
Preference will be given to students who show:
  • commitment to improving lives of others with T1D or other chronic conditions.
  • leadership and potential to create positive impact within the T1D community.
  • interesting personalities and hobbies.
  • passion in an area of interest.
  • $500 for an incoming freshman, and $500 for a current undergraduate.
Deadline: April 1st, 2018.

Sports Related Diabetes Scholarships

Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards
Eligibility: Two one-time national awards of $5,000 each given annually to two young people aged 14-21 who have diabetes and play tennis competitively in tournaments or on their school team. Six regional awards of $2,500 each will also be granted. The awards are to be used for education, tennis development, and/or medical care.
Scholarship Amounts: $7,500 and $3,000
Deadline: April 1, 2018 

Elligibility: students with T1D are considered based on character, hard work, perseverance, need, and the love of learning.
Scholarship amounts: $5,000
Deadline: 2018-2019 school year information not available yet.

Scott And Kim Verplank Foundation
Childhood diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes
Successfully managing diabetes with proper medication, exercise, and diet.
Commitment to education by maintaining an 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.
Scholarship Amounts: $10,000 (renewable for up to four years)
Deadline: April 15, 2018

Team Type 1 Scholarships
Eligibility: Students with Type 1 diabetes who are/will be attending an accredited NCAA Institution and who compete in an NCAA sport. Minimum GPA of 3.0.
Scholarship Amounts: $5,000
Deadline: 2019-2020 deadline not available yet.

Regional Diabetes Scholarships

Aimee Melissa Davis Scholarship
Eligibility: High school seniors with type 1 diabetes from a Travis, Hays or Williamson County, Texas.
Scholarship Amounts: $5,000
Deadline: April 1st, 2018

Central Ohio Diabetes Association
Eligibility: Central Ohio students with diabetes.
Scholarship Amounts: $500, $1,000
Deadline: February 24, 2018 

Diabetes Hope Foundation Scholarship
Eligibility: Canadian high school students with diabetes from Ontario and Nova Scotia.
Scholarship Amounts: $2,500
Deadline: March 9th, 2018

Incight Scholarship
Eligibility: Any student from Oregon, Washington or California who has a disability and will be attending an institution of higher education in.
Scholarship Amounts: $500 - $1,500
Deadline: Application is by invite only. Email <> for more information regarding the 2017-2018 application. Deadline is April 1st, 2018.

John E. Kostic Memorial Foundation Juvenile Diabetes Scholarship
Eligibility: High school seniors from New Jersey with diabetes seeking a higher education at an accredited four year university, college, technical or trade school.
Scholarship Amounts: $5,000
Deadline: May 11, 2018

Thomas Seefred Trust Scholarship
Eligibility: Ohio residents with diabetes between the ages of 18 and 25 pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
Scholarship Amounts: $3,000
Deadline: May 1, 2018

Type 1 Champions Scholarship Program - Kids With Courage Foundation
Eligibility: Graduating seniors and current college students with Type 1 that live in Missouri or Kansas
Scholarship Amounts: $1000, $1500, or $2500
Deadline: April 15, 2017 (2018-2019 school year information not yet available).

Academic Interest Scholarships

American Association Of Diabetes Educators
Eligibility: There are several scholarships available to members of the association, including students.
Scholarship Amounts: Scholarships vary, and are meant to ease the cost of attending the annual AADE conference.
Deadline: 2018 scholarship info not available yet

NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Eligibility: Full-time student/US citizen at an accredited 4-year university. Minimum GPA of 3.3 or within the top 5 percent of your class. Demonstrates “Exceptional Financial Need.”
Scholarship Amounts: $20,000. Paid research training at the NIH during the summer, paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation.
Deadline: March 15, 2018 

Scholarships For Students Pursuing A Law Degree Katz & Phillips 2014 Ashley Rose Honorary Diabetes Scholar Award
Eligibility: Applicant must be either a current law student at an accredited law school or a student entering law school (having already been accepted to an accredited law school) this year. Applicants must have a minimum 2.8 GPA. Applicants must submit an official copy of their transcript.
Scholarship Amounts: $1,000
Deadline: July 31, 2018

Scholarship Search Tools

Scholly - Scholarship Search Tool
Eligibility: Scholly is a comprehensive scholarship matching platform that can be used by high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students. Access to Scholly costs $2.99.

Page last updated: 3/2/2018

During the past 10 years, Chase has had success raising awareness about diabetes. His services throughout his community have been many. What's even more remarkable to his friends and family, however, is how he has chosen to live with diabetes.

Ups and downs of diabetes

In an essay entitled "Good and Bad Things about Diabetes," Chase wrote, “I never thought diabetes would have good things, but there are a few.”

Some of those positives, he says, are getting to be the first one in the lunch line, meeting Donovan McNabb at the Donovan McNabb-sponsored American Diabetes Association camp, learning to eat healthier and getting a cell phone.

Chase admits there are negative aspects of diabetes, as well.

“Sometimes it makes me feel weird because no one else is testing their blood and taking shots … when I feel low it feels really bad," Chase says. "Sometimes it causes a lot of questions from people who are interested. When some find out the details, they will either hang out with me a lot or not at all. So that’s a good and a bad thing.”

He finishes the essay with:

“my attitude also reflects the good and bad things about diabetes. if i have a bad attitude, it seems like there are more bad things... and vice versa.”

For Chase and others with diabetes, there are ups and downs. No one has great blood sugar numbers all the time. It's easy to get tired of the daily management tasks. But Chase recognizes that for every bad day there will be a good one, and that living with diabetes is an ongoing process.

Giving back to his community

After attending Camp Green Lane, a camp for children and teens with diabetes, Chase became a camp counselor. 

He also visits area middle schools to talk about what it's like to live with diabetes. He's even raised money for diabetes research and education by participating in three walks, and walked to support other causes, including cerebral palsy, breast cancer awareness and homelessness.

One of his biggest accomplishments was writing a book, When I Got Diabetes: Letters to Chase — a collection of letters Chase solicited from people of all ages with type 1 diabetes. His book was self-published and he donated more than 100 copies to newly diagnosed patients.

Excelling in school

Also active in sports, Chase played lacrosse for six years as well as becoming a certified life-guard. His senior year of high school was exceptionally busy. A member of the National Honor Society, he maintained a 4.0 average, and was elected as his high school’s Homecoming and Prom King. He applied to several colleges and received multiple scholarships including the Delaware Diabetes Coalition Scholarship.

Originally posted: February 2011

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