Children with Diabetes is an Ohio-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes. 

Children with Diabetes focuses on care today, so we are ready for a cure tomorrow. As an advocate and global resource, we provide support, education and inspiration to empower families and all people living with diabetes to enjoy healthy, enriched lives.

For questions about our Friends for Life scholarship program, please email scholarships@childrenwithdiabetes.com.

For questions about volunteer applications or any other submission through this platform, please email applications@childrenwithdiabetes.com.

For Families of Children with Type 1 Diabetes

Use this application to apply for a Family Scholarship for Friends for Life Orlando 2021. For this application, at least one child should have type 1 diabetes. For families in which a parent has type 1 diabetes but a child does not, please select the Family Adult Scholarship for Friends for Life Orlando 2021.

All Scholarship Opportunities for Friends for Life Orlando:

  • Family Scholarship (family has a child with type 1 diabetes - this application)
  • Adult Family Scholarship (family has an adult or parent with type 1 diabetes)
  • Stewart Perry Memorial Scholarship for Young Adults (adults age 18-26 with type 1 diabetes)

This Family Scholarship can include:

  • One hotel room at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (accommodating up to four people in the room) for five (5) nights (arrive Tuesday, depart Sunday), and
  • Conference registration for up to four (4) people. 

Transportation expenses are not included. Costs for additional people and other expenses are the responsibility of the recipient.

Estimated Costs to Attend Friends for Life Orlando 2021

As you consider attending Friends for Life Orlando, we want you to know the estimated costs. These are general costs and will vary by family.

  • Conference Registration - $200 per person age 6+ includes meals (Wednesday evening reception; Thursday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Friday breakfast and lunch; Sunday breakfast), all sessions, all social events, admission to the Exhibition Hall.
  • Hotel - $176 per night - $880 Tuesday - Sunday (not including taxes) that sleeps up to four people, walk to the conference center, Disney transportation to theme parks and Disney Springs.
  • Transportation - Varies by Family. If you drive, parking is free at the conference hotel.

CWD is committed to providing support to as many families as possible. As part of the scholarship application, you will be able to tell us what level of support you need to be able to attend Friends for Life Orlando. 

Financial Need

Financial need is a component of prioritizing this support, so you are required to submit financial information demonstrating need. In addition, please arrange for a letter of recommendation from your diabetes care team. You will need to enter their email address and our scholarship processing system will reach out to them to upload their letter. Both your financial information and the letter of recommendation are required to process your scholarship application.

Before You Begin

Before you begin your application, please gather the following items. You will need all of these to complete your application.

  • Digital copy of your 2020 Federal Tax Return (most commonly Form 1040)
  • Digital copy of your most recent W2 (one for each working parent or adult)
  • Email address for your diabetes care team to request a letter of recommendation

COVID Waiver

All participants in Friends for Life Orlando 2021 must sign a COVID waiver. You can review the waiver online at https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/v/fflorlando2021.

This scholarship is available to US citizens and legal residents only.

For Families with a Parent or Child with Type 1 Diabetes

Use this application to apply for a 2021 ADCES Foundation Friends for Life Orlando Family Scholarship. To qualify for this scholarship, at least one (1) child or one (1) adult in the family should have type 1 diabetes.

2021 ADCES Foundation Scholarship Opportunities for Friends for Life Orlando:

  • 2021 ADCES Foundation Friends for Life Orlando Family Scholarship (child or parent with type 1)
  • 2021 ADCES Foundation Scholarship for Young Adults (adults age 18-26 with type 1 diabetes)

This Family Scholarship can include:

  • One hotel room at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (accommodating up to four people in the room) for five (5) nights (arrive Tuesday, depart Sunday), and
  • Conference registration for up to four (4) people. 
  • Transportation expenses are included for gas and tolls up to $150. All receipts are required. Any additional people attending, and any additional expenses, are the responsibility of the recipient. No other forms of transportation will be covered (including air, train or bus).

