About The Scholarship



The L.I.F.E. Scholarship will be awarded to one or more students each year in August. Award recipients will receive a minimum award of $500.00 made payable to the educational institution at which they are enrolled for tuition, fees, and other educational-related expenses.

Notification will be given to the winner(s) only.



Each applicant must be diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and be working towards a degree with a minimum of six credits per semester at an accredited United States college or university. The applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be involved in at least one extracurricular activity (e.g., performance group, athletics, clubs/organizations, community service, employment, etc.). We recommend that you review the FAQs Page as it may provide some insight into the requirements for this scholarship and the type of person we are looking for.

***Applicants must meet ALL Eligibility Requirements and complete the entire application procedure to be considered for the L.I.F.E. Scholarship. Applicants who do not meet ALL Eligibility Requirements and complete the entire application procedure by the July 1st deadline will be disqualified.***


Note: Fulfilling all scholarship requirements does not necessarily entitle you to a scholarship. The L.I.F.E. Scholarship is much more than fulfilling the above requirements; we are looking for students who have gone above and beyond the limits of lupus demonstrating incredible courage, strength, and perseverance. L.I.F.E. Scholarship recipients are an inspiration for those struggling to cope with this disease and they are role models willing to share their story with others.  If you do not wish others to know of your story, which is understandable, this is not the right scholarship for you.   

Application Procedure

Candidates MUST submit:

  1. Completed application checklist AND application form (download below).
  2. Letter from a physician verifying a diagnosis of SLE.
  3. Copy of a transcript or grade report of the last semester attended.
  4. One letter of recommendation from a teacher, faculty member, mentor, coach, club/organization advisor, or employer (excluding family members).
  5. An essay of 500 words or fewer, typewritten and double-spaced on "How Lupus Has Affected My Life."

The application and accompanying documents should be mailed to the following address:

Lupus Inspiration Foundation for Excellence
L.I.F.E. Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 64088
Tucson, AZ 85728-4088

 The Foundation will not accept faxed or emailed applications or those postmarked after the deadline.


Application Deadline

The application and all accompanying documents must be postmarked by July 1st.


Judging Criteria

The essay can earn a maximum of 60 points and will be judged primarily on content. The application form and the letter of recommendation together can earn an additional 40 points. The judging panel will include at least one individual with lupus.


Forms to include in application

The scholarship application form and a document containing the above described elegibility requirements and application procedure are available for download below as Adobe PDF files.


L.I.F.E. Scholarship Form (150Kb)


Application Checklist

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