The Arthritis Foundation is proud to offer the Winterhoff Arthritis Scholarship Program; the first college scholarship program in the country for students living with rheumatic diseases. This scholarship was made possible by the generous donation by the late Walter J. and Kathryn M. Winterhoff. The Winterhoffs’ were passionate about higher education and the work of the Arthritis Foundation.
Since 2010, the Winterhoff Arthritis Scholarship has granted scholarships to students in the Pacific Southwest and in 2017, this opportunity became nationwide!
Who can Apply for a Winterhoff Arthritis Scholarship?
Eligible Applicants at-a-glance:
- Have doctor-diagnosed arthritis or related rheumatic disease
- Have and maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA
- A US citizen or a legal and permanent resident of the US
- Accepted to an accredited undergraduate program, graduate program, or medical school
- Enrolled full-time each semester
- Involved with the Arthritis Foundation as an advocate, fundraiser, participant, volunteer, and/or supporter
An eligible applicant can reapply for the Winterhoff Arthritis Scholarship for up to four-years of undergraduate course of study, or in the alternative, up to four-years of a graduate or medical program. There are no limitations placed on the course of study selected by an eligible applicant. The Winterhoff Arthritis Scholarship is intended to cover cost of tuition, books and supplies as may be required from time to time in furtherance of the selected course of study and for the period as defined. The Arthritis Scholarship is not intended to cover board, room or incidental travel costs or living expenses of the eligible recipient.
There can be no guarantee that the scholarship will be available each year, or the amount of the scholarship that will be available to applicants in any future year.
How Much is the Scholarship Award?
Up to $5,000 per academic year, for up to four years, to be disbursed to the student’s university accounts. Eligible recipients must reapply annually to be considered for the upcoming academic year. The terms established by the donors require that scholarship funds be utilized only for tuition, books and supplies. The scholarship is only available fall and spring semesters (not the summer sessions).
Students must be willing to be involved in the Arthritis Foundation Scholarship publicity and remain involved with the Arthritis Foundation as an advocate, fundraiser, participant, volunteer, and/or supporter.
What is the scholarship timeline for 2018?
January 30th: Scholarship Application Opens
March 30th: Scholarship Application Closes
May 1st: Award decisions are announced
2018-2019 Winterhoff Arthritis Scholarship Application
The 2018-2019 Winterhoff Arthritis Scholarship application is closed. Applications are being reviewed by the Winterhoff Arthritis Scholarship Committee.
All applicants will be contacted the first week of May with final decisions.
Check back in January/February 2019 for the 2019-2020 Winterhoff Arthritis Scholarship information.
More Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find additional Scholarship Opportunities?
Additional scholarship opportunities are listed on the Juvenile Arthritis Transition website under “College Scholarships & Financial Aid."
For more information, please contact Jennifer Ziegler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-965-7727.
There are no guarantees that this scholarship program will be available in subsequent academic years, or that a given recipient will receive the award in subsequent academic years.
No member of Arthritis Foundation Staff, National Board of Directors, or Winterhoff Scholarship Committee, or his or her immediate family, shall be eligible for a scholarship award.