National College Scholarships for People with Type 1 Diabetes


Paying for college can be expensive. Luckily, there are a variety of scholarships open to those with Type 1 diabetes. Here’s a list of US scholarships and eligibility requirements.

Diabetes Scholars – a program of Beyond Type 1

  • Up to $5,000
  • Requirements:
    • incoming freshmen with T1D, US citizens or permanent residents
    • accredited four year university, college, technical, or trade school
    • recognizes students who have high academic performance, are involved in the diabetes community, and who demonstrate that they are successfully managing the challenges of living with diabetes

Scott & Kim Verplank Foundation Scholarships

  • Up to $10,000 (renewable) to be used toward tuition, student fees, and books
  • Requirements:
    • High school senior
    • Childhood diagnosis of T1D
    • Successfully managing diabetes with proper medication, exercise, and diet
    • 3.0 GPA or higher
    • Participation on an organized athletic team
    • U.S. Citizen

Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards

  • Two one-time $7,500 scholarships, eight regional awards of $3,000
  • Requirements:
    • 14-21 years old and living with diabetes
    • Plays tennis competitively in tournaments or on a school team
    • Money must be used for education, tennis development, or medical care

Team Type 1

  • Up to $5,000
  • Requirements:
    • Competitive athlete with T1D who attends an accredited NCAA or NAIA institution
    • GPA of 3.0 or better
    • Available for at least two Team Type 1 speaking opportunities

disABLEDperson, Inc. National Scholarship Competition

  • $2,000
  • Requirements:
    • Student with disability enrolled in a 2 or 4 year accredited college or university in the United States of America full time
    • U.S. citizen

Diabetes, Incorporated

  • $1,000
  • Requirements:
    • High school senior or current college student
    • Contribution to their community through service
    • Applicant must have diabetes or have an immediate family member who has diabetes and a family member must be a current Diabetes, Incorporated member
    • Preference given to applicants who have been past participants or volunteers at Kamp for Kids and/or Diabetes Incorporated

Lost Angeles DUI Attorney Diabetes Scholarship

  • $1,000
  • Requirements:
    • Diagnosed with diabetes
    • Accepted or enrolled in an accredited college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student
    • 3.0 GPA or better

Nightscout Foundation Community Scholarship

To be eligible, recipients must:

  • Be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes
  • Be an admitted student to an accredited College or University (two or four year degree programs and post-graduate study are acceptable)
  • Have a GPA of 2.25 or greater
  • Be officially enrolled
  • A preference is given to students with an interest in STEM and related areas of study, but is not the sole determination for awarding

AAHD Scholarship on Health and Disability

  • Up to $1,000
  • Requirements:
    • Student with a disability (as defined by the American with Disabilities Act)
    • Pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies at an U.S. university
    • At least a sophomore in an accredited university
    • Studying a field related to health and disability
    • U.S. citizen or legal resident living in the US
    • Preference is given to students with a history of community service

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