The program provides support for dialysis patients and kidney transplant recipients living in Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma to further their education or vocational training as part of an effort to initiate, maintain or resume employment and independent living.
Eligibility:Individuals residing in the United States, in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma only, who have been diagnosed with Stage 5 chronic kidney disease, are eligible to apply for the Carolyn Wilson Dialysis Patient Scholarship Program.The American Kidney Fund is committed to providing scholarships to all dialysis patients who meet the following scholarship program guidelines.+ Must be a resident of Arkansas, Louisiana or Oklahoma + Must demonstrate financial need through the expenses vs. income table (#6 on application)+ Must be a current dialysis patient or a kidney transplant recipientWhile this program is for patients diagnosed with Stage 5 kidney disease (ESRD), priority will be given to dialysis patients.Qualifying Programs and Expenses:Scholarships will be provided for university, college, community college education or vocational training. Scholarships will be provided for tuition only. Funds will not be available for books, transportation to classes, and other related needs.Amount of Award:Scholarships of up to $5,000 per year, per person, will be awarded.Scholarships will be awarded for one year. Subsequent years’ funding will depend on availability of funds and documentation of successful completion of the previous year. Applicants can receive funding for up to two years and are required to reapply to be considered for second year funding. If awarded a scholarship, tuition will be paid directly to the educational institution.Reporting Requirements:In order to maintain this scholarship program, applicants must be able to demonstrate success. Therefore, AKF requires scholarship recipients to provide a progress report at completion of the academic term for which funding was received, including a transcript showing that student is maintaining a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or, if in vocational training, student must demonstrate continued advancement or completion of vocational course work.Application Process:Applicants are required to submit a complete application and+ An essay describing the effect of kidney disease on their lives; and how the proposed education or training program will enhance their ability to initiate, maintain or resume employment and independent living.+ A reference from a nephrology professional caring for the patient with an assessment of the patient’s ability to maintain compliance with their treatment regimen while pursuing the educational or vocational programCompleted application packets must be mailed to:American Kidney FundAttn: Education11921 Rockville Pike, Ste. 300Rockville, MD 20852Applications must be postmarked by July 29. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.