About the Program

Route 79, The Duchenne Scholarship Program, is designed to help students diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy pursue their post-high school educational goals.  The scholarship is named after the79 exons in the dystrophin gene impacted by Duchenne.  Sarepta knows that the route traveled by every person with Duchenne is distinct and therefore, through this program, we, annually, will acknowledge and support twenty individuals with Duchenne who are taking charge and mapping out their future via educational pursuits. Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to each scholarship recipient.

For answers to other program related questions please download our FAQ document

Application Process and Timeline

Application And Scholarship Timeline:

  • Application Window Opens: February 27, 2020
  • Application Window Closes: April 15, 2020 at 11:59PM PT
    Deadline extended: Monday, May 4th at 11:59PM PT
  • Scholarship Recipients Notified: June 2020

This Year’s Essay Theme:

2020 opens the door to a new decade and can encourage us to reflect on the past, while looking forward to the future.  The year’s application will ask you to answer one of the following questions:

  • 2020 is a new decade. Tell us about a time in your life when you tried something new. What about it was exciting, challenging or rewarding?
  • Starting a new decade can encourage us to reflect upon the past.  Tell us about something you have learned in the past decade.
  • With a new decade comes new possibilities.  What progress do you imagine will occur in this decade and how will you contribute to moving it forward?

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 will be blinded to the name of the individual applicant, as well as whether the applicant has received, or plans to receive a Sarepta Therapy. 

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For answers to other program related questions please download our FAQ document.

Meet Past Scholars

The breadth and depth of focus across the Route 79 scholarship recipients is impressive. They're pursuing associates, bachelors, and masters degrees. Their areas of study reflect any typical pool of American students: humanities subjects like classics and political science; technology fields like computer science and mechanical engineering; and others such as journalism, business, hospitality management, and more.

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.

2019 Route 79 Scholarship Recipients

2018 scholarship recipients are available here.

Inspired And Strengthened By Communities

The 2019 applicants were asked to submit essays on the theme of community. They wrote of finding strength and support in the schools and towns that rally around them. The sports team that adapt to their needs. The clubs and shared interests that fuel their imaginations

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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.