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The Application Period for the 2022-2023 Academic Year is Now Closed

RARE Scholars, an annual scholarship for people living with a rare condition, aims to empower students by recognizing and supporting those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and participation in school and community activities.

Applications open each year on Rare Disease Day in late February. In recognition of the company’s 25th anniversary, we have increased the scholarship from $20,000 to $25,000, awarding $5,000 for undergraduate four-year or graduate studies or $2,500 for two-year or vocational-technical studies.

Applicants must be high school seniors, graduates or current postsecondary or graduate level students diagnosed with mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS), phenylketonuria (PKU), Batten disease, or achondroplasia. Applicants are not required to have ever used a BioMarin product and treatment status is not considered as part of the application.


Applicants to RARE Scholars must:

  • Be persons who have been diagnosed by a physician as having any form of mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) disease, phenylketonuria (PKU), Batten disease or achondroplasia, regardless of treatment status. Persons are not required to be using a BioMarin product. Applicants will be asked to provide a doctor’s statement with the diagnosis.
  • Be high school seniors, graduates, current postsecondary undergraduates, or graduate level students.
  • Plan to enroll in full- or part-time (minimum 6 credits per term) undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school in the U.S. or U.S. Territories for the entire subsequent academic year.
  • Be U.S. and ex-U.S. residents enrolled in U.S.-based schools, including U.S. territories. Schools may be nonprofit or for-profit.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).
  • Employees and children of employees of BioMarin are ineligible to apply.

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