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Welcome

About our Educational Scholarships:
The BioMatrix Memorial Scholarship Program is administered in partnership by Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA). The scholarship opportunities are separate from the educational scholarships awarded by HFA. For questions, please contact HFA at 202-675-6984 or scholarship@hemophiliafed.org.

BioMatrix offers six $1,000 educational scholarship opportunities to students diagnosed with hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease, and in the case of two of the scholarships, immediate family members may also apply. These scholarships are in memory of several amazing individuals who brought remarkable qualities and skills together in a way that truly touched the community they were dedicated to serving. Their efforts to make a difference in the lives of people with bleeding disorders will not be forgotten and shall be carried on with these scholarship opportunities.

We have partnered with the Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) to manage and administer the BioMatrix Scholarship Program. Partnering with HFA allows us to streamline and enhance our growing program with an organization that knows and understands the bleeding disorders community.

ALL APPLICATIONS AND SUPPORTING MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY AUGUST 1, END OF DAY.
Incomplete or late applications will not be eligible for consideration. The HFA Scholarship Committee will review applications to select the recipients. Their decision is final. Award recipients will be notified and announced in September.
Application Requirements
  • Specific eligibility requirement per scholarship as listed in its description.
  • Must be a United States resident.
  • Must have applied and been accepted to an accredited college, university or technical school in the United States on a full-time basis (12 credit hours or more).
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale during entire senior year of high school or current year of college or graduate school.
  • Employees and family members affiliated with BioMatrix are not eligible to apply.
  • Essay: 300 to 400 words. Topic choices:
    1. How do you feel your life has been influenced by having a bleeding disorder, or by having a bleeding disorder in your family?
    2. What has been your biggest challenge in regards to having a bleeding disorder and how have you, or how are you working through it?
  • Letter of Medical Verification from hematologist, physician or treatment center - physician-signed hemophilia "travel" letter is acceptable.
  • Letter of Recommendation from an instructor, school administrator, employer, church leader, volunteer coordinator, or other professional person.
  • Copy of Most Recent Transcripts from high school or college/university/technical school (if already attending). Transcript does not need to be a certified copy.
    Although a certified transcript is not required, if the school requires sending them directly, they may be mailed to: HFA Scholarship Team, 999 N. Capitol Street NE, Suite 201; Washington DC 20002. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure materials are received.
  • Copy of ACT or SAT Scores. Required only for incoming freshman.
  • Proof of Admission to the college/university/technical school (required for incoming freshman only).
  • Program is not available to those participating in or receiving healthcare coverage from Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, the Veterans Administration, or any other Federal healthcare program.


If you need help, please contact Hemophilia Federation of America at scholarship@hemophiliafed.org or call 202-675-6984.


Thank you for your interest in our scholarship program! Unfortunately applicants participating in or receiving healthcare coverage from Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, the Veterans Administration, or any other Federal healthcare program are ineligible to apply.

Our Memorial Scholarships

BIOMATRIX JOE HOLIBAUGH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Joe Holibaugh $1000 scholarship for MEN and WOMEN with Hemophilia AND an Inhibitor.
Joe Holibaugh (1971-2006): Living with severe hemophilia and an inhibitor, Joe met many challenges, but he faced these difficulties as opportunities to grow, embracing life fully with his entire being. Joe worked hard to impart this approach to others, bringing many together with his unique style of wit and humor. Joe’s work lives on in the hearts of his many friends and family who loved him dearly. He will always be remembered for his strength, love and resolve to make a difference for the bleeding disorders community.

BIOMATRIX TIM KENNEDY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Tim Kennedy $1000 scholarship for MEN with Hemophilia.
Tim Kennedy (1962-2011): Those who knew Tim remember his ability to make most anyone smile and share a hearty laugh. Though life had dealt him a rough hand, Tim kept an air about him that was truly inspiring. As a father and husband, the love he showed his two children and wife knew no bounds. As a friend, he was always ready to listen, share and comfort - most often with his signature sense of humor. As a member of the bleeding disorders community, Tim was devoted to helping his peers look past their health conditions and enjoy every moment of life for all it’s worth.

