Baton Rouge Dialysis Patient Awarded Scholarship to Pursue Degree in Business Management


American Kidney Fund’s Carolyn Wilson Dialysis Patient Scholarship Program helps patients with kidney failure further their education

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Feb 16, 2017) – Baton Rouge dialysis patient Patrick Jones has been awarded the spring 2017 Carolyn Wilson Dialysis Patient Scholarship by the American Kidney Fund (AKF). The scholarship will help Jones finish his studies at Baton Rouge Community College, after which he plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

“I’m extremely grateful to have been chosen for this scholarship,” said Jones. “It’s such a relief. This scholarship is putting me one step closer to achieving my dream of getting my degree in business management.”

The Carolyn Wilson Dialysis Patient Scholarship Program is designed to support patients living with kidney failure who need assistance 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 are 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 helps Louisiana 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.

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, which serves Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, until her death in 2013.

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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