All in for CF Scholarship Program Doubles to Help 80 Recipients Pursue Higher Education
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated announced the recipients of scholarships as part of its second All in for CF Scholarship program. Each of the 80 scholarship recipients will be awarded $5,000 for the 2018-2019 academic year.
The Vertex All in for CF Scholarship program was established in 2017 to help people living with cystic fibrosis (CF) and their immediate family members pursue two-year, four-year or graduate degrees. Part of Vertex’s 10-year, $500 million corporate giving commitment, this year the company doubled the number of recipients to 80 to help more people in the CF community.
“From people living with cystic fibrosis returning to school following lung transplants, to brothers and sisters inspired by their sibling’s courageous fights, the determination of All in for CF Scholarship recipients is remarkable,” said Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vertex. “They are examples of the many families who inspire us in our relentless pursuit to discover and develop transformative CF medicines.”
Scholarship 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. Vertex thanks the members of the CF community who volunteered to serve on the selection committee for their time and commitment.
“The Vertex All in for CF Scholarship has been the difference between continuing my education and putting my studies on hold,” said Jenny Livingston, who is living with CF and studying psychology at Utah State University. “I feel a deep gratitude for this scholarship because I don’t know that I would have graduated with my bachelor’s degree without it.”
More information about the All in for CF Scholarship, including recipient profiles and stories can be found here. Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will be available in the fall.