If you are living with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), also known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), we invite you to apply for our $1,000 college scholarship.
The deadline to apply for the Spring 2019 scholarship is December 15, 2018.
The eligibility requirements and essay questions that applicants may choose from are below.
About the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Scholarship
Not Guilty Adams offers the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Scholarship in honor of paralegal Jen Blum’s daughter, McKenzie Davis, who was diagnosed with RSD in high school. The condition is characterized by chronic, intense pain that is disproportionate to the injury that caused it.
Despite the challenges of living with RSD, McKenzie pursued her dream of a career in the medical field, persevering through Good Samaritan College of Nursing. She graduated with honors with her RN degree in 2016.
“RSD is an ‘invisible’ disease that is poorly understood by those unaffected by it, and so support may be hard to come by for some people suffering from this devastating disease,” notes Jen, who strives to provide her daughter with a solid support system. “My family and I, along with the team at Not Guilty Adams, hope this scholarship will provide some financial support for somebody pursuing a college education despite this excruciating disease.”
Eligibility for the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Scholarship
To qualify for the RSD scholarship, you must meet these eligibility criteria:
- 3.0 GPA (must submit unofficial transcript);
- Enrolled in an accredited college or university or admitted as an incoming freshman;
- Suffering from RSD;
- Complete an essay on one of the topics below;
- Submit application using the form on this page; and
- Agree to terms and conditions.
Answer One of These Essay Questions
Please write a 500- to 1,000-word essay on one of the following topics. You must submit your essay in PDF format along with the rest of your application using the form on this page.
- What obstacles has RSD presented as you pursue your education? And how have you overcome them?
- What advice would you give somebody recently diagnosed with RSD?
- Have you turned your experience with RSD into something positive? How?
How to Apply for the RSD Scholarship
Please submit your application using the form on this page. We will not consider applications submitted in any other manner.