The FINANCIAL -- The Diabetes Scholars Foundation announced its 2012 college
The recipients, all young adults with type 1 diabetes, hail from cities nationwide and demonstrate a drive to succeed without letting diabetes stand in their way.
According to Eli Lilly and Company, over the last five years, the Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 in college scholarships to young adults with type 1 diabetes.
This year's scholarship pool was enhanced in March by a donation of $100,000 from Lilly Diabetes to support the newly established Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow's Leaders Scholarships and the Foundation's mission to empower young adults with type 1 diabetes to live their lives to the fullest.
"We are so proud of all of our scholarship grantees," said Mary Podjasek, president, Diabetes Scholars Foundation. "Each recipient has demonstrated a passion for learning in addition to being pillars of their communities, all while effectively managing their type 1 diabetes. And, this year we are especially pleased to have the support of Lilly Diabetes who has helped send 21 more students with type 1 diabetes to college."
Foundation scholarships recognize 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. Recipients like Hannah, who will be studying pre-med at Cornell University, and Katie, who will be majoring in biology at Northwestern University are just a few of this year's standouts."Lilly Diabetes is truly inspired by these scholarship winners, and we are honored to support the Foundation as part of our ongoing commitment to improving the lives of people with diabetes," said Steve Sugino, vice president, Lilly Diabetes. "Each of these young adults faces unique challenges with type 1 diabetes, and as they head off to college this fall, we're proud to play a part in their academic journey."
In addition to the college scholarships, the Foundation also announced its grantees from a separate program that provides conference scholarships to families to attend the annual children with DIABETES Friends for Life conference in Orlando. This July, 18 families and seven young adults will have the chance to learn from the world's leading scientists and clinicians in diabetes, meet with thousands of other families just like them, and learn and share experiences with other families with children with type 1 diabetes. Ten of those Foundation family scholarships were made possible through the support from Lilly Diabetes.