The Lupus Inspiration Foundation for Excellence (L.I.F.E) was founded in 2001, with the goal of providing merit based assistance to deserving college and graduate school students who despite having been diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE or lupus) are continuing their education despite the hardships brought on by their disease.
College degrees are often more difficult for individuals with lupus to attain; many individuals with organ-threatening disease must delay school or drop out altogether. Those who are able to attend may need to reduce their course load. This part-time status places a substantial financial burden on any student, since most financial aid or scholarships are given only to full-time students.
The Lupus Inspiration Foundation for Excellence (L.I.F.E) realizes the obstacles a student with lupus faces, and was created to help these students achieve their academic goals by providing financial and educational assistance. Our organization further seeks to promote awareness of lupus.
Each year the L.I.F.E. Scholarship Committee will select students to receive The L.I.F.E. Scholarship who have demonstrated courage and perseverance in their struggle to overcome the limitations of lupus.
As of August 2013, the Lupus Foundation for Excellence has provided scholarships to 75 deserving students attending colleges and universities in 25 states plus the District of Columbia.