BIOMATRIX MILLE GONZALEZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Millie Gonzalez $1000 scholarship for WOMEN with Hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease.
Millie Gonzalez (1953-2001): A devoted wife and mother as well as a pioneer dedicated to advocacy, Millie promoted awareness of the unique struggles faced by women with a bleeding disorder and those caring for an individual affected by a bleeding disorder. She was married to Papo Gonzalez, a person with hemophilia and well known advocate in his own right, who passed prior to Millie. She was a tireless advocate not only for women, but also for people of Hispanic heritage affected with bleeding disorders. Although loving, compassionate and gentle, Millie had the heart of a tiger and fought each day for her own survival while inspiring others to achieve and succeed.

BIOMATRIX RON NIEDERMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Ron Niederman $1000 scholarship for MEN with Hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease and their immediate family members.
Ron Niederman (1950-1999): Ron was born with severe hemophilia during an era of few available medical treatments. He endured the challenges that came his way and faced each with grace an air of, "I can handle that, no problem." Ron exemplified the meaning of compassion towards others and practiced more than preached what it meant to be an advocate. He was a great friend and a trusted source of advice and wisdom to all that knew him. Ron’s commitment for the bleeding disorders community was surpassed only by his love for his family.

BIOMATRIX MIKE HYLTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Mike Hylton $1000 scholarship for MEN with Hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease and their immediate family members.
Mike Hylton (1945-1998): A man of great character and steadiness, Mike faced some of the most physically daunting and mortal challenges that people with severe hemophilia could encounter. During the blood crisis of the 1980s, Mike met the challenges with class and a concern for others not only in the bleeding disorder community, but also those affected with HIV. He was a thoughtful, analytical and spiritual individual - patient and tolerant of others, but certainly willing and capable to express his opinions and beliefs. While some felt it was more important to speak, he knew that it was more effective to listen. Mike found great comfort in his faith and family.

BIOMATRIX MARK COATS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Mark Coats $1000 scholarship for MEN and WOMEN with Hemophilia.
Mark Coats (1956-1963): Just a young child when he passed from hemophilia-related issues, Mark was born in an entirely different era of bleeding disorders treatment and was not able to live a near normal life as most people with hemophilia do today. With his smiling eyes and sweet grin, we are reminded that every child deserves a chance to lead a full and happy life. We look to Mark as a reminder of what living with a bleeding disorder was like not that long ago and how blessed we are to have the treatments and medical advances we have today.

Choosing Your Scholarship(s)

BIOMATRIX JOE HOLIBAUGH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

  • Joe Holibaugh (1971-2006)
  • $1000 Scholarship
  • For MEN and WOMEN with hemophilia AND an Inhibitor

BIOMATRIX TIM KENNEDY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

  • Tim Kennedy (1962-2011)
  • $1000 Scholarship
  • For MEN with hemophilia

BIOMATRIX MILLIE GONZALEZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

  • Millie Gonzalez (1953-2001)
  • $1000 Scholarship
  • For WOMEN with hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease

BIOMATRIX RON NIEDERMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

  • Ron Niederman (1950-1999)
  • $1000 Scholarship
  • For MEN with hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease and their immediate family members

BIOMATRIX MIKE HYLTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

  • Mike Hylton (1945-1998)
  • $1000 Scholarship
  • For MEN with hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease and their immediate family members

BIOMATRIX MARK COATS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

  • Mark Coats (1956-1963)
  • $1000 Scholarship
  • For MEN and WOMEN with hemophilia

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Material Submission

Below, upload your supporting materials. In order for your application to be considered complete, you must upload all required documents. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered by the committee.

