About the Program

route 79 logoRoute 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 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. Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to each scholarship recipient.

In the 2022-2023 academic year, we are awarding up to 15 scholarships to individuals living with Duchenne.

New: We are also pleased to announce that this year we will also be awarding up to 5 academic scholarships of $5000 to siblings of individuals living with Duchenne for the 2022-2023 academic year.

We know that Duchenne affects the entire family and that is why we are thrilled to able to extend the scholarship to siblings. 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 will be blinded to the name of individual applicants, as well as whether the applicants have received, or plan to receive a Sarepta Therapy.

Timeline:

  • Application Open: March 8, 2022
  • Application Deadline: May 13, 2022
  • Notification of Selection Results: July 2022
  • Funds Disbursed: August 2022

If you are an individual living with Duchenne and applying to the scholarship, use the following:

Application Website: https://aim.applyISTS.net
Route 79 Program Key: route79

If you are a sibling of an individual living with Duchenne and applying to the scholarship, use the following:

Application Website: https://aim.applyISTS.net
Route 79 Sibling Program Key: Route79Sibling

For answers to other program related questions please download our Route 79 FAQ document and Route 79 Sibling Scholarship FAQ.

Meet Route 79 Scholars

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

2021 Route 79 recipients

2020 scholarship recipients are available here.

2019 scholarship recipients are available here.

2018 scholarship recipients are available here.

Reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future

The 2021 applicants were asked to submit essays reflecting on adjusting to the unexpected. Check out some messages from recipients below.

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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.