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Women's Board Scholarship 2018

As part of its ongoing commitment to youth with diabetes, the Women’s Board of Central Ohio Diabetes Association will once again offer the College Scholarship Program to assist students with diabetes, residing in central Ohio, who will be attending an accredited public or private institute of higher learning in the fall of 2018 as a full-time student.

Selection criteria will be based on academic achievement, diabetes-related activities, extracurricular activities, the applicant’s personal statement, exemplary adjustment to living with diabetes, one personal reference, statement of financial need, and a medical recommendation.

The deadline for submitting applications is February 24, 2018.  Final selections will be made by April 7, 2018

Please click on the application for the required forms.  Application

Youth & Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes affects the majority of young people with diabetes; however, Type 2, which usually occurs in adults after the age of 40, is on the rise among youth. Central Ohio Diabetes Association's Youth Program is designed to promote the health of children with diabetes and to prevent the development of diabetes-related complications.

For children that develop this chronic condition at a young age, it is crucial they receive diabetes education to learn self-management skills including blood-sugar (blood glucose) testing, insulin injections and the importance of adhering to diet and exercise regimens. By gaining self-confidence, decision-making and communication skills, young people enhance their ability to achieve good metabolic control.

Feelings such as anxiety, depression, denial, guilt, shame, anger and despair are recognized and addressed so they do not interfere with learning new coping skills, problem solving, self confidence and motivation. Positive interaction with other youth with diabetes and their families helps participants foster a sense of relatedness, self esteem, confidence and self-discipline. The participants learn from each other and share coping strategies.