We are offering two $500 scholarships for graduating high school seniors in the United States with the intent of pursuing a college degree. It is our intent to award the scholarships to individuals suffering from a form of IBD, who have actively worked to advocate for awareness and/or raise funds for IBD. Qualified applicants must be diagnosed with a form of IBD such as Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, or Diverticulitis. Qualified applicants must have also been accepted into at least one institution of higher education. There is no minimum GPA requirement to be considered for this scholarship.
Applying for this scholarship consists simply of providing basic information as well as an essay of at least 250 words. Your essay should explain how IBD has changed your life and should detail anything you have done to advocate for the cause.
The judging process will consist of two stages. In stage 1, a panel of judges will review your application and choose which will proceed to Stage 2. If at least 4 judges accept your application, it will be judged in stage 2. Stage 2 judging consists of each judge rating your application on a scale of 1 - 10, taking into consideration both the quality of your application and the level of your accomplishments. In the event of a tie-breaker, judges will deliberate a stage 3 discussion to choose the recipient.
Rob has been battling Ulcerative Colitis for almost two years now since he was 19. When he's not doing everything he can to support the IBD community, he's writing software in the energy industry and cofounding several small technology startups. He's known on Twitter for hosting small challenges and giving away Amazon gift cards to IBDers who complete them every few months.
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when I was 17 years old. From that point forward, I promised myself I would do whatever it takes to not only beat this disease, but help others who had just been diagnosed at the age I was diagnosed at. We don't choose to wake up with #IBD every day, but we do. And we're doing our best. If you want to fight us, get in line, fight with us, stand beside us! #purpleproject
Hi my name is Ally and I've been battling Ulcerative Colitis since 9th grade in 2007 but officially diagnosed in the summer of 2008. I'm an X-ray student, committed to a healthy lifestyle, and obsessed with my Maltese, Lola. Since IBD is an invisible illness my goal is to educate others what we truly go through to live our lives as normally and to the fullest the best we can. Being strong is our only option!
Katelyn was officially diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in August of 2012 but has been battling it since 2004. She is a junior at the University of Michigan studying history, and she enjoys cooking, yoga, sexy cars, and spending time with her family and friends. Since her diagnosis, she has made it her mission to educate others about IBD and connect with fellow IBDers to create a network of support.
Hey my name is Whitney. I am a law student battling crohns. I had a full colectomy in 2011. Now living with an ileostomy. I am passionate about giving back to the IBD community. Through this scholarship program I hope to empower young people. No matter what you are battling with, you can still achieve your goals.
To apply, download and fill out this form. Send your application along with your essay to this address. We will confirm that we have received your application and will inform you of our decision by May 10th, 2014.
We will attempt to work with your high school to present you a check at your commencement or award ceremony. If this is not possible or you would prefer not to receive your award publicly, we will mail you a check. Award money is currently being funded solely by Rob Szkutak.
We would love to be able to award more $500 scholarships. If you are interested in an opportunity to match our donations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to reach out to any of us
Please send all applications and inquiries to:
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