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Cystic Fibrosis Scholarships

Here are some of the Cystic Fibrosis scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.

Jerry Cahill You Cannot Fail Scholarship

Boomer Esiason Foundation Volunteer Jerry Cahill created the You Cannot Fail program to challenge people to discover their own heroism, embrace the ups and downs of their life’s journey, make a difference by sharing that journey with others, and celebrate the stories that make them unique. As a component of that program, BEF established the Jerry Cahill You Cannot Fail scholarship in 2012 to honor exceptional student-athletes with cystic fibrosis who, like Jerry, don’t let the disease get in their way of living lives filled with purpose, passion, optimism and courage. These energetic young adults also understand that exercise is the key to living, breathing and succeeding with CF, so they have embraced physical activity as part of their everyday routine. The Jerry Cahill You Cannot Fail scholarship will be awarded annually – beginning in 2013 – to one male and one female student. Grants are made directly to an academic institution to assist in covering the cost of tuition and fees. The April 18 application deadline marks the anniversary of Jerry’s double-lung transplant. Amount: $5,000 Deadline: April 17, 2015 Requirements: Applicants must have cystic fibrosis and must already have completed at least one semester of undergraduate coursework. Applicants must demonstrate that they go “above and beyond” in everything they do, displaying outstanding character, leadership and service to the community. They also must be compliant to their CF therapies and engage in regular exercise as part of their effort to stay healthy. Finally, applicants must demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Applicants are required to provide all of the following documents in order to be considered: Application Essay (1. Discuss the importance of compliance to CF therapies and what you practice daily to stay healthy; 2.Discuss your post-graduation goals.) Recent photo Letter from physician (on letterhead) confirming CF diagnosis and therapy routine Most recent W2 form for both parents Transcript (college and/or graduate school) Detailed breakdown of tuition costs from academic institution

Rimington Trophy Scholarship

The Boomer Esiason Foundation established the Rimington Trophy Scholarship in 2012 to recognize individuals who are living, breathing and succeeding with cystic fibrosis. The scholarship was established in association with the Rimington Trophy, the college football award named in honor of BEF President and former University of Nebraska center Dave Rimington. For more information about the Rimington Trophy, please visit www.rimingtontrophy.com. Amount: $1,000 to $2,000 Deadline: June 26, 2015 Requirements: Applicants must have cystic fibrosis and demonstrate scholastic ability, character, leadership, service to the community, need for financial assistance and daily compliance to CF therapy. Applicants are required to provide all of the following documents in order to be considered: Application Essay (1. Discuss the importance of compliance to CF therapies and what you practice daily to stay healthy; 2.Discuss your post-graduation goals.) Recent photo Letter from physician (on letterhead) confirming CF diagnosis and therapy routine Transcript (high school, college and/or graduate school) Letter of acceptance from academic institution Detailed breakdown of tuition costs from academic institution W2 form for both parents

AbbVie CF Scholarship

The AbbVie CF Scholarship provides financial assistance toward higher education for exceptional students living with cystic fibrosis (CF). Forty AbbVie CF Scholars will be selected to receive $2,500 for use during the 2015-2016 academic year based on their outstanding academic record, extracurricular activities, and creativity. Each scholar will also be given the opportunity to compete for one of two Thriving Student Scholarships (based on level of study) for a total amount of $23,000 each. It is not necessary for applicants to have taken, currently take, or intend to take in the future, any medicine or product marketed by AbbVie, and this will not be a consideration in the recipient selection criteria.

