Adult Students

The International Association of Sickle Cell Nurses and Professional Associates, Inc. has established a college scholarship program to assist individuals living with Sickle Cell Disease who will be attending an institution of higher learning in the United States.

Applicants for IASCNAPA's $1,500 Scholarships must be enrolled in, or have been accepted by a recognized and accredited post- secondary school, including college, university, trade school, or other institution of higher learning. Curriculum choice, age, gender, race, ethnic background, religion and political affiliation will not be used in evaluating applications.

An active IASCNAPA member or a sickle cell disease medical provider must sponsor all applicants.

Applications are accepted from March 1 through July 1 of each year. Awards will be given in August of each year. The number of scholarships awarded each year is dependent on available funds and the quality of applications.


IASCNAPA’s funded scholarship awards include:

The Steven Christy Scholarship Fund is dedicated to an individual who lived with sickle cell disease and valued education. Steven struggled to complete college, but persevered and graduated from Fitchburg State University. He spent his career helping others - first as a social worker at Favarh and then as a counselor and coordinator of newborn hemoglobinopathy screening programs at the combined UCONN/St. Francis.  The scholarship was established by his wife in Steven’s memory.



The Donna Dixon Scholarship Fund was established by her family in her honor in 2022. Donna has more than 50 years of nursing experience.  She has a master’s degree in Nursing Science from the University of Colorado.  She is retired from nursing and is currently the CEO of the Colorado Sickle Cell Association.  She is a member of the SCDAA's Leadership Council and a member of the Colorado Governor's Advisory Board.  She is a passionate sickle cell advocate and committed to ensuring improved care for people with sickle cell disease.


The Christine A. Johnson Scholarship Fund is provided by the friends of Dr. Christine A. Johnson in her honor. Dr. Christine A Johnson was a provider and advocate for people with sickle cell disease for most of her adult career. She was the founder and Director of the Pediatric Sickle Cell Program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and an advocate for sickle cell disease for 30 years.

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1.  Check eligibility

  • Have sickle cell disease (not trait)

  • Will attend post-secondary (college or trade school) in 2022-2023 school year

  • Going to school in the US

2.  Items Ready to Upload

  • Picture (png, jpg, or jpeg)

  • College/trade school letter of acceptance

3.  Name and address of school attending in 2022-2023

4.  Name and email address of IASCNAPA sponsor or medical provider

5.  Name and date of high school or college most recently attended

6.  Name, phone number, and email address of references

7.  Statements:

  • 100 word or less career statement 

  • 250 word or less personal statement

8.  Statement of:

  • Hobbies,

  • Honors,

  • Leadership positions and significant responsibilities



Provide your references with the link to complete the online Reference Form

1.  One reference must be from

  • An active IASCNAPA member or

  • A medical professional

  • They must be able to verify your sickle cell status

2.  The second reference should

  • be someone who knows you well and

  • can comment on your ability to excel in school

3.  Make sure your references are aware of the July 1st deadline