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Melissa’s Hope Scholarship

The Melissa’s Hope Scholarships serve as a tribute to Melissa Centrella’s life of courage and love. Each year, Melissa’s Hope awards several scholarships to New Jersey students pursuing careers in nursing, medical sciences or a medical technical field. Because medicine and care were so important to Melissa’s daily life, she had a deep respect for the people that helped to bring dignity, comfort and attention to her special needs. Questions regarding the scholarship program may be sent to

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. You must be a New Jersey resident

  2. Grades: You must have a 3.0+ grade point average

  3. Applicants must have a history of volunteerism and/or community involvement

  4. Transcript of grades must be emailed to:, subject line: ‘[Your name] – Scholarship Application’

The Melissa’s Hope Scholarship is available to students who will be enrolled in a college, graduate or medical school, nursing or medical trade school for the upcoming academic year. The scholarships range from $1,000-3,000. Applicants will be emailed decisions by April 30th, 2020. Recipients will be presented their scholarships at a special Award Brunch held in honor of them and their families; the date for that event will be communicated to award recipients. Awards are not mailed. Scholarship


  • A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to the applicant chosen.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Applicant must be currently attending a college or university, or will be attending in the fall of 2020.
  • Applicant must have a min. of 3.0 GPA based on the previous school year’s academic performance.
  • For the essay portion of the application, please write an essay on the topic: “Why I want to pursue a career in the medical field.” The essay must be 400 words or more. Be sure to include personal experiences, and your thoughts on the importance of saving money.

The “Save a Life” Scholarship

Learning CPR and basic first aid are ways any one of us could potentially save a life. The educators and healthcare professionals of tomorrow take this mission even further by pursuing careers dedicated to the advancement of health and wellness. That is why The American Academy of CPR and First Aid is proud to sponsor the “Save a Life” Scholarship, offered exclusively to students majoring in the healthcare and education fields.

We know that care-giving and teaching can both be challenging but incredibly rewarding professions. That’s precisely why we made this commitment to further the education and career development of future doctors, nurses, technicians, professors, and teachers of all areas of specialization with this scholarship. We want to help with your education.

The “Save a Life” Scholarship

The “Save a Life” Scholarship of, $1,500, is awarded twice per year: once in the spring and once in the fall. Each $1,500 award will go to a different student, in order to maximize the impact of the scholarship, spread the word of the importance first aid and CPR training, and share more stories from future educators and healthcare professionals.

Scholarship Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Any student currently enrolled in, or applying to enroll within the next academic year, in a degree program in the fields of healthcare or education, at an accredited U.S. university, is eligible to apply.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • We take a broad view of what counts as a “healthcare field,” and that can include students pursuing mental health degrees or occupations, as well as administrative and non-profit programs. Applicants will have the opportunity to make their case for why their chosen field of study can be classified as healthcare or education-focused as part of their essay.
  • If you aren’t selected, that doesn’t mean we aren’t interested in your story — we still want to hear from you! Unsuccessful applicants may re-apply in subsequent scholarship rounds. Scholarships will only be awarded one time to each winner. Past winners are not eligible to apply again.
  • Scholarship winner will need to submit a photo copy of government issued state identification card or driver license.


How To Apply:

Qualifying applicants will submit the following information via email to

  • Your name, address, phone number, and email
  • Your scholarship essay of between 750 and 1,000 words, explaining your career aspirations, how you plan to advance healthcare and/or education through your work, and what inspired you to commit yourself to this field. Your scholarship essay can be attached as a Word file, or linked as a Google Doc.
  • Submit your essay before each deadline. Essays received after the deadline will not be considered.
    • Fall Scholarship Deadline – October 1st
    • Spring Scholarship Deadline – May 1st
  • A copy of your most recent academic transcript to prove enrollment in a qualifying degree program from accredited US institutions.

    — or —

  • A copy of your letter of acceptance, proving future enrollment in a qualifying degree program from accredited US institutions.

Jan Egerton and Don Smitley Mesothelioma Scholarship

Mesothelioma Help is pleased to announce the “Jan Egerton and Don Smitley Mesothelioma Scholarship.”  Four scholarships in the names of these two mesothelioma warriors are available.

The scholarship is available to students in colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Our goal is to help the educational efforts of students while raising awareness of mesothelioma, provide information about its prognosis and the dangers of being exposed to asbestos.

Mesothelioma is a disease that affects men and women – both young and old.

Please address some or all of the following questions in your essay:

Share your personal story dealing with asbestos disease or cancer. Talk about how it affected your life and how/whether it impacted your education/career choice.
What do you hope to do with the education you are receiving to help cancer patients?
Why is raising awareness and educating the public about the dangers of asbestos and the impact of mesothelioma on a family important?
What would you say to someone who is fighting mesothelioma or to a family member who recently lost a loved one to the disease?

NJCTS Youth Scholarship

The NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders, Inc. (NJCTS) is proud to announce the 2019
scholarship awards to graduating New Jersey high school seniors diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. The top
award is $1,000.00. A scholarship award recipient must:
• Download/print out, complete and return the application form on
pages 2, 3 and 4 of this document by April 05, 2019. Scanned and
emailed applications will be accepted.
• Be domiciled in the State of New Jersey
• Be a high school senior in a private, public, or home school
• Be planning to attend a college or trade school on a
part-time or full-time basis in Fall 2019
• Have a diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome
• Provide a record of grades from 9th grade to present (it can be an
unofficial transcript).
• Provide letters of recommendation from a member(s) of his/her
school staff (such as teacher or guidance counselor), coaches
(who have known you for four years or less) and/or community
people who know you well (church or other community members)
 Submit an essay of 1 to 2 pages, typed and double spaced, describing how Tourette Syndrome has
played a part in your life. You may also submit media (pictures, video, music) displaying your talent(s).
Please make it no more than 5 minutes in length.

