Public invited to select 2 ‘thriving students’ for AbbVie CF scholarships

Undergraduate and graduate school winners will get $22,000 for education

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The public is invited to help select this year’s two AbbVie Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship “Thriving Students,” who will be awarded an additional $22,000 in support of their higher education.

As it has done for decades, AbbVie gave scholarships worth $3,000 to 40 undergraduate and graduate students living with cystic fibrosis (CF) this summer for use during the 2023-24 school year. Those awards were based on the students’ academic records, community involvement or extracurricular activities, and creativity.

Each recipient now has an opportunity to become a 2023 Thriving Undergraduate or Graduate Student, and receive a total of $25,000 for their education. The two winners, based partly on votes cast, are to be announced on Nov. 2.

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Voting is open to the public through 11 a.m. on Sept. 27

Through Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. ET, the public may visit the Abbie CF Scholarship website to learn more about the students and vote for one undergraduate and one graduate student. During this period, votes may be cast online or by texting the candidate’s code to 58185, the company announced in a press release.

Winners will be determined by vote totals as well as cumulative points awarded to each student by the AbbVie judging panel. Judges assessed essays and creative presentations submitted by the students as part of their scholarship applications. Public votes for thriving students are weighted up to 30 points, as are academic records and extracurricular activities. Essays and creative presentations are assigned scores of up to 20 points each.

“Never in a million years would I have thought that I would be where I am today as far as my education,” Madison B., a 2022 AbbVie Thriving Undergraduate Student, said in the release. “The AbbVie CF Scholarship is an affirmation of all that I have accomplished despite my CF.”

The scholarship program was established to help offset the financial burdens that CF families face. To date, it has awarded more than $3.9 million in scholarships to over 1,000 students. Cystic fibrosis, which impacts the lungs, pancreas, and other organs, is estimated to affect some 40,000 U.S. residents, more than half of whom are over 18 years old.

“For over 30 years, the AbbVie CF Scholarship program has honored thousands of students living with CF by showcasing their accomplishments, creativity and financially supporting their pursuits of higher education,” said John Duffey, vice president for U.S. Specialty at AbbVie. “This year we continue to be inspired by these hardworking and passionate students and hope the public participates in voting for and celebrating them.”

Scholarship applicants are not required to have used, currently use, or plan to use any medicine or product marketed by AbbVie, a biopharmaceutical company.