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The Application Period for the 2023-2024 Academic Year is Now Closed

The RARE Scholars program is an annual scholarship opportunity for people living with a genetic condition. These scholarships recognize and support students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and engagement in school and community activities.

Applications will reopen in early 2024.

The RARE Scholars program has awarded $105,000 to 22 students since it was started in 2017. This year, the program will award up to an additional $25,000 in scholarships. Scholarships will be offered in two categories: $5,000 to students in four-year undergraduate or graduate studies programs and $2,500 to students in two-year or vocational-technical studies.


  • Applicants must be high school seniors, high school graduates or current post-secondary or graduate-level students diagnosed with mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS), phenylketonuria (PKU), Batten disease or achondroplasia. Applicants will be asked to provide a doctor’s statement with the diagnosis.
  • Applicants are not required to have undergone treatment with a BioMarin therapy. Treatment status with any manufacturer products should not be disclosed and will not be considered in evaluating applications.
  • Applicants must be enrolled or plan to be enrolled as a full- or part-time (minimum 6 credits per term) undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2023-2024 academic year.
  • Applicants must be U.S. or ex-U.S. residents enrolled in U.S.-based schools, including U.S. territories. Schools may be nonprofit or for-profit.
  • Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (or equivalent) on a 4.0 scale.

BioMarin employees and their children are ineligible for the program.

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