Lilly Diabetes supports Diabetes Scholars Foundation with $100,000 donation in 2013

Lilly Diabetes supports Diabetes Scholars Foundation with $100,000 donation in

Donation will help fund educational scholarships for children with diabetes

PR Newswire


INDIANAPOLIS and ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- For a
second year in a row, Lilly Diabetes will donate $100,000 to the Diabetes
Scholars Foundation (Foundation) scholarship fund. The contribution will
support the Foundation's mission to empower young people with type 1 diabetes
to live their lives to the fullest. The Foundation will use the donation to
fund the Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow's Leaders Scholarships for students with type
1 diabetes as well as conference scholarships for families to attend the 2013
children with DIABETES® Friends for Life® conference in Orlando.

In 2012, the Lilly Diabetes scholarships went to support 21 students pursuing
higher education as well as 10 families who attended the 2012 Friends for Life

"We are so pleased that Lilly Diabetes continues to support our mission to
empower people with type 1 diabetes," said Mary Podjasek, president, Diabetes
Scholars Foundation. "Life with diabetes is never easy, but through successful
partnerships like these we are able to help even more young people with type 1
diabetes follow their dreams." 

Supporting people with diabetes and their families through this donation is an
example of Lilly Diabetes' commitment to providing personal solutions for
everyday life.

"Our company and employees believe that people with diabetes should never stop
pursuing their dreams, and we are so proud to have helped the standout
students selected by the Foundation in 2012," said Steve Sugino, vice
president, Lilly Diabetes. "It will remain a priority for us to continue to
support and encourage a new batch of up-and-coming students as they
demonstrate at home, school and in their communities that having diabetes
doesn't have to stand in the way of achieving their goals."

College scholarship award criteria include community involvement, activities,
advocacy, and leadership. Applicants must also be incoming freshmen at an
accredited college or university in the fall of 2013. Scholarships are not
based on financial need; and not solely on academic achievement. Applicants
must provide an essay and letters of recommendation from both a physician
treating their diabetes and a high school counselor/teacher. This results in
scholarships that benefit an impressive group of young students with diabetes.

"The fact that this scholarship exists proves that people really care about
diabetes and believe in what people with type 1 can achieve," said Dan, a 2012
recipient of the Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow's Leaders Scholarship. "I highly
encourage high school seniors who have type 1 diabetes to apply – it really is
an honor to receive this award."

Applications, available online at, are due May 15,
2013. Recipients will be announced by the Foundation in June.

Applications for conference scholarships for families to attend the 2013
children with DIABETES Friends for Life Conference are also available online
at Conference scholarship applications are due April
15, 2013, and recipients will be announced by the Foundation in May.

For more information about the Foundation and its scholarship program, visit Additional information about Lilly Diabetes' patient
support programs can be found at

About the Diabetes Scholars Foundation
In 2004, a group of parents who have children with type 1 diabetes created the
Diabetes Scholars Foundation. Their goal was to lessen the burden of diabetes
through education and give those affected by it tools they need to cope with
the disease. Headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Ill, it is the only foundation
that funds college scholarships open to all students in the United States with
type 1 diabetes. In the past five years, the Foundation has awarded over
$500,000 in college scholarships and over 250 scholarships for families to
attend children with DIABETES Friends for Life conferences. In 2012, the
Foundation received more than 600 college scholarship applications from 49
states. Information about the Foundation is available at

About Lilly Diabetes
Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when we introduced
the world's first commercial insulin. Today we work to meet the diverse needs
of people with diabetes through research and collaboration, a broad and
growing product portfolio and a continued commitment to providing real
solutions–from medicines to support programs and more–to make lives better.
For more information, visit

About Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) 
Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing
portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its
own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific
organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides
answers—through medicines and information—for some of the world's most urgent
medical needs. Information about Lilly is available at

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Julie Williams, Communications Manager Mary Podjasek, President
Lilly Diabetes                         Diabetes Scholars Foundation
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