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Family Scholarships to CWD's Friends for Life Conference

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The Diabetes Scholars Foundation will provide financial assistance for families from the United States to attend the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life Annual International Conference at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando Florida from July 1, – July 6, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. The conference is a gathering of world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, adults, children and families with diabetes. It offers many opportunities to gather information on the latest in diabetes care.

Family scholarships cover the cost of conference registration, hotel stay (four nights), and limited meals at the conference for up to a family of four.   Families must provide their own transportation to the conference.

What is Covered?

Each scholarship will cover the following expenses (for a family of up to 4 people):

  • Conference registration, which includes educational sessions, activities, and unlimited access to vendor exhibits
  • Meals during the conference, including first timers reception (Wednesday afternoon), breakfast, lunch and snacks on Thursday & lunch  and snacks on Friday; Farewell Breakfast (Sunday AM)
  • One guest room (for up to four guests) for five nights
  • CWD conference t-shirt
  • Sports Central
  • Dance and Social Evening (Thursday PM following the Banquet)
  • Teen Day offsite (Friday Teens 13-17)
  • Adults with Type 1 (Wednesday Evening)
  • Teen Dinner Dance (Saturday PM Teens 13-17)
  • Tween Social (Saturday PM Tweens 10-12)
  • Family Day on Saturday (does not include lunch)
  • Friends and Family Banquet (Thursday evening)

 

What is Not Covered?

The following items will not be covered under the scholarship:

  • Transportation to and from the conference
  • Meals not outlined above
  • Incidental charges (i.e., phone, room service, etc) incurred during the stay (each family will be required to provide the hotel a credit card for any incidental charges)
  • Expenses for extended family members and/or friends

 

Who is Eligible?

The Foundation seeks to award conference scholarships to families from the United States with at least one child who has Type 1 diabetes, age infant to 18.

Eligible families must complete a typed application (not handwritten), postmarked by April 15, 2014. Applications will be evaluated based on the individual family's:

  • Interest in better caring for their child with diabetes
  • Enthusiasm for sharing their diabetes knowledge with others in their community
  • Track record of involvement in diabetes education outreach
  • Financial need
  • Each family must have at least one child (age infant to 18 years old) who has type 1 diabetes.

    Applicants from the United States are required to provide a copy of their 2013 Federal Tax Form 1040, copy of W-2, as well as their last two pay stubs (for each parent if both parents work). Applications must be submitted with all supporting material at the same time. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

    Recipients are expected to attend a full complement of educational sessions and other events held during the CWD conference. This includes a total of 8 sessions (four on Thursday and four on Friday). Additionally, each family will be asked to complete a brief written evaluation of the conference and the scholarship program at the conclusion of the conference. It is encouraged that both parents of any two-parent family receiving a scholarship attend.

    Applicants will be notified via e-mail when their application is received. Families awarded a scholarship will be notified by May 15, 2014 via e-mail. Applicants must furnish email addresses in order to be notified. Scholarship funds will be disbursed directly to Children with Diabetes to cover conference costs. The Diabetes Scholars Foundation will make hotel reservations for the scholarship families.

    The Foundation reserves the right to award additional scholarships, after the deadline and notification dates, if funds become available.

    Questions about the application or the application process may be emailed to scholarships@diabetesscholars.org.

    Please do not contact Children with Diabetes with questions. The scholarship program is administered by the Diabetes Scholars Foundation, which is a separate non-profit organization.

     



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