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#RAREis Scholarship Fund
Application status: Closed
The EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases has established the #RAREis Scholarship Fund to help adults with rare diseases in a variety of educational pursuits, regardless of treatment status. Thanks to the support of Horizon Therapeutics plc, one-time awards of $5,000 each will be granted up to 32 recipients for the Spring 2021 semester.

Scholarship America is facilitating the #RAREis Scholarship Fund on behalf of The EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases. Scholarship America will manage the scholarship application process, selection process and distribution of funds independent of Horizon Therapeutics input. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin

Applicants to the #RAREis Scholarship Fund must

  • Be U.S. residents who have been diagnosed* by a physician as having any form of rare disease regardless of treatment status. Applicants will be asked to provide a Diagnosis Verification Form provided by a physician verifying diagnosis.
  • Plan to enroll full-time or part-time** in undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical/trade school for the Spring 2021 semester.
  • Be 17 years old or older

*Undiagnosed applicants may apply with completed Diagnosis Verification Form by a physician.
**There is no minimum amount of credit hours to be part-time (example, one class is considered part time).

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. Up to (32) awards will be granted. Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Awards are for accredited courses; including vocational-technical/trade school, undergraduate, graduate study and single classes verified under an accredited program.

Selection of Recipients
Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of an essay*, leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, and academic performance.

*Essay topic: What do you aspire to be and do in the rare disease community and how will this scholarship help you achieve those goals? (2,000 characters maximum)

Financial need will be considered.

Applicants will be notified in October. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Payment of Scholarships
Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of THE EVERYLIFE FOUNDATION FOR RARE DISEASES. Payments are made payable to the institution in one installment in December and sent directly to the individual.

As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:

  1. Your most recent transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
  2. A Diagnosis Verification Form must be completed by a physician and uploaded to your application. No exceptions.

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

THE EVERYLIFE FOUNDATION FOR RARE DISEASES has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you the Scholarship America Student Hub to start the application process today!

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