Project Sleep is proud to introduce the 27 recipients of the 2020 Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship program. This is by far the largest class of recipients to date, with each student receiving $1,000 towards their college education.
“During such a challenging year, elevating and honoring students living with under-recognized sleep conditions is particularly meaningful,” describes Julie Flygare, J.D., President & CEO at Project Sleep. “The 2020 recipients are a diverse group of young adults with a wide variety of aspirations and goals, yet all possess remarkable resiliency and determination that will serve them well as they take on college this fall.”
Sixty-four students from 29 states made up a very strong group of applicants this year. The 27 recipients represent 18 states and include 21 students with narcolepsy and six students with idiopathic hypersomnia, thanks to a wonderful partnership with the Hypersomnia Foundation providing generous support for the six idiopathic hypersomnia spots.
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 seven years, the program has now awarded a total of 95 scholarships to 95 students, totaling $95,000. 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. “Especially in difficult times, these courageous young adults remind us that our community is strong with shared experiences of overcoming adversity. We are not alone!”