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Vertex Doubles the Number of Scholarships Available for People Living with Cystic Fibrosis and Their Family Members
2nd Annual Vertex All in for CF Scholarship Now Accepting Applications Until Jan. 3, 2018.
October 23, 2017
Last May, Vertex awarded the first class of All in for CF Scholarships to help people with cystic fibrosis (CF) and their immediate family members pursue two-year, four-year or graduate degrees. The first class of scholarship recipients included 40 exceptional college and graduate-level students, each of whom received $5,000 to support their academic pursuits during the 2017 and 2018 academic year.
Whether they are people living with CF, their siblings, parents, or the children of a parent with CF, each recipient demonstrated academic excellence and civic involvement.
Following last year’s successful launch, Vertex doubled the size of the program and will award 80 scholarships of $5,000 each for the 2018-2019 academic year.
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“At Vertex, our passion is fueled by the hope and courage of the CF community, which is clearly reflected in the experiences of each All in for CF scholar,” said Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vertex. “Their stories inspired us to expand this program to help more people with CF and their families pursue their academic and professional goals.”
These scholarships are part of Vertex’s 10-year, $500 million corporate giving commitment focused on providing patient and caregiver support including access to our medicines; expanding our commitment to science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education; developing young physicians and scientists; and investing in our communities.
“Receiving this scholarship shows how we are not letting an illness get the best of us; it shows how we are choosing to see the positive in the negative,” said All in for CF scholar Lila Buchanan, whose mother lives with CF and also lost an aunt and uncle to the disease.
Scholarship recipients are chosen by an independent committee of CF community members based on a submitted essay and an applicant’s demonstrated level of community involvement, financial need, and academic achievement. Applications will be accepted until January 3, 2018 and recipients will be announced in May 2018.