This year we launched the Medtronic Diabetes Future Leaders Scholarship and awarded the scholarship to 10 women living with diabetes who are pursuing a STEM major. This scholarship will be awarded in collaboration with Diabetes Scholars, a Beyond Type 1 program aimed at empowering success through education for people living with type 1 diabetes. Since 2008, Diabetes Scholars has awarded over $1.6 million in college scholarships to students with type 1 diabetes, through scholarships of up to $5,000 each, and we’re so excited to be part of this important initiative.
We have loved getting to know our scholarship award winners over the past few months and wanted to share a bit more about them with our community, to highlight all the amazing things these women have already accomplished and what they’re looking forward to as they begin pursuing their college degrees. Please meet some of our scholarship award winners below:
Attending Mississippi State University as Pre-Med/Chemistry Major
“I want the chance to help other kids like me. I want to encourage them and let them know they can still do great things — diabetes should never hold them back! Diabetes has made me more responsible and resilient, and looking ahead I am motivated to have a career in diabetes. I want to be like my doctor. She is such an inspiration and so helpful.
Today I am using the MiniMed 670G system to manage my diabetes. Since I’ve been using it my A1C has dropped considerably! It’s easy to use and it’s so much easier to prevent lows*. I’m exercising more. I really like the system. This sensor is much more comfortable for me than the old one, as well. I feel prepared for college now…working hard has paid off.”
Attending MIT as Mechanical Engineering Major
“I was 7 years old when I was diagnosed with diabetes — it was in January and I remember I was really sick for a month or 2 before that. Since then I have just taken to watching my CGM a lot to see how I am doing in terms of management and I am pretty independent. It has shaped me in a way that is hard to put into words. It has made me aware of things that most others do not think of otherwise and I definitely have more of a focus on my health.
I am excited to enter college and have new opportunities and experiences, including more classes related to mechanical engineering and research. My family was really excited to hear that I got this scholarship as it relieves a little bit of the financial stress and makes me feel like all of my hard work paid off.”
Attending Northeastern as Physics or Pre-Med Major
“I cannot wait to start at college. One thing that this scholarship will help me do is enter a program through the university that sends around 100 students out of the country for the first semester, I am going to Dublin, Ireland! I have some things to think through, such as packing to fly to Dublin with clothes and everything I need for the next 4 months, including all my diabetes supplies but I welcome the challenge and am looking forward to this next adventure.”
Attending UVA as Biology Major
“UVA has always been my number one choice for school but out of state tuition is expensive and this scholarship definitely helps make it possible. My dad and brother also went to UVA so I’m excited to continue the tradition.
I’m excited to meet new people since I have been at the same school with the same people since kindergarten. I’ve loved growing up with them but am looking forward to new experiences.”
Attending UNC – Chapel Hill as a Global Studies Major
“It was a happy moment to receive this award. I have received awards for studying in school and playing athletics, but receiving this scholarship made me feel supported and recognized for the hard work I put into managing my diabetes. It’s also a big help with college expenses—not just those of regular college studies, but the added expense of having diabetes.
While I am a bit nervous to figure out how to balance it all in this new environment, I’m not nervous about diabetes since I won’t be too far away from home, and I am super independent when it comes to diabetes management.”
Attending Liberty University as a Biomedical Sciences Major
“My grandparents died of leukemia and heart disease (a complication from type 2 diabetes) before I was born. That got me interested in research growing up, and now I want to get my PhD and go into that field.
Going to college I was worried that my roommates would be light sleepers and my CGM would wake them up at night, but I started classes already and so far so good! This scholarship has meant so much as Liberty was my #1 choice but is a private school and more expensive than the state schools. This money really helped make it happen and I look forward to using it to pursue diabetes research.”
Attending UNC – Chapel Hill as Computer Science Major
“I grew up in a very small town so am looking forward to all of the exposure to new groups of people, and opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom. I am also looking forward to gaining a deeper connection with my Indian culture, diabetes networks, and professional groups. For instance, I have never been exposed to other kids living with diabetes so I have already sought out the diabetes support group on campus and numerous other resources that provide a connection with students living with diabetes.
I am very appreciative of the financial help this scholarship has afforded my family. I am also equally appreciative of the sense of recognition that comes with this scholarship and being part of an organization of students living with diabetes.”
We are happy to be a part of this meaningful offering within the diabetes community and look forward to supporting these students as they go on to pursue their education and future careers. Good luck ladies as you start your freshman year of college. You got this!
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Important Safety Information
MINIMED 670G™ SYSTEM
The Medtronic MiniMed™ 670G system is intended for continuous delivery of basal insulin (at user selectable rates) and administration of insulin boluses (in user selectable amounts) for the management of type 1 diabetes mellitus in persons, seven years of age and older, requiring insulin as well as for the continuous monitoring and trending of glucose levels in the fluid under the skin. The MiniMed™ 670G system includes SmartGuard™ technology, which can be programmed to automatically adjust delivery of basal insulin based on Continuous Glucose Monitor sensor glucose values and can suspend delivery of insulin when the sensor glucose value falls below or is predicted to fall below predefined threshold values. The system requires a prescription. The Guardian™ Sensor (3) glucose values are not intended to be used directly for making therapy adjustments, but rather to provide an indication of when a fingerstick may be required. A confirmatory finger stick test via the CONTOUR®NEXT LINK 2.4 blood glucose meter is required prior to making adjustments to diabetes therapy. All therapy adjustments should be based on measurements obtained using the CONTOUR®NEXT LINK 2.4 blood glucose meter and not on values provided by the Guardian™ Sensor (3). Always check the pump display to ensure the glucose result shown agrees with the glucose results shown on the CONTOUR®NEXT LINK 2.4 blood glucose meter. Do not calibrate your CGM device or calculate a bolus using a blood glucose meter result taken from an Alternative Site (palm) or from a control solution test. It is not recommended to calibrate your CGM device when sensor or blood glucose values are changing rapidly, e.g., following a meal or physical exercise. If a control solution test is out of range, please note that the result may be transmitted to your pump when in the “Always” send mode.
Pump therapy is not recommended for people whose vision or hearing does not allow recognition of pump signals and alarms. Pump therapy is not recommended for people who are unwilling or unable to maintain contact with their healthcare professional. The safety of the MiniMed™ 670G system has not been studied in pregnant women. For complete details of the system, including product and important safety information such as indications, contraindications, warnings and precautions associated with system and its components, please consult http://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/important-safety-information#minimed-670g and the appropriate user guide at http://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/download-library
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