As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship, Project Sleep is honored to introduce the 35 recipients of the 2023 award. This is our largest group of scholarship recipients to date, each of whom will receive $1,000 toward their college education. In 10 years, the scholarship program has now awarded a total of 191 scholarships to 191 students, totaling $191,000.
“Our hearts are overflowing with pride and gratitude for the incredible generosity of the sleep community. With their support the narcolepsy scholarship program has continued to grow, and this is our biggest year yet. Looking back on where we started with two awardees in the first year, we can hardly believe how far the Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship has come,” says Julie Flygare, J.D., President & CEO at Project Sleep. “It is a joy and an honor to award this scholarship in celebration of the achievements of these students, who are excelling while living with under-recognized sleep conditions. We are inspired by the resilience and dedication of the 2023 recipients, and proud to support them as they pursue their dreams in college this fall.”
This year’s very strong group of applicants included 60 students from 28 states. The 35 recipients represent 21 states and include 30 students with narcolepsy and five students with idiopathic hypersomnia. Project Sleep is proud to partner with the Hypersomnia Foundation, whose generous support funded scholarships for our five recipients 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. “We are showing these determined young adults that they have a whole community cheering them on as they build the bright futures they deserve.”