College Scholarships for People With Asthma

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If you are a senior getting ready for college, asthma scholarships may help you achieve your goals. You can check out these asthma scholarships and help make your college costs a little less. Living with asthma can be a real challenge. Yet every day, asthma sufferers overcome obstacles and achieve great things—in every life endeavor imaginable. A number of organizations want to honor this.

Who Sponsors Scholarships for Students with Asthma?

As you will see from the links below, scholarships for students with asthma are supported by professional associations, advocacy groups (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America) and others that treat, raise awareness and try to improve the lives of people asthma. Drug companies in the asthma and allergy field also sponsor scholarship programs for students with asthma and allergies. Additionally, other companies offer students with chronic illness or disabilities scholarships that you may be eligible for.

You should consider contacting your asthma doctor to see if they are aware of any available scholarships.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)

Local chapters of the AAFA provide asthma scholarships to local high school seniors with asthma. Because each local chapter manages its asthma scholarships the criteria and application process are slightly different. Several AAFA asthma scholarships are listed below:

  • New England AAFA Asthma Scholarships
  • The AAFA-Texas Kareem Bacchus Memorial Scholarships- 3 of these scholarships of $1500 are awarded annually. They require a short essay as well as letters of recommendation.​
  • Texas Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society (TAAIS)'s Memorial Foundation Asthma Scholarship Award. $1500 awards made directly to a college for an asthma student pursuing higher education.

Individual Clinics Offering Asthma & Allergy Scholarships

You might also check with your own local doctor. A number of different clinics have begun offering scholarships for higher education for their patients with asthma and allergies.

Drs. Lockey, Fox, Ledford, and Glaum of a local clinic in Tampa, Florida offer a one-time-only grant paid directly to your college for undergraduate study in the academic year in which the scholarship was awarded. The physicians and staff of the clinic form the panel making the award. You must be a patient of the practice for one year.

In honor of their founding partners, the physicians of Colorado Allergy & Asthma Centers offer four $1,000 scholarships to current patients who are pursuing higher education- undergraduate or graduate. Similarly, Colorado Allergy & Asthma Centers requires that you have been a patient for one year and you n only receive it once.

Other Scholarships Students with Asthma Could Consider

A number of other scholarships are available that might not pertain specifically pertain to asthma, but might be ones you can apply for.

The Visine Students with Vision Scholarship Program targets students with eye allergies that excel academically, demonstrate leadership in community service and extracurricular activities, and are making huge strides toward their goals. while not all asthmatics have eye allergies, this program might benefit you if you do.

There are also a number of scholarships available for patients with disabilities. Asthma can, in certain instances, be classified as a disability. Likewise, the individual scholarship classifications for disability may vary. One such scholarship is the Google Lime Scholarship. This $10,000 dollar scholarship targets students with a disability and also a passion for computer science. Additional benefits include an invitation to attend the annual Google Scholars' Retreat at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California and consideration for software engineering internship opportunities with Google. The disability definition includes "invisible disability (defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term, or recurring, issue that impacts one or more major activities that others may consider to be a daily function)." You will just need to make an argument for why you might be a good choice.

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