Beyond Scholars


College is Expensive. So is Diabetes — We Can Help


College Students LaughingTuition, books, room and board, school supplies…

These are just a fraction of the monetary costs associated with attending college. If you’re a high-school senior living with diabetes, you already understand the concept of  “financial costs.” That’s because: 

People with diabetes incur annual medical expenditures approximately $12,022— which are 2.6 times higher than what would be expected without diabetes.

Couple that with the cost of college, and things can add up! Which is why Beyond Scholars can help you with your college expenses.

The 2024 Beyond Scholars Application is now closed. Stay tuned as we will announce our 2024 winners soon!



What is Beyond Scholars?

Beyond Scholars is a scholarship program designed specifically for the diabetes community.

Originally founded as the Diabetes Scholars Foundation in 2008, the program officially became a part of the Beyond Type 1 portfolio in 2018. Beyond Scholars offers scholarships of up to $5,000 for students living with diabetes as they pursue their educational dreams.

“Pursuing post-secondary education is no small—or inexpensive—feat, especially if you are a student living with a chronic illness,” says Kristian Hurley,  Senior VP of Programs, Advocacy and Health Equity at Beyond Type 1.. “We are incredibly proud to offer resources to this talented and deserving class of grads, and the many alumni before them.”

Since 2008 Beyond Scholars has provided students more than $2 million in scholarship money. Scholarships are made possible by individual and corporate donors.

Class of 2023

In 2023, Beyond Type 1 received more than 1,000 applicants, more than double last year, illuminating the increasing urgency to support students living with type 1 diabetes.

Twenty-four graduating high school students that live with type 1 diabetes from across the U.S. have been awarded scholarships of up to $5,000 from Beyond Scholars.

These scholarships are made possible by individual donors and partner organizations committed to supporting the path to higher education and students living with type 1 diabetes.

Congratulations to the 2023 Class of Beyond Scholars!

Q+A With the 2023 Scholars

Beyond Type 1 is honored to highlight the 2023 Class of Diabetes Scholars, which make up our future doctors, nurses, policymakers, educators, pilots, athletes and more!

College Resources


The application is intended for students to complete and not parents. We practice a holistic review process by seeking to understand each applicant as a whole individual, using factors such as academic excellence, extracurricular activities, volunteer history, unique interests, and strength of character demonstrated through personal essays.


Have more questions? Email questions to or view our Beyond Scholars webinar! Here you will find information on the application and how to complete it along with some valuable Q&A to help lead you to success!


Scholarships are made possible by individual and corporate donors. If you’d like to support future classes of Beyond Scholars, please consider making a contribution here.

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WRITTEN BY BT1 Editorial Team, POSTED 06/06/23, UPDATED 04/29/24

This piece was authored collaboratively by the Beyond Type 1 Editorial Team.