About the Program

route 79 logoRoute 79, The Duchenne Scholarship Program, was designed to help students diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy pursue their post-high school educational goals. The scholarship is named after the 79 exons in the dystrophin gene impacted by Duchenne. Sarepta knows that the route traveled by every person with Duchenne is distinct. Through this program, every year we acknowledge and support individuals with Duchenne who are taking charge and mapping out their future via educational pursuits.

We know that Duchenne affects the entire family and so in 2022, we added Duchenne sibling scholarships to the program. Siblings are an integral part of the Duchenne community and we hope that this scholarship program plays a small role in helping them achieve their dreams.

By expanding this program our goal is to empower siblings to be leaders in the Duchenne community. This community is strong because of families and we’re proud to honor them.

For questions about the Route 79 Scholarship for Individuals living with Duchenne, please reference this FAQ document.

For questions about the Route 79 Scholarship for Siblings of individuals living with Duchenne, please reference this FAQ Document.

Application Process and Timeline

Scholarship recipients are chosen by an independent committee of Duchenne community members based on the applicants’ essay, demonstrated level of community involvement and recommendation letter. The scholarship program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS), Inc., a firm that specializes in managing sponsored scholarship programs. This ensures complete impartiality in the selection of recipients and to maintain a high level of professionalism. The scholarship selection panel is blinded to the name of individual applicants, as well as whether the applicants have received, or plan to receive a Sarepta Therapy.

Please note: Applications are closed for the 2022-2023 school year.

Meet Route 79 Scholars

The breadth and depth of focus across the Route 79 scholarship recipients, past and present, is impressive.

Sarepta celebrates these students' passion and persistence, their determination to pursue new achievements, friendships, independence, and more. We're privileged to play a small role in helping them chart their future course.

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2021 scholarship recipients are available here.

2020 scholarship recipients are available here.

2019 scholarship recipients are available here.

2018 scholarship recipients are available here.

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The scholarship program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS), Inc., a firm that specializes in managing sponsored scholarship programs. This ensures complete impartiality in the selection of recipients and to maintain a high level of professionalism.

For more helpful information about scholarships plus answers to common inquiries related to ISTS’ technology and processes, visit our Self-Help Portal at ISTSprogramsupport.com. You may also call toll free (855) 670-ISTS (4787). ISTS offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CT.