About the Scholarship

The American Kidney Fund has established the Carolyn Wilson Dialysis Patient Scholarship Program to help the people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who are residents of Arkansas, Louisiana, or Oklahoma and wish to continue their academic education or vocational training to achieve employment and independent living. An applicant must have a financial need in order to get assisted by this scholarship fund to pursue higher studies.


How to Apply?

  • A student should fill and submit a completed scholarship application form initially.

  • If applicable, a student should provide a 2018 federal income tax return, if applicable. Also, his/her parents’ 2018 federal income tax return. 

  • A student should give a copy of his/her tuition bill or academic cost.

  • A student should submit a 2 to 3-page essay describing the effect of kidney disease on their lives, and how the proposed education or training program will enhance their ability to initiate, maintain or resume employment and independent living.

  • An applicant should give a reference letter from a nephrology professional/doctor caring for the applicant with an assessment of the applicant’s ability.


Award Amount and Deadline:

The Organization is giving $5000 to all eligible applicants for two academic years. The award is renewable by reapplying to this fund.

All the scholarship applications must be postmarked or emailed by June 30, 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a resident in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, or Oklahoma.

  • The applicant must have been diagnosed with Stage 5 chronic kidney disease.

  • The applicant must demonstrate financial need if belongs to a family with low income.

  • The applicant must be a current dialysis patient or a kidney transplant recipient.