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2019 National Lupus Advocacy Summit: Scholarship Program

The Lupus Foundation of America’s 2019 National Lupus Advocacy Summit will take place on March 4 & 5 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

Lupus advocates play a critical role in increasing funding for lupus research and enacting policies that ensure people with lupus have access to the care they need. The National Lupus Advocacy Summit provides lupus advocates with the opportunity to fight the disease through advocacy. The Summit features:

  • Advocacy trainings to help advocates deliver an effective message to their Members of Congress during the Summit and throughout the year;
  • Interactive panel presentations on key topics including lupus drug development and federal programs that support lupus research, education and awareness;
  • Educational sessions about the Lupus Foundation of America’s legislative priorities;
  • Meetings with Members of Congress and their staff. 

The ultimate goal of the Summit is to raise the profile of this debilitating disease among legislators in our nation’s capital so that they will do more to create a world without lupus. By hearing directly from people affected by lupus, we believe that legislators will better understand the urgency of the situation and act to advance policies that will benefit the lupus community.

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Summit Scholarship Program

The Lupus Foundation of America understands that traveling to Washington, DC to participate in the Summit can be expensive, especially considering the burden of the disease and the need for many people with lupus to travel with their family or a caregiver. To open the event up to as many people as possible, the Foundation created a scholarship program to limit the financial barriers to attendance for select advocates.

Please note that we receive many more applications than we are able to fund, and the review process is highly competitive. For those advocates who do not receive a scholarship, we are pleased to provide a trip planner and fundraising guide that will help advocates budget for their trip and secure funds to offset or completely cover the costs of their trip to the Summit.

Scholarship FAQs
What a Summit scholarship covers

The 2019 scholarship covers the Summit registration fee, travel to and from Washington, DC, and lodging costs at the host hotel. For advocates under the age of 18 who receive a scholarship, it will also cover these costs for one parent or guardian.

Scholarship eligibility

To be eligible for a scholarship to attend the Summit, you must be:

  • Living with lupus;
  • A U.S. resident;
  • Willing and able to share your story with your members of Congress;
  • Willing and able to travel to Washington, DC for the Summit on March 4 & 5, 2019;
  • Willing and able to share your Summit experience (blog, video, etc.) after the event.
How to apply
  1. Download the application.
  2. Complete the entire application form. Answers may be typed or handwritten - feel free to use additional pages if you need more space.
  3. Send your completed application to Travis Smith, Director of Government Relations, via email at [email protected].

All scholarship applications must be received on or before Friday, December 21. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

After applying

All scholarship applicants will receive a decision no later than January 4, 2019. For those advocates receiving a scholarship, the award must be accepted within one week of notification.

As you wait to hear about the status of your application, check out our guide to fundraising to attend the Summit. Even without a scholarship, there are ways that you can offset the cost of your trip to Washington.

If you are applying for a scholarship, we do not recommend that you begin fundraising until you receive notice that you have not been selected to receive a scholarship. In the meantime, you can plan your fundraising activities so you're ready to begin fundraising immediately should you not receive a scholarship.

Questions

For questions about the scholarship program or the Summit, please contact Travis Smith at 202-212-6778 or [email protected].