Jennifer Leigh Soper Scholarship

The Jennifer Leigh Soper Scholarship was established by Lee Soper, in memory of his daughter. The scholarship will award at least $500 to a college-bound student with cystic fibrosis. How do I qualify for this scholarship? Must have been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, confirmed by an accredited CF center Be enrolled full-time in an accredited college/university, community college or technical school for the upcoming academic year Exhibit potential for academic access

Breathe for Bea Scholarship

The Breathe for Bea Scholarship Program was launched by the Breathe for Bea Foundation in 2018 in memory of our cherished Ashley “Bea” Briggs who passed away in early 2017 at the age of 29, after a courageous fight against complications brought upon by Cystic Fibrosis. Ashley never let CF stop her from pursuing her dreams and, after graduating from Sacred Heart High School in Kingston, Massachusetts, she went on to pursue and obtain a bachelor’s degree from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. It is her spirit and determination that has driven the Breathe for Bea Foundation to establish this scholarship program, as we want to help others who are living with Cystic Fibrosis achieve their dreams of a higher education too. While Cystic Fibrosis presents physical and financial challenges, we want to encourage and reinforce the idea that people with CF can do anything they set their minds to while living with the illness and reach their goals.

Exercise for Life Athletic Scholarship

Doctors and CF centers have made it clear: when it comes to CF, exercise saves lives. BEF’s Exercise for Life Scholarship is awarded annually to high school senior scholar-athletes on the basis of demonstrated financial need, academic accomplishment and athletic ability in the area of running. BEF grants one female and one male each a $10,000 scholarship. Grants are made directly to the academic institution to assist in covering the cost of tuition and fees. Amount: $10,000 Deadline: June 19, 2015 Requirements: Applicants must be a high school senior who has cystic fibrosis and demonstrates scholastic ability, athletic ability (as evidenced by regular exercise), character, leadership, service to the community, need for financial assistance, and daily compliance to CF therapy. The student-athlete should jog on a regular basis and be training for the 1.5-mile qualifying run. All candidates will be judged on the basis of time. Applicants are required to provide all of the following documents in order to be considered: • Application • Completed Exercise For Life training log (download below) • Essay (1. Discuss the importance of compliance to CF therapies and what you practice daily to stay healthy; 2.Discuss your post-graduation goals.) • Recent photo • Letter from physician (on letterhead) confirming CF diagnosis and therapy routine • Most recent W2 form for both parents • Transcript (high school, college and/or graduation school) • Letter of acceptance from academic institution • Detailed breakdown of tuition costs from academic institution • Signed waiver

Sacks For CF Scholarship

The Sacks for CF Scholarship is related to quarterback sacks made during the NFL season. The undergraduate and graduate award is made annually to 30 people who strive for therapy adherence and academic success. “Sacks for CF” means money in the bank for college students who have cystic fibrosis. For every sack recorded during NFL Monday Night Football games, the Sacks for CF Scholarship Program receives a donation from a Boomer Esiason Foundation corporate partner. Sacks for CF funds are awarded annually to 30 college students, based on their academic achievements and adherence to daily CF therapy. Amount: $3,000 to $10,000 Applicants are required to provide all of the following documents in order to be considered: • Application • Essay (1. Discuss the importance of compliance to CF therapies and what you practice daily to stay healthy; 2.Discuss your post-graduation goals.) • Recent photo • Letter from physician (on letterhead) confirming CF diagnosis and therapy routine • Transcript (high school, college and/or graduate school) • Letter of acceptance from academic institution • Detailed breakdown of tuition costs from academic institution • W2 form for both parents

BEF General Academic Scholarships

The Boomer Esiason Foundation’s General Academic Scholarships assist CF patients pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Grants are awarded quarterly on the basis of demonstrated need and academic accomplishment. They are made directly to the academic institution to assist in covering the cost of tuition and fees. This scholarship is for one year only. Amount: $500 to $2,500 Deadlines: March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15 Requirements: The BEF Scholarship Program committee considers the applicant’s scholastic ability, character, leadership potential, service to the community and need for financial assistance. Once candidates have been selected as semi-finalists, they will be granted a phone interview with a committee member. Applicants are required to provide all of the following documents in order to be considered: Application Essay (1. Discuss the importance of compliance to CF therapies and what you practice daily to stay healthy; 2.Discuss your post-graduation goals.) Recent photo Letter from physician (on letterhead) confirming CF diagnosis and therapy routine Transcript (high school, college and/or graduate school) Letter of acceptance from academic institution Detailed breakdown of tuition costs from academic institution W2 form for both parents OR tax return if self-employed

