What you don’t know about the Diabetes Scholars Foundation

The Diabetes Scholars Foundation does amazing work. I hope to introduce you to part of their magic that you may not be aware of.

They are best known for helping people get to CWD’s Friends for Life conferences, and they have helped so many families, young adults, and adults experience these life-changing events that would have been impossible otherwise.

But there’s another important mission of the Diabetes Scholars Foundation that you need to know about – college scholarships.

Diabetes Scholars Foundation Logo

The Diabetes Scholars Foundation College Scholarships recognize students who are actively involved in the diabetes community, have high academic performance, participate in community and/or extracurricular activities, are leaders in their school and community and demonstrate they are successfully managing the challenges of living with type 1 diabetes. This year alone they received over 2,400 applications from all 50 states.

To date, the Diabetes Scholars Foundation has awarded over $1 Million Dollars in college scholarships to students with type 1 diabetes!

Here’s a fun look at the class of 2015. Congratulations, students! Way to go!


I’d also like to send a HUGE thank you to all of the sponsors and donors who help make this happen:

  • Lilly Diabetes
  • Novo Nordisk
  • The Jay Cutler Foundation
  • Type 1 for 66 years
  • The David Law Firm
  • Mr. Jay Franke & Mr. David Herro
  • Family of Bradley Gendron
  • Family of Josh Smith
  • Family of Nicky Randazzo
  • The Gaspari Family
  • The Podjasek Family

Want to learn how you can help? Contact Mary Podjasek or head straight to the donations page.

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8 thoughts on “What you don’t know about the Diabetes Scholars Foundation

  1. Scott:

    Will you mind if I use this idea for a blog ? I am very supportive of scholarships for kids, and if I write it an place the item on TUD, it might get some traction. I will go after it more for HS seniors than conference items ( I did that last year ).

    So many folks in the spring ask what is there for diabetes and often by the time they ask there is nothing specific for diabetes. Some of those kids might qualify if they would set themselves in better stead before the deadline.

    At any rate, if a similar blog appears from me I would rather do it with your blessing then not. I will of course mention I took (stole) the idea from you . Hey is theft a form of flattery? I do not know about that specifically. But well maybe.


    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Anthony. I don’t know much about the nitty-gritty details of the programs, but I’m sure Mary would be happy to answer any specific questions you have if it would help.

  2. Scott, thanks for this blog. I knew about the scholarships for attending FFL, but did not know about the students scholarships. I was a teacher for many years, and on the scholarship committee for students at the college where I taught. I saw many people who could not afford the college expenses get scholarships. I really appreciate what Diabetes Scholars Foundation is doing!!

  3. Interesting. Looking into scholarships for my son right now but it seems there are few multi-ethnic non-musically inclined non-athletically inclined non-politically connected scholarship opportunities. Didn’t even know there was one for PWD.

    • Khürt, thanks, as always, for stopping by. Let me know if you’d like me to introduce you to Mary. She’d be happy to answer any questions you have and tell you more about the scholarships.