College Scholarships Dealing with Sickle Cell Anemia
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Sickle cell disease is a hereditary blood disorder where an individual's red blood cells die prematurely and the body can't replace them fast enough. Anemia is the term used to describe the shortage of red blood cells. People of Mediterranean, Saudi Arabian, Latin American, African, and Indian heritage are most likely to develop the disease.
Kermit B. Nash Academic Scholarship
One scholarship in the amount of $5,000.00 per year is awarded; monies are payable for up to four years of study. US citizens (permanent residents only) diagnosed with sickle cell disease and planning on attending a four-year college program are eligible to apply.
The Scholarship Committee will take into account an applicant's GPA (3.0 or higher), SAT scores, level of community involvement, and how sickle cell has impacted his/her life. In addition, each applicant will submit an essay (1,000 words or less) on the subject of the impact sickle cell disease has had on either them personally or on society as a whole.
The recipient of this scholarship will attend the National Convention (airfare and one night's hotel accommodation will be provided) to accept their award. He or she will also deliver a brief presentation at the Convention.
The International Association of Sickle Cell Nurse and Physicians Assistants, Inc.
The Association offers $500.00 scholarships to individuals diagnosed with sickle cell who has either already enrolled in or been accepted to a post-secondary institution (trade school, college, or university). All applicants for this assistance are required to be sponsored by an active member of the organization.
Applicants will be evaluated based on their GPA, financial need, and participation in extracurricular activities at school and in the community. Download the application.
The Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California Scott Zuniga Memorial Scholarship Fund
Persons with sickle cell disease who live in Ventura, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, or San Bernardino Counties are eligible to apply for assistance from this Fund.
Based on the level of assistance needed, a successful applicant will be awarded $250.00-$500.00.
The Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois
The Association provides scholarship funds to Illinois residents diagnosed with sickle cell disease. Monies are disbursed based on an applicant's financial need.
Ohio Sickle Cell and Health Association
A scholarship fund has been set up to assist post-secondary students diagnosed with sickle cell disease. Students wishing to attend a technical school, college or university are eligible to apply for funding to assist with the cost of tuition, books, living expenses, and legal/medical plans.
Eight $500.00 scholarships are awarded annually to full-time students; in addition, four scholarships in the amount of $250.00 each are available to students studying part-time.
The Jacqueline M. Kidd Foundation
Financial aid is available to high school seniors who have been accepted to either a two or four-year college or university program.
To be eligible for funding from the Foundation, applicants must either have sickle cell disease themselves or have a parent with sickle cell, live with only one parent, and have obtained a GPA of at least 2.7.