Estimated Costs to Attend Friends for Life Orlando 2021
As you consider attending Friends for Life Orlando, we want you to know the estimated costs. These are general costs and will vary by family.

  • Conference Registration - $200 per person age 6+ includes meals (Wednesday evening reception; Thursday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Friday breakfast and lunch; Sunday breakfast), all sessions, all social events, admission to the Exhibition Hall.
  • Hotel - $176 per night - $880 Tuesday - Sunday (not including taxes) that sleeps up to four people, walk to the conference center, Disney transportation to theme parks and Disney Springs.
  • Transportation - Varies by Family. If you drive, parking is free at the conference hotel. 

CWD is committed to providing support to as many families as possible. As part of the scholarship application, you will be able to tell us what level of support you need to be able to attend Friends for Life Orlando.

Financial Need
Financial need is a component of prioritizing this support, so you are required to submit financial information demonstrating need. In addition, please arrange for a letter of recommendation from your diabetes care team. You will need to enter their email address and our scholarship processing system will reach out to them to upload their letter. Both your financial information and the letter of recommendation are required to process your scholarship application.

Before You Begin
Before you begin your application, please gather the following items. You will need all of these to complete your application.

  • Digital copy of your 2020 Federal Tax Return (most commonly Form 1040)
  • Digital copy of your most recent W2 (one for each working parent or adult)
  • Email address for your diabetes care team to request a letter of recommendation

COVID Waiver
All participants in Friends for Life Orlando 2021 must sign a COVID waiver. You can review the waiver online at https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/v/fflorlando2021.
This scholarship is available to US citizens and legal residents only.

For Families that Include an Adult with Type 1 Diabetes

Use this application to apply for an Adult Family Scholarship for Friends for Life Orlando 2021. For this scholarship, an adult in the family must have type 1 diabetes. For families in which a child has type 1 diabetes but an adult does not, please select the Family Scholarship for Friends for Life Orlando 2021.

All Scholarship Opportunities for Friends for Life Orlando:

  • Family Scholarship (family has a child with type 1 diabetes)
  • Adult Family Scholarship (family has an adult or parent with type 1 diabetes - this application)
  • Stewart Perry Memorial Scholarship for Young Adults (adults age 18-26 with type 1 diabetes)

This Adult Family Scholarship can include:

  • One hotel room at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (accommodating up to four people in the room) for five (5) nights (arrive Tuesday, depart Sunday), and
  • Conference registration for up to four (4) people. 

Transportation expenses are not included. Costs for additional people and other expenses are the responsibility of the recipient.


Estimated Costs to Attend Friends for Life Orlando 2021
As you consider attending Friends for Life Orlando, we want you to know the estimated costs. These are general costs and will vary by family.

  • Conference Registration - $200 per person age 6+ includes meals (Wednesday evening reception; Thursday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Friday breakfast and lunch; Sunday breakfast), all sessions, all social events, admission to the Exhibition Hall.
  • Hotel - $176 per night - $880 Tuesday - Sunday (not including taxes) that sleeps up to four people, walk to the conference center, Disney transportation to theme parks and Disney Springs.
  • Transportation - Varies by Family. If you drive, parking is free at the conference hotel.


CWD is committed to providing support to as many families as possible. As part of the scholarship application, you will be able to tell us what level of support you need to be able to attend Friends for Life Orlando.


Financial Need

Financial need is a component of prioritizing this support, so you are required to submit financial information demonstrating need. In addition, please arrange for a letter of recommendation from your diabetes care team. You will need to enter their email address and our scholarship processing system will reach out to them to upload their letter. Both your financial information and the letter of recommendation are required to process your scholarship application.


Before You Begin

Before you begin your application, please gather the following items. You will need all of these to complete your application.

  • Digital copy of your 2020 Federal Tax Return (most commonly Form 1040)
  • Digital copy of your most recent W2 (one for each working adult)
  • Email address for your diabetes care team to request a letter of recommendation

COVID Waiver

All participants in Friends for Life Orlando 2021 must sign a COVID waiver. You can review the waiver online at https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/v/fflorlando2021.

