RPF Scholarship Program


The Rheumatoid Patient Foundation (RPF) is a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with rheumatoid diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile arthritis. Beyond the physical, mental and emotional hardship of rheumatoid disease (RD), there is also often a financial toll placed on people with RD due to the expenses of continuous care and treatment, as well as potential disability and loss of income. One of RPF’s primary goals is offering support to rheumatoid patients. One way in which we seek to do this is to offer support to students who have RD or whose parents have RD, as they pursue higher education. RPF’s scholarship program helps to support and meet the needs of these students.


To offer financial support to students whose lives have been affected by rheumatoid disease, as they advance their education.


Scholarship Awards:
• Five scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 each
• Scholarship amount can be credited toward any college or vocational school tuition
• Funding for this year's Scholarship Program is sponsored by Crescendo Bioscience

Scholarship Applicant Requirements:
• U.S. resident applying to a post-secondary/vocational institution or already enrolled at a college or vocational school
• Student has a confirmed diagnosis of RA or JRA/JIA, or has a parent with such a diagnosis
• Applicants will be required to submit an application form and a written paper in response to an essay prompt
• Previous RPF Scholarship winners are not eligible

Judging & Winner Selection:
• Essay responses will be judged by a panel of volunteers from the RPF according to established criteria listed on the scholarship application
• All eligible applications will be considered, and the five highest scoring submissions will each receive a $1,000 scholarship award

Additional entry details can be found on the Scholarship Application Form.

Scholarship Deadline: All completed applications must be received by June 30, 2018

Download Application

Save the PDF Application document to your computer after clicking the download button. You may use a digital or physical signature to complete the form. Be sure to include the completed application along with your essay submission. All scholarship submissions must be emailed to scholarships@rheum4us.org

Previous Scholarship Winners:

• Ellis Hamabuchi (Fort Lee, NJ) - 2017
• Carley Jones (Lodi, CA) - 2017
• Claire Kennedy (Bozeman, MT) - 2017
• Rachel Sauls (Chapel Hill, NC) - 2017
• Kristine Malixi (West Covina, CA) - 2016
• Ariella Phillipo (Frankfort, IL) - 2016
• Mandy Jones (Montgomery, AL) - 2015
• Melissa Eller (Hickory, NC) - 2015


Thanks to our 2017 Scholarship Sponsor, Crescendo Bioscience

Crescendo Bioscience focuses on enabling more effective management of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases by providing quantitative, objective molecular tests (such as Vectra® DA) and disease information services to rheumatologists and patients. Vectra® DA is the only multi-biomarker blood test for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity. www.Vectra-DA.com