PARIS — Casey Raymond, a 2022 graduate of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, was recently awarded a scholarship through Diabetes Scholars, a program of nonprofit organization Beyond Type 1. She is one of 58 recipients around the country to receive the scholarship.

As you can imagine, she is not your average student. For starters, Casey has already earned her third-class pilot’s license while still in high school. During flight school, she was also diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Despite the associated challenges, she has still thrived in pursuing her desired career path. She will continue to demonstrate her dedication to not letting diabetes hold her back as she uses this scholarship at the University of Maine at Augusta this year.

Casey Raymond is a stellar young adult in your community with an inspiring message.

Fifty-eight students across the U.S. have been awarded scholarships from Diabetes Scholars, a program of nonprofit organization Beyond Type 1. This year, the program is awarding a record-breaking $166,000 to 2021-22 high school seniors, surpassing last year’s record of $156,000.

The program is funded through a network of donations from across the nation, including individual and corporate contributions and named scholarships between $1,000-5,000. Each donation goes towards students who are living with type 1 diabetes and pursuing post-secondary education.

“We’re proud to join our generous sponsors in honoring the accomplishments of the Diabetes Scholars’ Class of 2022,” said Jordan Jendricks, vice president, missions and programs, Beyond Type 1. “These students are incredibly deserving of recognition. They showcase strength in managing and surviving a turbulent chronic illness while exceeding academic expectations, and we’re continually inspired by their perseverance and resilience.”

Studies show that students with chronic illnesses like type 1 diabetes exhibit higher stress levels, lower social confidence, illness-related school absences, and a likelihood of repeating a grade. This program is designed so that students with type 1 diabetes can use the support to help propel their success.

Since 2008, Diabetes Scholars has awarded nearly $2 million in college scholarships with this goal in mind. Additionally, this year, Beyond Type 1 is again designating a portion of scholarships for students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).

“Empowering young, historically marginalized students to pursue higher education is essential to the Diabetes Scholars program,” said Tiana Cooks, senior community manager, Beyond Type 1.  “These recipients have overcome their challenges to successfully juggle academic demands, extracurricular activities, jobs and so much more. We’re incredibly proud of them.”

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