Established in 2005, the Team Type 1 Foundation has bestowed a total of 271 college scholarships to athletes with type 1 diabetes who compete in a NCAA or NAIA sport worth approximately $400,000 through its Global Ambassador Program, which launched in 2014.
For the 2017-18 academic year, the Foundation will fund ten $5,000 scholarships, 12 $2,500 scholarships, 42 $1,000 scholarships and an additional 42 $500 scholarships totaling $150,000 in awards.
This year’s Global Ambassador $5,000 winners include:
- Peninah Benjamin - Dartmouth College - Sailing
- Daymon Blackport - Eastern Illinois University - Soccer
- William Bridgeman - Hanover College - Soccer
- Casey Reece Harper - University of Oklahoma - Football
- Heather Kipniss - University of Tampa - Golf
- Delaney Miller - Princeton University - Track & Field/Cross Country
- Hunter Sego - DePauw University - Football
- Connor Shortt - Pacific University - Football
- Ryan D. Wancata - University of Mount Union - Baseball
- Gabrielle Zegers - Duke University - Fencing
Team Type 1’s scholarships are being awarded at a time where college tuition continues to skyrocket and the cost of diabetes care averages around $300-$500 per month.
“We are pleased to award these scholarships. They have been an integral part of our mission since we launched the program in 2014 and it is gratifying to know that we can support these 106 students in a direct way that cuts their diabetes costs,” said Team Type 1 co-founder and Program Director Dr. Biljana Southerland. “We are excited to include these amazing student athletes as part of the Foundation’s outreach activities, which includes participation at numerous diabetes conferences, diabetes camps, clinics and educational events throughout the year.”
In addition to their hard work in the classroom and on the field, the Global Ambassador athletes are tasked with raising awareness about Team Type 1’s mission in developing countries where access to diabetes management tools is limited. Since its inception, the Team Type 1 Foundation has donated 2.2 million test strips and 1,750 glucose meters and offered advisory support to the Rwanda Government for their National Diabetes Plan, which ensures access to sustainable diabetes care while limiting the government’s financial burden. In 2017, the Foundation expanded this diabetes support program to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Tina and Richard V. Carolan Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cancer research and humanitarian relief, generously supports Team Type 1’s Global Ambassador Program.
Scholarship recipients were selected based on a number of eligibility factors, including grade point average, athletic achievement, personal story, financial needs and community service. The 2017 scholarship recipients compete in nearly 20 different NCAA/NAIA sports. For more information on the Global Ambassador Scholarship Program, please visit:http://teamtype1.org/gasp/
ABOUT TEAM TYPE 1 FOUNDATION
Established in 2005, the Team Type 1 Foundation is a nonprofit organization pursuing a mission of education, empowerment and equal access to medicine for everyone affected by diabetes. Collaborating with governments, healthcare professionals, diabetes experts and individuals living with diabetes around the world, the Team Type 1 Foundation is bridging the gap to access and education through sustainable and economically viable solutions. For more information, visit: www.teamtype1.org.