The Guthrie-Koch PKU Scholarship
In memory of Dr. Robert Guthrie, this higher education scholarship program was
started after his death in June 1995 by National PKU News. Dr. Guthrie
developed the newborn screening test for phenylketonuria (PKU) in 1961. He then
worked tirelessly for more than thirty years to establish newborn screening
programs in the United States and many other countries. Every family of a child
with PKU born after the mid-1960's, in a country where newborn screening is
done, has reaped the benefits: more than 20,000 children have been saved from
devastating mental retardation caused by untreated PKU. Early screening and a
special diet have allowed these young people to grow up normally and lead full,
Who is eligible:
Scholarships are open to any college-age young person with PKU who is on diet treatment and is not in graduate school (the scholarship is now open only to undergraduates, a change from previous years due to financial reasons). Residents of any country are eligible to apply, but the application must be in English or translated into readable English.
Applicants must be accepted to an accredited college or technical school before the scholarship is awarded, but may apply for the scholarship before acceptance is confirmed.
Who will review scholarship applications:
A scholarship committee will review all applications. The committee consists of well-known PKU professionals and Guthrie family members.
Academic excellence and financial need of the applicant will be among factors considered, but financial need is NOT a prerequisite for being awarded a scholarship or merit award (it is only considered when the committee decides on the amount of the award).
We are looking for excellent students, no matter what their financial need.
Applications will be available after July 1 each year for that year's applications.
Completed applications must be postmarked by October 15 each year.
For downloading the application, please click here.
Last update: Decenber 2012