The Rheumatoid Patient Foundation has completed its second year offering the RPF Scholarship Program. This program offers students who have rheumatoid disease or who have a parent with rheumatoid disease the opportunity to get some financial assistance as they pursue higher education. This year's program offered up two $1,000 scholarship awards. We had an overwhelming response with more than double the number of applicants this year as last -- which underscores the need for this sort of program. The scholarship program required applicants to submit a written response to several essay prompts. We had many excellent submissions and would like to say thank you to all who took the time to apply for this scholarship program. We wish you all the very best in your higher education and vocational pursuits.
Our judging panel has selected this year's winners and we are pleased to announce and introduce to you this year's RPF Scholarship Award Recipients:
Kristine was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2008. Since then, she has earned a Master’s degree in occupational therapy and is now pursuing a PhD with a focus on the quality of life of young adults diagnosed with rheumatoid disease.
"I am so humbled by the work of organizations like Rheumatoid Patient Foundation that are so dedicated to advocating for people like me. Together, we can take down the barriers of disease to build the brightest of futures for our community!"
Ariella Phillipo grew up in Upstate New York. She was diagnosed with Polyarticular Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) at seventeen months of age, and later developed Anterior Uveitis at the age of two. She has battled with her rheumatoid arthritis her entire life, but refuses to let it hold her back from a successful education and career.
She is currently studying advertising and public relations with a 4.0 GPA at Columbia College Chicago in Chicago, IL. She hopes to peruse a career in pharmaceutical advertising and strives to create transparent messages that inform and engage audiences within the medical community.
Congratulations to you both! For more information on the RPF Scholarship Program and for information any any future award opportunities, please click here.
Click here to view our 2015 Scholarship Winners.