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Academic Scholarships of $1,000 are awarded annually to young adults with neurofibromatosis or schwannomatosis.

Academic Scholarships for Adults with NF

The Neurofibromatosis Midwest Scholarship Program was established in 2015 with funds donated by Francis and Irma Napolilli in 2014 and will continue through the generosity of future donors.

Eligibility Criteria: The NF Midwest Scholarship Program is open to individuals with NF who are pursuing secondary education such as (Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s or post high school vocational training certificates) at an accredited US-based college/university or trade/vocational school on a full or part-time basis.

The program is only open to US citizens living in NF Midwest’s region which includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Missouri. Students may only receive this scholarship once.

These scholarships up to $1,500 are awarded once per student and may be used continuing undergraduate (Associate’s, Bachelor’s or Vocational) or graduate school on a full or part-time basis at an accredited, US-based institution.

Selection Process:

The NF Midwest scholarship committee considers many factors. Don’t be deterred by any one criteria. We encourage all students in our region to apply.

The application process is usually open by mid January and are due no later than March 31st of the application year. While applying or after applying, each applicant must include:

  1. A letter from a physician certifying the applicant’s NF diagnosis
  2. A personal statement – see application for prompt
  3. A letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach, mentor, employer, volunteer supervisor etc. 
  4. An official high school transcript and acceptance letter or confirmation of enrollment from your chosen college/ vocational school, OR an official college transcript for those already enrolled.

Scholarship applicants will be informed by May 31st if they have received an award.

Questions? Please give us a call at (630) 945-3562 or send us an email at .


Award Announcements:
  • Scholarship award recipients will be notified by email and letter (mail) around May 31st.
  • Applicants who are not selected to be scholarship recipients will be notified by e-mail or letter (mail) around May 31st.
  • Scholarship checks will be made out to the college or school of attendance and mailed to the school.

2023 Scholarship Recipients

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2020 Scholarship Recipients

2019 Scholarship Recipients

2018 Scholarship Recipients

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2017 Scholarship Recipients

2016 Scholarship Recipients

2015 Scholarship Recipients

Application Instructions:

Please read these instructions carefully. If you have any questions, please email or contact Diana at 630-945-3562.

  1. Complete this application only if you are an entering or current undergraduate student.
  2. Complete the entire application form and submit all of the requested additional information. If there are items/questions that are not relevant to you, write N/A for not applicable.
  3. All applications must be typed.
  4. Completed application must be received by March 31st by email to or to:

Neurofibromatosis Midwest
473 Dunham Rd, Suite 3
St. Charles, IL 60174

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