CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRPT), the leader in precision genetic medicine for rare diseases, today announced 21 recipients of Route 79, The Duchenne Scholarship Program. This is the third year of the scholarship program, which was created to recognize exceptional individuals with Duchenne muscular dystrophy as they pursue their post-secondary education. Recipients were chosen by an independent selection committee composed of Duchenne community members, who consider each applicant’s community involvement and a personal essay. Each student will receive a scholarship of up to $5,000.
“It is our great privilege to announce and congratulate the 2020 recipients of Route 79, The Duchenne Scholarship Program. With each new class of applicants, we are reminded of the varied interests, skills, and goals of these bright young people. Their perseverance and resiliency, particularly in the face of the challenges and uncertainties brought on by COVID, set a powerful example for others living with Duchenne,” said Diane Berry, Sarepta’s Senior Vice President of Global Health Policy, Government and Patient Affairs. “It is an honor to play a role in supporting their journey in higher education and we wish them great success. Additionally, I want to extend gratitude and appreciation to the selection committee for generously giving of their time to review the applications and essays.”
2020 Named Recipients - Route 79, The Duchenne Scholarship Program
Praise Akintola, Farmingdale State College
Porter Aydelotte, Saddleback College
Donovan Carlson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Tyler Cooley, Arizona State University
Lucas Currier, Great Bay Community College
Benjamin Dupree, The University of Texas at Arlington
Cole Dutton, West Texas A&M University
Aiden Fecteau, Eastern Connecticut State University
Yuvaraj Gambhir, University of Pennsylvania
Justin Gibbons, Saint Bonaventure University
William Hancock, Merrimack College
Joshua Jurack, James Madison University
Brian Le, Stanford University
Brian Madura, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Alice McConnell, University of Idaho
Nicholas O'Neill, Morrisville State College
Spencer Poole, Saint Joseph’s College - Suffolk Campus
Jordan Reidenberg, University of Delaware
Nathan Rothe, Texas Christian University
Christian Tumminello, Pennsylvania College of Technology
Jack Willis, Syracuse University
Scholarship recipients are chosen by an independent committee of Duchenne community members based on each applicant’s essay and demonstrated level of community involvement. Submissions are de-identified for the voting panel with no indication of whether the candidate has received, or plans to receive, a Sarepta therapy.
About Route 79, The Duchenne Scholarship Program
Route 79, The Duchenne Scholarship Program is designed to help students diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne) pursue their post-high school educational goals. There are 79 exons in the dystrophin gene impacted by Duchenne, and the route traveled by every person with Duchenne is distinct. Sarepta’s goal through this program is to acknowledge and support individuals with Duchenne who are mapping out their future via educational pursuits. Additional information is available at https://www.sarepta.com/route79.
About Sarepta Therapeutics
At Sarepta, we are leading a revolution in precision genetic medicine and every day is an opportunity to change the lives of people living with rare disease. The Company has built an impressive position in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and in gene therapies for limb-girdle muscular dystrophies (LGMDs), mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIA, Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT), and other CNS-related disorders, with more than 40 programs in various stages of development. The Company’s programs and research focus span several therapeutic modalities, including RNA, gene therapy and gene editing. For more information, please visit www.sarepta.com or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.
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