Congratulations to Caroline Boccuzzi, Recipient of the 2017 L.I.F.E. Awareness Award

The L.I.F.E. Awareness Award furthers L.I.F.E.’s twofold mission of promoting lupus awareness by awarding merit-based scholarships to students in all 50 states. Each year in support of May Lupus Awareness Month, L.I.F.E. selects an inspirational applicant as the winner. 

Through this L.I.F.E. Awareness Award, more scholarships will be provided in areas less represented or states that have never received a L.I.F.E. Scholarship. This is a great way to spread awareness of a frequently misunderstood disease across the country and fulfill the L.I.F.E. Team’s goal to be represented and known in all states.

Jean Bassett from Arizona has been a loyal sponsor of scholarships since L.I.F.E.’s President & Co-Founder, Jodi Norton, initiated the Foundation’s first Sponsorship Program in 2014. L.I.F.E. is gracious for Jean’s support and excited to announce Caroline Boccuzzi as the sponsored winner for the 2017 L.I.F.E. Awareness Award. The winner of this sponsored scholarship is typically selected during May in honor of Lupus Awareness Month!

Caroline has been described as joyful, optimistic, driven, reliable, and respectful of others by those who have witnessed her perseverance and strength during her  tenure at Westhill High School in Stamford, CT. Caroline’s achievements stand on their own. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society due to her consistent and excellent academic records. Caroline has also been awarded the Fairfield University Book Award recognizing her prestigious standing in the community at Fairfield University. By any means, Caroline is accomplished.

At the age of fifteen, Caroline was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease occurring when the body’s own immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. This disease has many manifestations creating a difficult environment for an individual to succeed. Caroline not only overcame her struggles to achieve outstanding success but she has used this platform as a catalyst to be more involved in her community. Caroline has “been empowered by this condition to help others.” She lends her time as a mentor to others facing the same diagnosis as herself, to elementary school kids as a mentor and tutor, and has spent time volunteering in nursing homes. Caroline has been a member of the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Committee which allowed her to bring awareness to social issues in her community. She has lent a helping hand with her high school as a part of the Learning and Development Crew (LanD), a mentorship program for incoming freshman.

Caroline has shown great determination and academic skill in her dedication to her classes even when lupus has caused her to interrupt her schedule. In addition, Caroline exudes compassion and awareness for the struggle of others. As Managing Editor of her award winning high school newspaper and intern for Jade Marketing Solutions, Caroline has begun to pursue her professional interests.  Caroline’s diagnosis has become a bridge, connecting her to others and we are optimistic that she will continue to do so with an excellent college education at the University of Connecticut. We are proud to offer her the 2017 L.I.F.E. Awareness Award and we wish her all the very best in her endeavours.


Written by: Deanna Almanza



Tips and Reminders for 2017 Scholarship Applicants


1. Although the postmark date for completed application materials is July 1st, 2017, it is helpful for applicants to try apply as early as possible. Thank you for your help.

2. When requesting a letter of recommendation, make sure you pick wisely, give deadline and plenty of notice to your chosen non-related recommender and thank them for their time. Give information about L.I.F.E. and the criteria for the award.


1. All L.I.F.E. Scholarships are merit-based. Therefore, take special caution when reviewing criteria. Criteria has changed for submitting applications starting this year. Please review Eligibiltty and Application Procedure

2. Past Finalists or applicants that still qualify are encouraged to reapply.

3. New this year, all applicants must submit both a hard copy via mail and an electronic copy via email

4. The L.I.F.E. Team has decided not to have an application fee at this time.


For any questions, please contact us at

Best of luck to all 2017 Applicants!


Updated Medication Section Now Available!

This year in recognition of Lupus Awareness Month, L.I.F.E. has increased its effort to promote lupus awareness. You can now view an extensive list of all the common medications typically taken by lupus patients. You can easily find a medication and learn both its generic and brand name, as well as background information about the drug, and any associated side effects. This new page also provides tips and warnings for patients.

Click here to check it out now!


Coming Soon: Updated Medication Section 

To support Lupus Awareness Month, L.I.F.E. will be posting a new and updated medication section on our website. It includes something interesting for everyone. For example, want to know the common types of medications used to treat lupus? Or want to know in simple terms the mechanism of a class of medications used to treat lupus? Or an interesting fact about a drug?  Or adverse side-effects of a medication you or someone you love is taking? Or how the benefits of antimalarials were discovered by our US troops?

L.I.F.E. President, Jodi Norton and 2014 L.I.F.E. Scholarship Recipient Jacqueline Saunders have teamed up to provide an amazing medication section for our website. Jacqueline is currently a student at Ferris State University, College of Pharmacy and was not only a 2014 L.I.F.E. Scholarship Recipient but also a 2015 recipient of the L.I.F.E. Degree Completion/Scholarship Renewal Scholarship and a member of the Honorary L.I.F.E. Program for her efforts to give back. L.I.F.E. is thankful for the numerous hours Jacqueline provided as a way to give back to an organization that helped her reach her goal to become a pharmacist and once again give back to the lupus community.


The L.I.F.E. Team gives a special THANK YOU to our honorary winner Jacqueline.



Attention 2017 L.I.F.E. Scholarship Applicants 

Please note that beginning this year, in addition to mailing a hard copy of your scholarship application, all students must also submit a scanned electronic copy via email to For more information about eligibility and application requirements, please visit our Apply For A Scholarship page. 

Best of luck to all of our 2017 L.I.F.E. Scholarship applicants!


L.I.F.E. Reaches Goal Selling 2016 Jim Click Automotive Raffle Tickets

For the third year, L.I.F.E. reached its goal for selling tickets for the Jim Click Automotive Raffle. Thank you to all our donors for your continued support and generosity.