The International Association of Sickle Cell Nurses and Professional Associates, Inc. (IASCNAPA) has established a college scholarship program to assist individuals living with Sickle Cell Disease who attend an institution of higher learning in the United States. Applicants for IASCNAPA’s $1,000 Scholarships must be enrolled in, or have been accepted by, a recognized and accredited post- secondary school, including college, university, trade school, or other institution of higher learning. Curriculum choice, age, gender, race, ethnic background, religion and political affiliation will not be used in evaluating applications. An active IASCNAPA member or a sickle cell disease medical provider must sponsor all applicants. Applications are accepted from March 1 through July 1 of each year. Awards will be given in August of each year. The number of scholarships awarded each year is dependent on available funds and the quality of applications.
IASCNAPA’s funded scholarship awards include:
The Steven Christy Scholarship Fund was established by his wife in memory of her husband, an individual who lived with sickle cell disease and valued education. He struggled to complete college, but persevered and graduated from Fitchburg State University. He spent his career helping others – first as a social worker at Favarh and then as a counselor and coordinator of newborn hemoglobinopathy screening programs at the combined UCONN/St. Francis sickle cell clinic.
The Christine A. Johnson Scholarship Fund was established by the friends of Dr. Christine A. Johnson in her honor. Dr. Christine A Johnson was a provider and advocate for people with sickle cell disease for most of her adult career. She was the founder and Director of the Pediatric Sickle Cell Program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and an advocate for sickle cell disease for 30 years.