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 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:

Applications for 2020-2021 Academic Year are closed. Please check back for more information.

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. 

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

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, 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.

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2019 scholarship recipients are available here.

2018 scholarship recipients are available here.

Reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future

The 2020 applicants were asked to submit essays reflecting on the past decade and looking forward to the new one. 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.