Please check back in January 2022 for the Spring 2022 scholarship application. Please forward any inquiries to:


To qualify for the Carolyn Wilson Scholarship, you must be a resident of either Arkansas, Louisiana, or Oklahoma AND have been diagnosed with ESRD (stage 5 kidney disease).

The American Kidney Fund is committed to providing scholarships to all dialysis patients who meet the following program guidelines:

  • Must be a resident of Arkansas, Louisiana or Oklahoma
  • Must demonstrate financial need through the expenses vs. income table (#6 on application)
  • Must be a current dialysis patient or a kidney transplant recipient

While this program is for patients diagnosed with stage 5 kidney disease (ESRD), priority will be given to dialysis patients.

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Qualifying programs and expenses

Scholarships will be provided for university, college, community college education or vocational training. Scholarship funds can only be used for tuition. Funds cannot be used for books, transportation to classes, and other needs.

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Amount of award

Scholarships of up to $5,000 per academic year (fall, spring, and summer semesters combined) per person will be awarded. The scholarship period lasts for one year. Funding for subsequent years will depend on availability of funds and documentation of successful completion of the previous academic year. Applicants can receive funding for up to two years and are required to reapply to be considered for a second year of funding.

If awarded a scholarship, funds will be paid directly to the educational or vocational institution.

If awarded, recipients are required to sign a letter of acceptance, confirming school/institution enrollment.

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Reporting requirements

In order to maintain this scholarship, applicants must be able to demonstrate academic success. Therefore, AKF requires scholarship recipients to deliver a progress report (1-2 pages) at the completion of the academic term for which funding was received. Recipients must also provide a transcript within 60 days of term completion to show achievement of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5. If the recipient is in vocational training, he/she must demonstrate continued advancement or completion of vocational course work.

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