Announcement: diabetes scholars – a program of Beyond Type 1

In 2004, a group of parents of children with diabetes created the Diabetes Scholars Foundation, with the goal of empowering people living with Type 1 diabetes through education, awarding need-based scholarships for over 3,000 people to attend diabetes education conferences.

In 2008, the merit-based college scholarship program was launched, and over 350 applications were received that year. This year that number grew to over 3,500 applications and to date over $1.6 million in college scholarships has been awarded to students with Type 1 diabetes.

Today, we are thrilled to announce that the Diabetes Scholars Foundation has become a program of Beyond Type 1, and will continue to operate as Diabetes Scholars. Coming under the Beyond Type 1 umbrella, affords Diabetes Scholars the opportunity to expand their college scholarship program and award scholarships to an even greater number of students.

We will be working over the next several months to enhance the program under the direction of Mary Podjasek, one of the original co-founders of DSF. For those wishing to provide scholarships, please reach out to Mary directly and for those looking to apply for consideration – stay tuned – applications will open in January. We look forward to working together to make the future even brighter for our young diabetes scholars!


Click HERE to donate specifically to the Diabetes Scholars program. If you have interest in creating a named scholarship, please email us at

Beyond Type 1

Founded in 2015 by Juliet de Baubigny, Nick Jonas, Sarah Lucas + Sam Talbot, Beyond Type 1 is leveraging the power of social media and technology, changing what it means to live with a chronic disease. By educating the global community about this autoimmune disease, as well as providing resources and supporting those living with Type 1 diabetes, Beyond Type 1 is bridging the gap from diagnosis to cure, empowering people to live well today and funding a better tomorrow.

Founders + Leadership support operational expenses so that 100% of every dollar raised directly supports the most promising global efforts and programs working to educate, advocate and cure Type 1 diabetes. Beyond Type 1 is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, under charitable ID #47-3336640.

Visit the Diabetes Scholars site.

Generally, medicine responds in two ways to incurable diseases: first, it overloads the patient with overly-optimistic lies about the nature of the disease, and second, it starts prattling on and on about the importance of education, even though education would just depress the patient and defeat the effect of the overly-optimistic lies just told. And what is the point of education anyway? I remember Cliff Robertson had a commercial for many years in which he said, “To find out how diabetes can affect your eyes, call XXX.” Well, I thought, what would they say if you called, “You’ll go blind”?!

I’m all for having special scholarships for diabetic students, however, who have clearly personally suffered difficulties making their educational achievement more difficult, and who have also often suffered outright discrimination, or will in the future. But although they have the best argument for an affirmative action benefit, their claims are usually ignored.