Any tips for a gluten free college student? And a chance for a scholarship!
Posted Dec 07 2012 12:00am
I am asking for your advice this time. I received an email from Sara who is a freshman at college and was just diagnosed with celiac:
I am a freshman in college and was diagnosed with celiac a few days ago. To make things even more difficult, I have been a vegetarian from 4 years now and going back to eating meat is definitely not an option. Because I am in college, I do not have regular access to a kitchen, except for the one all the way across campus in my sorority house, which even then does not have a stove. In my room I do have a refrigerator and freezer and a microwave. Most of my meals used to be eaten in the cafeteria, but being a smaller school, there were already very few options for vegetarians, much less for those of us that are gluten free. Do you have any tips for dealing with my current, very difficult situation? No one in my family has ever been gluten free and we are at a complete loss as to how to deal with this, especially with my family many hours away. I am open to any advice you have both on the side of getting actual food I can eat and dealing with watching others eat things I cannot (you would think I would be used to this as a vegetarian but I really have never had an issue until now because I feel so limited).
Any other ideas? My oldest is a Junior in High School, so this something we are just starting to think about. Being able to eat won't define where she goes to college, but it will certainly be a factor.
While searching for some information for Sara, I ran across Erin Smith's Gluten Free Fun blog that announced a Celiac College Scholarship. I think this is so cool, I had to share it.
From Erin Smith:
The Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation now offers a one of a kind scholarship
opportunity that will help students with Celiac Disease off-set the
costs of gluten-free living when entering college. This scholarship
award helps students subsidize their meal costs that are dictated by
living with Celiac Disease.
We are pleased to award these scholarships to students that are
graduating high school and entering into a four-year undergraduate
college program, and are doing so with Celiac Disease. As the daily
struggles of living with Celiac Disease can sometimes be debilitating,
each of the students applying should be students who exemplify
perseverance, hard work, and dedication, all traits the foundation
prides itself on.
Other criteria must be met during the application process, but we
naturally want to honor those hard at work that live with Celiac
Disease, and continually open new doors for themselves through their
The application for the graduating High School class of 2013 is now available, so e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
to receive yours! Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter for up to
date scholarship information, as well as all of the new and exciting
things the Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation has to offer!