ESRD Patients in Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma Eligible for New American Kidney Fund Scholarship Program


Carolyn Wilson Dialysis Patient Scholarship Program helps low-income patients with kidney failure further their education or get vocational training

ROCKVILLE, Maryland (June 14, 2016) — A new scholarship program for patients living with end-stage renal disease (ESRD, or kidney failure) in Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma was announced today by the American Kidney Fund. The program is funded by a grant from ESRD Network 13, which serves patients in those states.

The scholarship program is named for Carolyn Wilson, a dialysis patient who for many years helped countless other patients as an outreach educator in ESRD Network 13 until her death in 2013.

The Carolyn Wilson Dialysis Patient Scholarship Program is designed to support patients living with ESRD with the costs of tuition for post-secondary education, including colleges and universities, community colleges, and vocational training. Grants of up to $5,000 per person, per year for up to two years will be awarded to patients who qualify based on financial need and enrollment in an eligible program as part of an effort to initiate, maintain or resume employment and independent living.

“For many patients, life with kidney failure may mean giving up a career or a job they can no longer perform. The American Kidney Fund’s Carolyn Wilson Dialysis Patient Scholarship Program for patients in Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma will help patients who otherwise might not be able to afford the additional education or training they need to continue working and living independently,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund. “Naming the program for Carolyn Wilson is a wonderful acknowledgement of her commitment to the renal community and to the patients in ESRD Network 13.”

The End Stage Renal Disease Network Program (ESRD Network Program) is a national program funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve the quality of care for individuals with irreversible kidney disease who require dialysis or transplantation to sustain life.

Details on the scholarship program and application materials may be found at Applications for 2016 scholarships are due by July 29.

For more information on the American Kidney Fund, visit

About the American Kidney Fund

As the nation’s leading nonprofit working on behalf of the 31 million Americans with kidney disease, the American Kidney Fund is dedicated to ensuring that every kidney patient has access to health care, and that every person at risk for kidney disease is empowered to prevent it. AKF provides a complete spectrum of programs and services: prevention outreach, top-rated health educational resources, and direct financial assistance enabling 1 in 5 U.S. dialysis patients to access lifesaving medical care, including dialysis and transplantation.

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