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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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate, and Senior Community Manager at Blue Circle Health. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent my employer’s position. Read more…

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