News from Hepatitis Week of August 24, 2003 / Vol. 3 No. 34
Hispanic and African-Americans With Hepatitis C May Be Eligible for Scholarships


Hispanic and African-American students entering college in 2004 who have hepatitis C or who are dependents of a person with the disease are eligible for college scholarships through the New Horizons Scholars Program funded by the Roche Foundation

Hepatitis C disproportionately affects the African-American and Hispanic community. In the United States, 3.2 percent of African Americans are infected with hepatitis C, compared with 2.1 percent of Hispanics and 1.5 percent of Caucasians.

Established last year, the program will provide up to 50 scholarships to such students. Students will be eligible for $2,500 per year for four years, and must maintain the program's academic standard of 2.5 G.P.A. Scholarship winners will be notified in the late spring of 2004. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 20, 2004

"This program is part of The Roche Foundation's ongoing efforts to help lessen the long term impact of hepatitis C on patients and their families," said Vivian Beetle, executive director of the Roche Foundation,

The Roche Foundation was created in 1947 as an independent charitable entity, solely funded by the company.

Other sources: Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund