UCB Crohns Scholarship for Disabled Students
|February 7, 2012||Posted by admin under crohns scholarships, Disability Scholarships|
UCB is now offering a total of (30) UCB Crohn’s scholarship awards for disabled students who have Crohn’s disease. The UCB scholarship is to be awarded on a one-time basis and will amount up to $5,000 each. These UCB scholarship awards will be given to individuals with Crohn’s disease who are currently pursuing a post-high school degree. There are no age limits to the scholarships, ensuring anyone of any age who wishes to pursue advanced studies is able to receive the financial support they need. These scholarships may be used for pursuing an associate’s, bachelor’s or graduate degree or for a trade school certificate.
This disability scholarship program is specifically designed to assist applicants of any age. One of the primary eligibility guidelines for the scholarship is the demonstration of academic ambition and embracing a way of life that helps the individual to overcome the boundaries that may be imposed by living with Chron’s disease.
Applicants must be accepted for admission into a specialty school or college by no later than July 16th, to qualify for the scholarship. Applications for the scholarship must be postmarked by no later than February 10, 2012 to qualify for the scholarship. Applicants will also need to have their physician submit a verification of their diagnosis with Crohn’s disease as part of the application process. The statement from the physician will also need to detail the severity of the applicants condition and the symptoms they must live with.
The UCB Crohn’s Scholarship program is sponsored and was originally created by UCB in an effort to support that company’s commitment to providing patients with Crohn’s disease unique tools and programs to assist them to live beyond the boundaries imposed by their disease. There are currently no other disability scholarship programs open to patients of Crohn’s disease which are sponsored by a pharmaceutical company.
Chron’s disease is a type of autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the gastrointestinal or GI tract. The human body is designed to absorb nutrients from food such as carbohydrates and protein in order to fuel the body. The GI tract absorbs those nutrients and disposes of any waste from the food we eat. Beginning in the mouth, the GI tract, runs throughout the body and includes the intestines, stomach and esophagus. When an individual has Chron’s disease their immune system attacks the health cells located in the GI tract, resulting inflammation. This is why this condition is classified as an autoimmune disorder. The body produces antibodies that actually work against itself. Other types of autoimmune disorders include psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, Graves disease, lupus and psoriatic arthritis.
Individuals living with Crohn’s disease may experience symptoms in a different manner. Some people have more symptoms than others and some people have no symptoms at all. Some of the more common symptoms of this disease include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, weight loss, rectal bleeding, abscesses, fistulas or an abnormal tube opening that connect two organs and intestinal obstructions.
Approximately one-third of the population living with Crohn’s disease may also experience additional symptoms such as skin inflammation, joint inflammation and eye inflammation.
Although the stages of Crohn’s disease can vary among individuals, it is entirely possible to live a full and satisfying life in spite of the presence of this condition. Some people even experience remissions of the symptoms of Crohn’s disease from time to time.
There are also medications available to assist in minimizing the symptoms of the condition, as well as other advanced treatments and therapies that can help one to live with this condition and still pursue their goals in life. Such treatments include nutritional therapy and treatments as well as possible surgery that can help to minimize the symptoms and possibly even reduce the chances of a recurrence in the case of severe flare-ups. The purpose of the UCB Crohn’s scholarship program is to demonstrate support for individuals who are living with Crohn’s disease and still working to pursue academic achievements with this disability scholarship program.