Mary Podjasek, President of the Diabetes Scholars Foundation informs me that over 1000 college scholarship applications were received from kids living with type 1 diabetes.
Think about that……..over 1000 applicants.
Imagine all of them in one graduating class; out to change the world. If you apply for a scholarship, you are not awarded based only on having type 1 diabetes; you are judged on an entire scale of requirements. What a shame they all cannot be given something. This year $204,000 was given in 49 scholarships. JUST INCREDIBLE.
The competition is fierce. Mary wrote me, “You can’t imagine what they are doing in spite of diabetes.” What an inspiration.
In 2012 these kids chose Duke, Cornell,Rice, Brown, Boston college and so many more majoring in Pre-med, Theatre, Dance, Chemistry, Heath Sciences, Political Science and so many more—-These are our kids; IMAGINE!!!!
What a road ahead to decide which kids should be awarded a monetary scholarship to pursue their dreams. I’m informed that the process involves many education professionals as well as lay people to further pay tribute to this organization as it undertakes keeping it ‘pure-in-intent’ throughout the process.
So those kids who are awarded, are surely worthy.
So congratulations to this years applicants and to those who will be awarded but most of all; to the Diabetes Scholars Organization’s President and Volunteer Board of directors and the many volunteers for helping kids with type 1 diabetes to realize their dreams………despite diabetes (and if you like education and have a buck or two lying around—click here and go to their webpage and donate—-you’ll feel good about it).
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