The Fight the Flame CRPS Awareness Scholarship was established to encourage students to educate others about Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). CRPS formally known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is a chronic, degenerative, neurological pain disorder. To the outside world, a person with CRPS looks "healthy." People with CRPS push through their pain to survive and succeed in their daily lives. It is difficult for someone battling with CRPS to hear from others who are not aware of the disease, that they look good, so they must not be sick. CRPS is an invisible disease, as are so many others; fibromyalgia, depression, Sjogren's, Interstitial Cystitis, Eating Disorders, etc.
Spreading awareness, supporting education and research about Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), is the key to one day finding a cure for this dreadful pain disorder. As part of our advocacy efforts, we are offering one Fight the Flame® CRPS Awareness Scholarship of $1,000 to a high school senior. Applicants must be a high school senior in good standing with at least a 3.0 GPA, scheduled to graduate in the spring of the current school year. Must be accepted and planning to pursue a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution (copy of acceptance letter required). Applicants must submit a complete application, answer one essay question (500 words), present a complete communication log sheet and provide a copy of college acceptance letter.