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Vertex Announces First All in for CF Scholarship Recipients

Vertex Awards 40 Scholarships Totaling $200,000 to People Living with Cystic Fibrosis and Their Immediate Family Members

 

May 19, 2017

By Chelley Casey

Each May the cystic fibrosis (CF) community celebrates how far it has come. This year, Vertex established the All in for CF Scholarship program to help people with CF and their immediate family members pursue two-year, four-year or graduate degrees.

The first class of scholarship recipients includes 40 exceptional college and graduate-level students, each of whom will be awarded $5,000 to support their academic pursuits for the 2017-2018 academic year.

“Vertex is focused on discovering and developing transformative medicines for people with CF, but our commitment to the community extends far beyond this,” said Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vertex. “Our new scholarship program reflects the fact that CF impacts entire families by helping people with CF, their caregivers, siblings and children pursue their academic goals.” 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017-2018 CLASS OF ALL IN FOR CF SCHOLARS

All in for CF Scholars include 26 people living with CF and 14 CF family members from 25 states. Recipients were 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. Their commitment to furthering their education despite the challenges related to CF is inspiring.

Jacob Feldman, another All in for CF Scholar, was 5-years-old when his younger brother was born with CF.

“I watched as he was told he would be different but now he plays four different sports and lives a healthy life,” said Feldman, who will study finance at the University of Iowa in the fall. “Today, I’m watching as my 12-year-old brother shows an infinite amount of courage. CF has changed how I view role models and courageous people. It has changed them because I went from admiring Derek Jeter as a seven-year-old, to admiring my 12-year-old brother at age 18. This scholarship will help me along my journey to adulthood modeling my courage after my younger brother.”

THANK YOU ALL IN FOR CF SCHOLARSHIP SELECTION COMMITTEE

All in for CF Scholars were 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. Vertex thanks the members of the CF community who volunteered to serve on the selection committee for their time and commitment.

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