Our good friends and great CF supporters over at Abbott Pharmaceuticals have announced their winners for the 2011 CFCareForward Thriving Student Scholarship. The winners (both undergraduates and graduates) will each receive a $2,500 scholarship to continue reaching their educational goals and kicking CF's butt. And, as far as I'm concerned, that's actually some of the best news ever, for a couple of reasons:
1) I know several of the winners in both categories, and I can say with absolute certainty that they are truly deserving of this prize. Congratulations to all of you from the bottom of my heart!
2) These wonderful students and students-to-be are now eligible for an even bigger prize of $19,000. Better yet, WE (as in all the members of the CF community, including every single one of you) get to decide the winners of this extra bonus prize! One Thriving Undergraduate and one Thriving Graduate Student will be selected from among the general winners, and it's up to us to help make that selection.
It's my honor to write about this contest and to support the truly awesome winners of this scholarship. As some of you might know, education is hugely important to me. The CF community is hugely important to me. Making sure that each and every person -- regardless of circumstances, physical traits, disease status, or other so-called "disability" -- knows that he or she is capable of achieving amazing things is unbelievably, incredibly, and (I'll say it again) HUGELY important to me. The fact that these CFers are out there pushing themselves mentally and physically to achieve their educational goals is both inspiring and brave. The fact that you and I have the chance to help them in this pursuit is just the icing on Abbott's already very generous cake.
Please take a moment to visit the CFCareForward Scholarship Home Page and read up on all of these phenomenal individuals. Then do your part and cast your vote for one undergraduate and one graduate student to win the Thriving Student prize of $19,000 toward their educational goals. The contest will remain open until September 30, 2011. You can vote in one of three simple ways:
- Online at www.CFCareForwardScholarship.
- By text message at 30364
- Via toll-free phone numbers at: 1-888-305-9808 (Thriving Undergraduate Student) and 1-888-306-9683 (Thriving Graduate Student)
A heartfelt thanks to Abbott Pharmaceuticals for their continued dedication to bettering the lives of CFers through treatment, education, support, and exceptional programs like this one, as well as to all those who applied for the 2011 CFCareForward Scholarship.
Lots of love, light, and learning to all of you, beautiful people.