Public May Vote for 2022 Winners of 30th CF Scholarships Competition

$25K Thriving Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships granted by AbbVie

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Voting is now open for the 2022 Thriving Undergraduate and Thriving Graduate Scholarships — a grant program for students with cystic fibrosis (CF) that is run by AbbVie.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the scholarships program, which annually awards a total of $25,000 each to one graduate and one undergraduate student with CF. Each of the other finalists will be granted $3,000 in scholarship funds.

In the three decades since it was launched, the program has awarded over $3.7 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students living with CF.

“The 30th anniversary of the AbbVie CF Scholarship program commemorates the community of students we have been able to support over the years in their endeavors to pursue higher education,” John Duffey, vice president, U.S. specialty at AbbVie, said in a press release.

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The public is now encouraged to vote for this year’s two winners among 40 graduate and undergraduate students with CF. These finalists were selected by AbbVie earlier this year based on their academic achievements, creativity, and involvement with their community and in extracurricular activities.

The candidates each will receive a $3,000 scholarship for use during the 2022-2023 academic year — and the two winners will receive an additional $22,000 each.

“The 2022 top 40 recipients are beyond deserving and have impressed us all with their inspiring stories and ambitions to pursue their goals while living with CF,” Duffey said.

Voting is open to the public until 10 a.m. CT Sept. 28. Votes may be cast online at the CF scholarships program website or via text message by texting the candidate’s personalized ID code to 58185.

The scholarship winners will be determined based on the number of votes each candidate receives, as well as the points they were awarded by a judging panel at AbbVie. The AbbVie judges scored essays and presentations created by the students.

The winners will be announced in early November.

“Beyond being a recipient of the AbbVie CF Scholarship, I am grateful I was able to share my cystic fibrosis story with the world,” said Melissa W., a graduate student who was selected as a winner of last year’s scholarship. “As I continue to pursue my degree in Human Resources Management with the help of this scholarship, I am excited to continue using my voice to inspire and advocate for others.”


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