Asthma is a chronic condition that typically develops in childhood. The hallmarks of this condition include chronic inflammation and disease of the airways. This means that patients have a very difficult time breathing and routinely need medical intervention to allow for easier airflow. Often this condition can be effectively managed on an outpatient basis, while other cases require frequently hospitalization.
In fact, when acutely ill patients are in the midst of an asthma attack they frequently only have minutes to receive medical attention or they risk serious health consequences. Approximately 205,000 deaths due to asthma happen around the world on a yearly basis while the total number of asthma sufferer’s number closer to 300 million.
While there are various forms of asthma, the one factor that they all have in common is the inability to effective breathe in and out on an efficient basis. Some asthma patients have certain triggers that are apt to bring on an attack. Some of these may include exercise, allergies, dust, perfumes, environmental and occupational causes.
However, with effective outpatient management most individuals that are diagnosed with asthma can lead very normal and productive lives. This often includes a college level education and there are scholarships that are devoted just to asthma patients.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) Award of Excellence
High school students who have been diagnosed with asthma are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The scholarship committee considers the applicants academic record, participation in extracurricular activities and community involvement in making their award decision. Two $1,000 scholarships are issued annually.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American (AAFA) New England Chapter
Only residents of the New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island are eligible to apply for this scholarship package. Further, the scholarship is exclusively for high school students. Two $500 awards are issued via this scholarship fund each year and a written essay is part of the requirements for this award.
Will to Win Scholarship
High school seniors with asthma and have achieved excellent in performing arts, visual arts, community service, athletics or science are eligible for this program. Further, they must have a 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) at their high school. There are a total of 10 scholarships available within this program and each award is $5,000. This scholarships program is sponsored by Merck.
Schering-Prough Foundation Asthma Athlete Scholarship
For athletes that are also asthmatics, this is a great scholarship. This fund is available to undergraduates only and is in the amount of $3,500 per year. To qualify, the applicant must be an active high school athlete with asthma.
Founder’s Award Scholarship Fund
At the Colorado Allergy and Asthma Centers the physicians have coordinated their efforts in order to provider four $1,000 scholarships per year to their patients. The awards are available to high school students planning on attending college, as well as college undergraduates and graduate level students. The scholarship candidate must be a member of the Colorado Allergy and Asthma Center within the last year.