Project Sleep is proud to introduce the 31 recipients of the 2021 Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship program. This is the largest class of recipients to date, with each student receiving $1,000 towards their college education. In eight years, the scholarship program has now awarded a total of 126 scholarships to 126 students, totaling $126,000.
“With all the challenges we have collectively faced this year, it means so much to be able to recognize and celebrate the achievements of students living with under-recognized sleep conditions,” describes Julie Flygare, J.D., President & CEO at Project Sleep. “The 2021 recipients have demonstrated strength and resilience, and we are proud to support them in furthering their education as they take on college this fall.”
This year, the very strong group of applicants included 79 students from 29 states. The 31 recipients represent 19 states, and include 28 students with narcolepsy and three students with idiopathic hypersomnia.
The Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship was co-founded by Flygare and the Graham family as the first national scholarship program of its kind in 2014. In addition to supporting the educational aspirations of students with narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia, the program shines light on serious but often overlooked sleep conditions and fosters community.
“Low public awareness of narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia leads to long delays in proper detection and diagnosis, along with high levels of stigma and isolation,” said Flygare. “This diverse group of determined young adults reminds us that we can adapt to changing times while persisting in our vision of a brighter future.”