Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship

About the Scholarship

Project Sleep’s Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship is a national scholarship program to support students with narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia while also fostering awareness in high school and college settings. Founded by Julie Flygare and the Graham Family in 2014, the program has awarded 95 scholarships in seven years.

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2021 Scholarship Program

Project Sleep aims to release the 2021 Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship application the first week of January 2021. Be the first to know when the application is available by signing up for e-updates.

2020 College Updates

This year, generous donors joined with Project Sleep to award a record 27 Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarships to college-bound students exemplifying courage and resilience while living with narcolepsy or idiopathic hypersomnia. We caught up with the awardees to hear how college is going and what this scholarship meant to them.

What is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a serious neurological disorder of the sleep/wake cycle affecting about 1 in 2,000 people worldwide, including many children and young adults. Due to lack of awareness in medical communities and society at large, narcolepsy is extremely under-recognized and misunderstood. On average, people with narcolepsy experience symptoms for 8 to 15 years before receiving proper diagnosis and treatment. Learn more.

What is Idiopathic Hypersomnia?

Idiopathic hypersomnia (IH) is a chronic neurological disorder marked by an insatiable need to sleep that is not eased by a full night’s slumber. People with idiopathic hypersomnia sleep normal or long amounts of time each night but still feel excessively sleepy during the day. They may take long naps, but wake up feeling no better or worse than when they fell asleep. Learn more via the Hypersomnia Foundation website.

Looking for additional resources?

There are so many more well-deserving students than our scholarship program is able to support. If the Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship isn’t the right fit for where you are in your education, here are some additional scholarship ideas.

Supporting Big Dreams

Your support matters. Project Sleep is a small non-profit supporting the big dreams of students with narcolepsy. Please join us with a tax-deductible donation. Thank you for building a brighter future for students with narcolepsy!

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Scholarship News

Kicking Off the 2020 Narcolepsy Scholarship

In 2020, Project Sleep plans to award 15 scholarships of $1000 each, including 10 scholarships to students with narcolepsy and five scholarships to students with idiopathic hypersomnia, thanks to a partnership…

Launching 2019 Narcolepsy Scholarship

In 2019, Project Sleep plans to award a record 15 scholarships of $1000 each, including 10 scholarships to students with narcolepsy and five scholarships to students with idiopathic hypersomnia, thanks…


  • I wish this could also be offered to students already in college. Our daughter had terrible high school years trying to figure out what was wrong, there were few if any scholarships she could apply for. Now that she is in college, it would be nice to have something like this offered to defray costs somewhat, especially because her rooming cost is high because we’ve had to move her to a single room due to the narcolepsy.

    • We are going through the same thing with our son. He is already in college, and just had a sleep study a little over a year ago, and was on an academic scholarship prior to that, but lost it and not able to renew due to having to withdraw for 2 semesters due to the narcolepy with a medical withdrawal. He felt hopeless. Now is back living at home and trying to go to another college closer to home, but still struggling with the money for college. The diagnosis and having no more scholarship money to assist has all but taken his confidence away, as he is trying to rebuild with the awareness of his diagnosis now.

  • This scholarship is a great way to encourage students with narcolepsy to push past their struggles and continue striving for achievement. I was diagnosed with narcolepsy in high school, and being in my 3rd year of college now I know that transitioning can be very difficult. My narcolepsy continues to worse through the years, which doesn’t help a pre-med major like myself. I wish there was some kind of scholarship for students who are already in college, coping day to day with narcolepsy.

  • Alexandra Chauret
    February 27, 2015 12:48 am

    Is there a scholarship opportunity for people diagnosed with narcolepsy who are already in college?

  • Dawn Collins
    March 5, 2015 7:52 pm

    Hiiiiii everyone my name I Dawn Collins I am 44 yrs young. I HAVE NARCOLEPSY W/CATAPLEXY. It feels so good to know that I am not the only person in the world that goes through what PWN go through. My symptoms started when I was 13 14 years old. I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 30! I have never met any one else with N. I do belong to many groups on the internet. I just happened to come across this on facebook today. I am in college full time studying for my RN & Psychology. I have not had an easy time with this at all. Some semesters are better than others. This semester & last semester are horrible. Thank you Thank you thank you for such a wonderful opportunity!

  • Dawn Collins
    March 5, 2015 7:53 pm

    Does anyone know of any other scholarships or grants for disabilities that PWN can apply for?