Sickle Cell Scholarships


graduationLast week, Candice shared her story on the SCW FB page about her quest for education and the financial hardships that have blocked her way. This inspired a Sickle Cell Mom, Kristina Simmons to research different scholarships for those affected by sickle cell in the United States who are on the quest for higher education.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, and it’s updated continually. This list is merely informational and does not imply an endorsement. Contact the organizations directly and NOT through us. We do not forward any applications. Use discretion when applying for scholarships. If you would like your scholarship to be added to this list, please email us.

For the students and prospective students, don’t give up your dreams!  It may take longer, it may be harder, but you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. You may have to find creative ways to work around the challenges that sickle cell gives us, but all the Warriors are testament to what strong will, dedication, hard work, perseverance, and a lot of faith can do. ~SCW

Good luck!

Kermit B. Nash Academic Scholarship

One scholarship worth $5,000.00 is awarded annually, which is renewable for up to four years of study. US citizens (permanent residents only) diagnosed with sickle cell disease and enrolled in four-year college programs are eligible to apply.

To determine winners, the Scholarship Committee takes into account each applicant’s GPA (3.0 or higher required), SAT scores, and level of community involvement.  How sickle cell has impacted his/her life, is another consideration undertaken by the committee to evaluate each candidate. In addition, each applicant’s essay (1,000 words or less) addresses personal Sickle Cell challenges, and those which impact society, as a whole.

Recipients of this scholarship attend the National Convention (airfare and one night’s hotel accommodation will be provided) to accept the award. Winners are also asked to prepare and deliver a brief presentation at the Convention.

The International Association of Sickle Cell Nurse and Physicians Assistants, Inc.

The Association offers $500.00 scholarships to individuals diagnosed with Sickle Cell, who have either enrolled, or been accepted at a post-secondary institution (trade school, college, or university). Successful applicants for this assistance are each sponsored by an active member of the organization.

Applicants will be evaluated based on individual GPA performance, level of financial need demonstrated, and level of participation in extracurricular activities and community service.  Applications are available online, at the Association website.

The Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California Scott Zuniga Memorial Scholarship Fund

Individuals afflicted with sickle cell disease who live in Ventura, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, or San Bernardino Counties are eligible to apply for assistance from the Zuniga Fund.  Successful applicants earn awards valued between $250.00-$500.00, based on demonstrated need and available funding.

The Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois

The Illinois Chapter of the Association provides scholarship funding for Illinois residents diagnosed with sickle cell disease. Scholarships are disbursed based on an each applicant’s financial need, and the total cost of attending college.

Ohio Sickle Cell and Health Association

An Ohio scholarship fund has been set up to assist post-secondary students within the state diagnosed with sickle cell disease. Students attending technical schools, community colleges and four-year universities are eligible to apply for scholarships that pay costs associated with tuition, books, living expenses, and legal/medical plans.

Eight $500.00 scholarships are awarded to full-time students annually, in addition to four $250.00 awards that are reserved for qualified applicants attending college part-time.

Candice’s Sickle Cell Fund, Inc.

For more than a decade, this Sickle Cell advocacy organization has been active in support of students afflicted with the illness.  The group raises awareness and funds, through grassroots efforts aimed at education, enabling the organization to dispense three annual scholarships for higher education.  Awards are worth $1000 each, and may be applied to a variety of post-secondary programs.

Taylor Delk Sickle Cell Foundation

The Leslie Delk Sr. Academic Scholarship is awarded to individuals with Sickle Cell disease.  Qualified applicants are high-school seniors matriculating to accredited four-year academic programs.  The scholarship rewards high academic achievement for U.S. residents, with scholarship awards valued at $1000 each.


  1. Hi. I recently got your information online. I was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia at a tender age of two. I scaled through difficult times in my life, including losing one of my brothers who was also a sickle cell patient. I’m now 29 years old. I thank God for the gift of life and health. I am presently in college (I’m getting my AA degree in December), and I’m transferring to California State University, East Bay in January. I’ve been a bit worried of how to sponsor myself through school, because I’m not a fan of obtaining loans. I have over thirty thousand dollars medical debt, and I do not intend to add to my accumulated debt by obtaining a loan. Please reply so I can know what steps to take towards obtaining a scholarship or any financial assistance from your group. Thank you so much.

  2. Hi, I am Jenny I am 20 years old and I am a sickle cell warrior since i was born. I have a Dream to become a Doctor and i will never let it down, i will always take a step forward no matter what. I am very interested in this program and i wish if i can have a chance to get this scholarship. Please contact me to my email address. Thank you.

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