Diabetes Scholars

Diabetes scholars offer general scholarships open to high school seniors headed to college/university in 2019 living with Type 1 diabetes. We also offer a set of scholarships with unique parameters like prospective major, geographic location, or excellence in athletics or the arts.

There is one application to be considered for any and all of the scholarships – all students who fill out the application will be considered for those scholarships that match them.


  • High School Seniors with Type 1 diabetes seeking a higher education at an accredited four year university, college, technical or trade school.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Recipients are selected based on activities, grades, volunteering, advocacy, leadership, essays and recommendations from both a physician/CDE treating them as well as from a high school teacher/counselor.
  • Diabetes Scholars scholarships are not based on financial need.
  • The application is an online application and requires both recommendations to be completed online.  The applicants will not be able to submit their application unless both recommendations have been completed and returned.
  • There is one application and students will be considered for those scholarships that match them.
  • The scholarship is a very competitive scholarship and is intended for the student to complete and not the parent.
  • Applicants are due by midnight (CST) on April 15, 2020.

Candice’s Sickle Cell Fund Scholarship

Since the inception of this organization we have been providing three scholarships each year to students with sickle cell disease who are pursuing higher education.

REFERENCES: Each applicant must submit two reference letters in a sealed envelope to be
considered for scholarship.
ESSAY: Each applicant must submit a 250-word essay typewritten in double-spaced format to
include how the Sickle Cell Disease has affected their life and education. Each applicant should
also include what their educational goals are and how they expect to achieve them , in addition,
what person has been instrumental in their lives to help them persevere.
Every Scholarship winner is required to commit at least 5 hours minimum of their time towards
one of the various Candice’s Sickle Cell Fund activities during the year they receive their
Entries must be postmarked no later than April 14 of the scholarship year and submitted to Ms.
Candice Young-Deler, P.O. Box 672237, Bronx, NY 10467. Candidates will be notified of decisions
by email. Winner must be present at the Candice’s Sickle Cell Scholarship Luncheon in June of the
scholarship year to receive the scholarship award. We look forward to hearing from you.

Jack and Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship

In 2019, Project Sleep plans to award 15 scholarships of $1000 each, including 10 scholarships to students with narcolepsy and five scholarships to students with idiopathic hypersomnia, thanks to a partnership with the Hypersomnia Foundation.

High school seniors diagnosed with narcolepsy or idiopathic hypersomnia planning to attend a four-year university starting in fall 2019 are encouraged to apply.

1. Applicant must be a high school senior diagnosed with narcolepsy or idiopathic
hypersomnia who will attend a four-year university starting in the fall of 2019.
2. CHECKLIST: The following must be included in your submission for your application to be
considered complete: (Transcripts and doctor’s letter can be sent in separately.)

Completed and signed scholarship application. Additional parent/guardian signature
is required if the applicant is under the age of 18 (Page 3 of this packet)

Signed letter from an accredited sleep doctor or neurologist with confirmed
diagnosis (can re-purpose a letter created for another purpose like school

Official transcripts of grades completed through the most recent semester
Release authorization (Page 2 of this packet)

A portrait professional-style headshot photo – Do not send photo from a copier

A list of extra-curricular activities including but not limited to clubs/organizations,
employment and community projects/teams – Please include any honors, officer or
leadership roles

ACT or SAT exam results (screenshot from ACT/SAT website is acceptable)

One personal essay response to the topic below (500 word min – 1000 word max):
If you could go back in time and speak to yourself on the day you were diagnosed,
what would you say? What advice or perspective would you share with your
younger self? Please write a letter to yourself on your diagnosis day.

Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards

Novo Nordisk, the leading pharmaceutical company in diabetes care, is proud to be the sponsor of the Donnelly Awards. Billie Jean King established the awards in 1998 to encourage diabetic children to lead an active life and compete in tennis. The awards provide scholarships to young tennis players living with diabetes and are named after two long-time World TeamTennis executives, sisters, and tennis champions, Diane Donnelly Stone and Tracey Donnelly Maltby. Stone was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Northwestern University, and Maltby earned All-Big Ten honors at the University of Iowa. Both women have had diabetes since childhood.

The Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards annually award $39,000 in scholarships, including two one-time $7,500 scholarships given to two young people, ages 14-21, who have diabetes and play tennis competitively in tournaments or on their school team. Eight regional awards of $3,000 are also granted. The awards are to be used for education, tennis development and/or medical care.

PCRF Survivor’s Scholarship

Applicants for this scholarship award must:

  1. Be graduating high school seniors, community college students or 4-year university students who have been treated for pediatric cancer. A note from the treating doctor must be supplied to certify that the applicant has been in treatment.
  2. Be students who are enrolled full time for the upcoming term.
  3. Have a minimum 2.5 GPA.


Scholarships will be awarded & granted for the total amount in the PCRF Scholarship Fund for that year. The total amount granted each year will vary. Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000. Recipients are selected without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, handicap, or national origin.

Selection of Recipients

The PCRF Scholarship Committee will review applications and assess them based on the quality of the essay, intentions of the scholar, and the completeness of the application. Winners will be notified by early summer.

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