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The Eric Marder Scholarship Program of IDF

The Immune Deficiency Foundation is honored to award scholarships to undergraduate students living with primary immunodeficiency diseases who plan on completing their post-secondary education. The Eric Marder Scholarship Program is open to patients with a primary immunodeficiency as classified by the World Health Organization and is intended for undergraduate students attending or entering college or a technical training school.

The Eric Marder Scholarship Program of IDF is made possible by donations to a scholarship fund to honor Eric Marder, a vibrant young man whose life was cut short at the age of 28 by complications of Common Variable Immune Deficiency. This scholarship program not only honors Eric’s memory, it also helps students who also have primary immunodeficiency diseases attend college and pursue their dreams.

Applying for Scholarships
Click here to apply for The Eric Marder Scholarship Program of IDF. The deadline for scholarship applications is April 15, 2015.

The online application for this scholarship requires uploading the following documentation:
• Autobiographical essay
• Letter from an immunologist verifying your primary immunodeficiency disease
• College acceptance letter
• References from two people who are not relatives
• Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) NOTE: The FAFSA needs to be for the 2014 tax year. A FAFSA from a previous year will NOT be accepted.

It is advised to gather the documentation you will need before starting the application process.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the IDF Eric Marder Scholarship Program can do so by donating now online, or by mailing their contribution to:

IDF Eric Marder Scholarship Program
110 West Road, Suite 300
Towson, MD 21204

For more information about Eric Marder, click here.

The Varun Bhaskaran (WAS) Scholarship Program of IDF

The Immune Deficiency Foundation is pleased to announce the new Varun Bhaskaran Scholarship of IDF for undergraduate or graduate students living with Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome (WAS). Deepak and Ramya Bhaskaran created this scholarship in memory of their son Varun, who died of complications of Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome. Varun touched the hearts and minds of many people during his very short lifetime.

Applying for Scholarships
Click here to apply for The Varun Bhaskaran (WAS) Scholarship Program of IDF. The deadline for scholarship applications is April 15, 2015

The online application for this scholarship requires uploading the following documentation:
• Autobiographical essay
• Letter from an immunologist verifying your primary immunodeficiency disease
• College acceptance letter
• References from two people who are not relatives
• Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) NOTE: The FAFSA needs to be for the 2014 tax year. A FAFSA from a previous year will NOT be accepted.

It is advised to gather the documentation you will need before starting the application process.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the Varun Bhaskaran Scholarship Program can do so by donating online now, or by mailing their contribution to:

The Varun Bhaskaran Scholarship Program
110 West Road, Suite 300
Towson, MD 21204

To learn more about Varun, please click here.

IDF is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and your contributions are tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by IRS regulations.