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The AbbVie CF Scholarship program honors those who are thriving with cystic fibrosis, offering the chance to WIN UP TO $25,000 toward higher education.

2019 AbbVie CF Scholarship Program Key Dates

The 2019 AbbVie CF Scholarship program application period has ended. Check back
in September to view profiles of the top 40 scholars and place your vote for this year's Thriving Undergraduate and Thriving Graduate Students.

17
APR
Application
Opens
29
MAY
Application Deadline,
11 AM (ET)
25
SEP
Voting Begins
9
OCT
Voting Ends,
11 AM (ET)
31
OCT
Thriving Scholars
Announced!

TAYLOR’S STORY

Meet Taylor, the 2017 AbbVie CF Scholarship Thriving Graduate Student. Watch as she tells her story about living with cystic fibrosis and learn how receiving a scholarship helped her achieve her aspirations of higher education.


In 1993, the AbbVie CF Scholarship was created to support young adults with CF as they pursue higher education.

Since its inception, the scholarship program has awarded over $3 million in scholarships to over 1,000 students. This is one of those students.

Taylor MacLean: My name is Taylor MacLean. I am 25 years old, and I'm currently getting my doctorate in school and
clinical psychology.

Joel MacLean: Taylor was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was five years old.

Lisa MacLean: It made our family who we are today.

Joel MacLean: We made a decision very early that we are just going to live life normally. Look, we have it, we'll do absolutely 100% everything we're supposed to do, but it's not going to change our life, define our life, or dictate at all.

Lisa MacLean: She played sports, she played soccer, she cheered, she thrived in every single thing that she did.

Joel MacLean Jr: Her dealing with CF gives her traits to deal with everything else in her life. She's, like, one of the best in her class, and like always been like the smartest kid. I look up to her. It inspires me to do well in my life.

Julia MacLean: The challenges like growing up with a sibling with CF have definitely grown since I was younger, because I didn't really recognize it when I was younger.

Taylor MacLean: Going to college was definitely kind of a wake up call for me for my health. I got wrapped right up into the schedule of it, hanging out with friends, going out, going to classes at like weird times of the day. Because I wasn't keeping up with my treatments, my health, you know, paid the price. At times, my CF has, like, flared up, and it made me question whether or not school, like, especially like a doctorate degree, is, like, practical and the right thing for me. But I decided ultimately that I wanted to do it anyway, and I would just take the challenges as they come.

Taylor MacLean: I was walking into class and I received a call, and they told me that I won the scholarship, um, for $25,000. I couldn't believe it. I called my parents immediately; they were the first people that I told.

Joel MacLean: The great part about the AbbVie scholarship was, it wasn't a needs-based. It was merit-based.

Taylor MacLean: So, having that peace of mind, knowing that I had this money now that I could use toward my education, was a blessing. I couldn't be more grateful.

Joel MacLean: If anybody is thinking about applying, don't be hesitant.

Taylor MacLean: Go for it. You know, apply, give it your best shot, and you know, you never know, you may, you may get the call just like I did.

Julia MacLean: I can't wait to grow up with Taylor, see what she accomplishes.

Taylor MacLean: I'm hopeful for my future. You know, I want to have a family, I want to have kids. I'm going to be a psychologist one day, working with children and parents with chronic illness, so I'm excited. I can't wait to see, like, where my future takes me.

Congratulations to our 2018 Thriving Scholars!

Vincent A., undergraduate student
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT
Jacqueline J., graduate student
GRADUATE STUDENT

Scholar Spotlight

Be inspired by the outstanding accomplishments and spirit of
our scholars through their stories below.

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Marc E.
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Haley C.
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Julia R.
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Nicole W.
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Artwork courtesy of 2018 scholar,
Stephen S.