The program has been in place for 16 years, and continues to grow in terms of the funding it can offer to those wishing to go to college. They also strongly advocate to their partnering groups to help participate in offering scholarships for disabilities. What is important to learn about transplant scholarships is that many of them are regionally based.
Transplant Scholarships for Disabled Students and Awards
Each of the recipients of these transplant scholarships is awarded $1,000 which can be used at any accredited college. The number of disability scholarships varies depending on the number of applicants and the available funds. The goal is to help as many people in need of financial assistance as possible that fit the criteria. The TRIO application deadline is June 30th annually and winners will be notified prior to the start of the fall semester. TRIO also is a partner with many other programs that offer transplant scholarships including the following:
The Jessica Beth Schwartz Scholarship for Transplant Students
The award amount is up to $2,500 for transplant recipients under the age of 25. They must be either a senior in high school or enrolled in a college program (either 2 or 4 years and accredited). Only applicants that live in the Donor of Life Program region are eligible. This includes the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
David Nelson Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
This is a disabled scholarship fund available to the children of a donor. The children must also live in the Donor of Life Program region identified above. The award amount is $1,000 and there is one winner annually. Applicants must be received by March 1st to be considered.
Jake Burke Memorial Program
This is a $1,000 disability scholarship offered to a high school senior at Loch Raven High School in Towson, Maryland. Applications are due by February 1st and students must demonstrate community leadership and financial need.
Marcena Lozano Memorial Scholarship Fund
This disability scholarship is offered by the family of Marcena Lozano in her memory. They offer several disability scholarships for disabled students annually ranging in amount from $1,000 to $3,000 each for undergraduates. Preference is given to those applicants that are from New York. Last year they gave $10,000 in transplant scholarships but the amount depends on the funds available to them each year. Applicants are due by February 10th.
Legacy of Life Scholarship for Transplant Students
Each year, The Washington Regional Transplant Center awards transplant scholarships for disability students up to $14,000 to high school seniors that reside in Virginia. The funds are based on financial need and the amount of each award can vary. Applicants must show a desire to pursue an education to help others and to be a proven leader in their school as well as their community. Applications are due by March 1st and winners are notified before the end of the school year. The funds have to be used at an accredited college.
Betty Montoya Gift of Life Scholarship for Transplant Related Students
Two awards of $1,000 each and two awards of $500 each are given out annually to graduating seniors from a New Mexico High school. Applicants must show that they have been affected by a transplant on some level be it personally, a friend, or a family member. They have to write an essay about how it affected them and why they think being an organ donor is so important.
You or someone in your family may qualify for the various transplant scholarships by TRIO out there. The number of applicants is going to be much smaller than what you will find with many other types of disability scholarships out there. If you qualify for these, it is definitely worth pursuing to see how the funds can help you to secure your education and then the job of your dreams.