Vertex Awards 85 Students $425,000 in Vertex Scholarships


Making the decision to attend college or graduate school is a big step for students – one that involves hours of research to find just the right school and a long-term financial commitment.

But for young people living with cystic fibrosis (CF), or who have family members impacted by the disease, the college decision-making process presents an even more complex set of challenges. That’s why we created the Vertex CF Scholarship program, which helps support the higher education pursuits of people living with CF and their family members. 

Now in its third year, the program recently announced 85 scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each for students working on two-year, four-year, or graduate degrees during the 2019-2020 academic year. 

“Cystic fibrosis can be a tremendous burden on people living with the disease and their family members,” said Amit K. Sachdev, Executive Vice President and Chief Regulatory Officer. “The Vertex CF Scholarship program is an important way to empower the CF community to not let CF get in the way of pursuing their academic dreams.”

This year’s winners come from throughout the United States and Canada and are working toward degrees in studies that range from construction management to psychology to anthropology and archeology. The Class of 2019-2020 includes:

 Adam P.

 Pursuing a fire science degree at Clatsop Community College in Oregon. His brother is living with CF.


Holly W.

Seeking a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and nutrition at Middle Tennessee State University in Tennessee. Her child is living with CF.


Sarah O.

Working toward an associate’s degree in medical assisting at Southeast Community College in Nebraska. She is living with CF.


An independent committee of CF community members selected the scholarship recipients based on a submitted essay and an applicant’s demonstrated level of community involvement, financial need and academic achievement. All scholarships are one-time awards, but applicants can re-apply.

While the scholarships are designed to help recipients pursue their college degrees, many recipients are already looking ahead at ways they can use their education to give back to the CF community.


Maclin R., who’s living with CF and working toward a degree in biomedical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, explained, “Ultimately, I hope my experiences with research lead to a career where I can use biotechnology on a personal level, helping individuals get the type of treatment they need — just as my doctors have done for me.”