The 2020-2021 Carolyn Wilson Dialysis Patient Scholarship application is now closed. 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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Application process

Applications may be photocopied or downloaded. To apply for the Carolyn Wilson Scholarship, you must submit the following by July 10, 2020:

  • A completed application
  • Your 2019 federal income tax return, if applicable. Please black-out or remove social security number.
  • Your parents’ 2019 federal income tax return, if applicable. Please black-out or remove social security number.
  • A copy of your tuition bill ( this may be sent once it’s available from your institution for the fall semester)
  • A Statement of Purpose: a 2–3 page essay describing the effect of kidney disease on their lives; and how the proposed education or training program will enhance their ability to initiate, maintain or resume employment and independent living.
  • A reference letter from a nephrology professional (doctor, nurse, social worker, dietitian) caring for the applicant with an assessment of the applicant’s ability to maintain compliance with their treatment regimen, while pursuing the educational or vocational program.

Only complete applications will be accepted.

Complete applications can be emailed to:

NOTE: The required reference letter and Statement of Purpose must be included in the email along with the application.

Applications must be emailed by July 10, 2020. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. An application is not a guarantee of an award. You will be notified of scholarship selection no later than July 31, 2020.

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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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