Important Notes
  • Only PDF files will be accepted.
  • Only official transcripts may be mailed in; all other documents (including unofficial transcripts) must be uploaded.
Essay
Please choose one topic and submit an essay of 300-400 words:

1) How do you feel your life has been influences by having a bleeding disorder, or by having a bleeding disorder in your family.

2) What has been your biggest challenge in regards to having a bleeding disorder and how have you, or how are you, working through it?

Proof of Bleeding Disorder
Letter of Medical Verification: Documentation from a doctor, nurse, or HTC verifying that you/your family member has a bleeding disorder. Must be a recent letter.

Letter of Recommendation
Letter of Recommendation: This could be from a teacher, supervisor, counselor, etc.

Proof of Admission
Proof of Admission: For Freshman students only. Upload a copy of your acceptance letter.

ACT or SAT Scores
ACT or SAT Scores: For Freshman students only. Upload a copy of ACT or SAT Test Score.

Transcript
Transcript: Unofficial transcripts must have the school name/logo on it. Official transcripts can be mailed directly to the HFA office.


Certification & Release

An independent, unbiased Scholarship Committee will review all completed BioMatrix Memorial Scholarship Program applications and will determine the award recipients. It may be necessary for someone from the Scholarship Committee to contact you for a personal interview or to qualify any information contained within your application. Eligibility for each scholarship is verified based on criteria as well as the requirements of the specific scholarship and are awarded on an objective, nondiscriminatory basis. This criteria may include, but is not limited to academic achievement, community involvement, extracurricular involvement, leadership, awards and recognitions, personal attributes, letter of recommendation, and essay. These decisions will not be based on or require your use of BioMatrix or any of its affiliates as your health care provider. All decisions made by the Scholarship Committee are final.
Certification of Statements
I certify all statements contained in the foregoing application are true and correct, and I have personally signed this BioMatrix Memorial Scholarship Programs application.
For Award Recipients
Award recipients will be required to submit a wallet-size, color photo for announcement on BioMatrix social media sites and printed publications.
 
In consideration of my acceptance of this scholarship, should I be selected as an award recipient, I will be asked to authorize BioMatrix, and its representatives or agents, to use and disclose the information contained in this application about me or my child, including protected health information as defined by federal and state law, for use in publications and to the general public or media. The information may include my or my child’s name, age, treatment, duration of treatment, treatment plan, diagnoses, medication, city and state of residence, photographic images, video, audio, identifying information, and other information about my or my child’s life and experience as a patient of BioMatrix. The information may also be disclosed to external media and may be disclosed in the following, but not limited to, forms: press releases, stories, photographs or video clips. It may also be used for publications produced by or on behalf of BioMatrix, including but not limited to advertising, promotional and marketing materials (“Materials”). Such Materials may include sales and educational brochures, display boards, sales campaigns, promotional items, company newsletters, social media, and websites. I authorize BioMatrix to use, reuse, copy, publish, display, exhibit, reproduce, license to third parties, and distribute the materials in any educational or promotional materials or other forms of media, which may include, but are not limited to articles, magazines, advertisements, recruiting brochures, websites or publications, electronic or otherwise, without notifying me. I understand that I will not be compensated in any way for the taking or use of my or my child’s information, photographs, films, audio, and/or video. I understand that BioMatrix will not condition treatment on my provision of this authorization. I understand that any information used or disclosed pursuant to this authorization is no longer protected by federal law and may be re-disclosed.
Marketing Purposes
BioMatrix: By checking this box, you are allowing BioMatrix and its affiliates to use the information you provided to us for marketing purposes; to include you on mailing lists for newsletters; and to use information about you to identify programs and initiatives that are likely to interest you. I hereby knowingly and voluntarily authorize BioMatrix and its affiliates to use such information for the purposes described above.
HFA: By checking this box, you authorize HFA to use your information for marketing and promotional purposes.
Review & Selection Process
Please click the "Submit Application" button below to submit your application.
Note: Once your application is submitted, you can't go back and make any changes.

For any questions about your application, please contact the team at scholarship@hemophiliafed.org.
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