This scholarship is available to US citizens and legal residents only.

For Young Adults Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Use this application to apply for a Stewart Perry Memorial Scholarship for Friends for Life Orlando 2021. This scholarship is for young adults, ages 18-26, living with type 1 diabetes.

This scholarship is made possible by a donation by the family of John-Stewart Perry. He passed away in September of 2020. The entire Perry family has dealt with diabetes for many  years and John-Stewart had type 1 diabetes. The family created this scholarship fund to enable young adults living with type 1 diabetes to have the ability to attend and experience the joy and sense of belonging that comes from participating in a Friends for Life Conference.

The Stewart Perry Memorial Scholarship for Young Adults includes:

  • One hotel room at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort for five (5) nights (arrive Tuesday, depart Sunday), 
  • Conference registration, and
  • Travel expenses in accordance with CWD's travel guidelines.

Costs for additional people and other expenses are the responsibility of the recipient.

Estimated Costs to Attend Friends for Life Orlando 2021

As you consider attending Friends for Life Orlando, we want you to know the estimated costs. These are general costs and will vary by family.

  • Conference Registration - $200 per person age 6+ includes meals (Wednesday evening reception; Thursday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Friday breakfast and lunch; Sunday breakfast), all sessions, all social events, admission to the Exhibition Hall.
  • Hotel - $176 per night - $880 Tuesday - Sunday (not including taxes) that sleeps up to four people, walk to the conference center, Disney transportation to theme parks and Disney Springs.
  • Transportation. If you drive, parking is free at the conference hotel.


CWD is committed to providing support to as many families as possible. As part of the scholarship application, you will be able to tell us what level of support you need to be able to attend Friends for Life Orlando.

Financial Need

Financial need is a component of prioritizing this support, so you are required to submit financial information demonstrating need. Your financial information is required to process your scholarship application.

COVID Waiver

All participants in Friends for Life Orlando 2021 must sign a COVID waiver. You can review the waiver online at https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/v/fflorlando2021.

This scholarship is available to US citizens and legal residents only.

For Young Adults Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Use this application to apply for a 2021 ADCES Foundation Friends for Life Orlando Young Adult Scholarship. This scholarship is for young adults, ages 18-26, living with type 1 diabetes.

The 2021 ADCES Foundation Friends for Life Orlando Young Adult Scholarship includes:

  • One hotel room at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort for five (5) nights (arrive Tuesday, depart Sunday), 
  • Conference registration, and
  • Transportation expenses are included for gas and tolls up to $150. All receipts are required. Any additional people attending, and any additional expenses, are the responsibility of the recipient. No other forms of transportation will be covered (including air, train or bus).

Costs for additional people and other expenses are the responsibility of the recipient.

Estimated Costs to Attend Friends for Life Orlando 2021
As you consider attending Friends for Life Orlando, we want you to know the estimated costs. These are general costs and will vary by family.

  • Conference Registration - $200 per person age 6+ includes meals (Wednesday evening reception; Thursday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Friday breakfast and lunch; Sunday breakfast), all sessions, all social events, admission to the Exhibition Hall.
  • Hotel - $176 per night - $880 Tuesday - Sunday (not including taxes) that sleeps up to four people, walk to the conference center, Disney transportation to theme parks and Disney Springs.
  • Transportation - If you drive, parking is free at the conference hotel. 


CWD is committed to providing support to as many individuals as possible. As part of the scholarship application, you will be able to tell us what level of support you need to be able to attend Friends for Life Orlando.
Financial Need
Financial need is a component of prioritizing this support, so you are required to submit financial information demonstrating need. Your financial information is required to process your scholarship application.
COVID Waiver
All participants in Friends for Life Orlando 2021 must sign a COVID waiver. You can review the waiver online at https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/v/fflorlando2021.
This scholarship is available to US citizens and legal residents only.

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