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Since 1999, Diabetes Hope Foundation has invested over $1.5 million in education grants to support communities across Canada. With support from the foundation's families, community partners, and generous sponsors, Diabetes Hope Foundation has awarded 548 scholarships to support students with diabetes to attend 69 post-secondary institutions globally; including 8 provinces in Canada, 7 US states, Poland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the West Indies.
This unique awards program recognizes what no other program does: that young people living with diabetes must have an unwavering commitment to managing their health. Once an adolescent reaches the age of 18, they must make the transition from pediatric care to a more self-directed adult health care program. Statistics indicate that at least 30% of young people do not adequately manage their health once they become post-secondary students. Many of these young adults re-appear in the health system with chronic complications from diabetes.
The HOPE Scholarship Program highlights the personal triumphs of young adults who face the many responsibilities associated with diabetes management all the while significantly enriching their lives through community and extra-curricular activities and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Each of these young adults has accomplished what others in their position try to do: they have allowed themselves to be people with diabetes with hopes and plans to succeed and pursue life's challenges. They are not diabetics with a disease that defines them.