Scholarship of The Arts

Calling all CF artists! BEF’s Scholarship of the Arts is an annual award promoting communication through creativity. Artwork in the form of video, painting, sketching and sculpturing is considered. Amount: $500 to $1,000 Deadline: May 22, 2015 Requirements: The CF artist must complete an application, including all documentation. Applicants are required to provide all of the following documents in order to be considered: • Application • Essay (1. Discuss the importance of compliance to CF therapies and what you practice daily to stay healthy; 2.Discuss your post-graduation goals.) • Recent photo • Letter from physician (on letterhead) confirming CF diagnosis and therapy routine • Transcript (high school, college and/or graduate school) • Letter of acceptance from academic institution • Detailed breakdown of tuition costs from academic institution • W2 form for both parents • One or more photos of art entry

Bonnie Strangio Education Scholarship

The Bonnie Strangio Education Scholarship is awarded annually to a person living with CF who, like Bonnie, has an upbeat personality and a “can-do” attitude. The Bonnie Strangio Education Scholarship was established in 2005 to honor the memory of Bonnie Strangio. The scholarship is awarded to a person living with cystic fibrosis who, like Bonnie, has an upbeat personality and “can-do” attitude, and shows a tremendous passion for life in achieving their goals despite battling CF. Amount: $500 to $1,000 Deadline: June 19, 2015 Requirements: Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student who has cystic fibrosis and whose service and commitment to the prevention and cure of CF is exemplary. The scholarship committee will select finalists, who will be interviewed thereafter. The award recipient will be chosen by a majority vote. Applicants are required to provide all of the following documents in order to be considered: • Application • Essay (1. Discuss the importance of compliance to CF therapies and what you practice daily to stay healthy; 2.Discuss your post-graduation goals.) • Recent photo • Letter from physician (on letterhead) confirming CF diagnosis and therapy routine • Transcript (high school, college and/or graduate school) • Letter of acceptance from academic institution • Detailed breakdown of tuition costs from academic institution • W2 form for both parents

Rosemary Quigley Memorial Scholarship

The Rosemary Quigley Memorial Scholarship honors a remarkable woman who achieved her personal, educational, and professional ambitions in spite of the constant presence of cystic fibrosis in her life. Rosemary was a devoted wife, friend and family member, and she had a certain predisposition for travel and adventure. She relished the challenges and enrichment of her academic studies at Harvard and Michigan that, along with various internships, governmental appointments and fellowships, led to her career as a medical ethics professor and health policy attorney. Rosemary passed away in 2004 at the age of 33. In her memory, Rosemary’s husband, family, friends and colleagues established this scholarship program to enable and inspire young adults with cystic fibrosis to engage in academic studies that will lead them to lives and careers of personal and professional fulfillment. Amount: $500 to $2,000 Deadline: June 12, 2015 Requirements: Scholarships are available to students with cystic fibrosis who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees with a clear sense of life goals, and whose commitment to living life to the fullest – despite having CF – is exemplary. The scholarship committee will select finalists who will be interviewed on the phone. The award recipient will be chosen based on a majority vote based on ALL parts of the application. Applicants are required to provide all of the following documents in order to be considered: • Application • Essay (1. Discuss the importance of compliance to CF therapies and what you practice daily to stay healthy; 2.Discuss your post-graduation goals.) • Recent photo • Letter from physician (on letterhead) confirming CF diagnosis and therapy routine • Transcript (high school, college and/or graduate school) • Letter of acceptance from academic institution • Detailed breakdown of tuition costs from academic institution • W2 form for both parents

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