Project Sleep awards a record 18 scholarships in 2019
Project Sleep is thrilled to introduce the 18 recipients of the 2019 Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship program. This is the largest class of recipients to date, with each student receiving $1,000 towards their college education.
“This year’s recipients exemplify tenacity and self-awareness—life skills that will serve them well as they chase big dreams,” said Julie Flygare, J.D., president & CEO at Project Sleep. “As we congratulate this year’s recipients, we look towards the future with ambitious goals to grow the scholarship program and ultimately make a larger impact within the sleep community.”
More than 80 students from across the country submitted applications this year making the applicant pool the largest and most competitive to date. In just six years, Project Sleep has awarded a total of 68 scholarships totaling $68,000.
“Low public awareness of serious sleep conditions often delays proper detection and diagnosis, and can lead to stigma and isolation,” said Flygare. “This scholarship program sheds light on under-recognized serious sleep conditions, validates and honors an inspiring group of young adults overcoming adversity, and creates a sense of community among those navigating similar circumstances.”
The Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship was founded in 2014 by Flygare and the Graham family as the first national scholarship program of its kind. The program aims to support the educational aspirations of students with narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia while also raising critical awareness for the conditions within high school and college communities.
Funds for the scholarships are raised through Project Sleep’s annual fundraising campaigns and thoughtful donors. The organization would like to extend a special thank you to the Hypersomnia Foundation for partnering with Project Sleep to award five scholarships to students with idiopathic hypersomnia this year. Likewise, Project Sleep is grateful to Jazz Pharmaceuticals and Harmony Biosciences, LLC for their generous contributions that supported the 2019 program.