"Despite having lived with Crohn's since I was fifteen-years-old, I have never let it impede my ability to achieve the goals I've set for myself," said Riva. "The scholarship stands for everything I believe in: that one can truly succeed in the wake of challenges. I am passionate about law, public policy, and politics and hope that my fight to seek funding for and promote awareness of Crohn's can someday make an impact on the lives of others who, like me, are affected by it."
The 2008 UCB Crohn's Scholarship Program builds on $420,000 in UCB scholarships granted in 2006 and 2007 for people with Crohn's seeking higher education. UCB launched the scholarship pilot program in 2006 and awarded 12 recipients scholarships of up to $10,000 each. In 2007, UCB continued the program awarding academic excellence and perseverance by providing 31 students from across the country with one-time scholarships of up to $10,000 each. Select winner biographies can be found online at http://www.CrohnsAndMe.com.
Applications Now Available for the 2008 Program
Scholarship applications are available at http://www.CrohnsAndMe.com, an interactive Web site designed to connect people living with Crohn's disease and their supporters and empower them to live fully and be proactive in their care. The application deadline is April 18, 2008 and winners will be notified in July 2008.
The program is designed for applicants of any age. Applicants must be
legal and permanent residents of the United States; diagnosed with Crohn's
disease by a physician; seeking an associate's, undergraduate, or graduate
degree or enrolled in a trade school educational program; enrolled in or
awaiting acceptance from a United States-based institution of higher
education for fall semester 2008 and a student who demonstrates academic
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