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The ABBVIE CF SCHOLARSHIP provides financial assistance toward higher education for exceptional students living with cystic fibrosis (CF).


2017 Scholarship Details
  • Forty AbbVie CF Scholars will be selected to receive $3,000 for use during the 2017-2018 academic year

  • Applicants will be judged on creativity, academic excellence, community involvement and the ability to serve as a positive role model for the CF community

  • In honor of the 25th year of the scholarship program, each scholar will be given the opportunity to compete for a Thriving Student Scholarship in one of two categories based on level of study. The Thriving Undergraduate Student and Thriving Graduate Student will each be awarded a total of $25,000 (the original $3,000 AbbVie CF Scholarship plus an additional $22,000 scholarship)

  • Also in honor of the 25th year of the scholarship program, each scholar not receiving a Thriving Student Scholarship will have the opportunity to win the Blogger’s Choice Award. Cystic fibrosis bloggers selected by AbbVie will evaluate the creative submissions submitted by the 40 AbbVie CF Scholars. The Blogger’s Choice Award recipient will be awarded a total of $25,000 (the original $3,000 AbbVie CF Scholarship plus an additional $22,000 scholarship)

  • It is not necessary for applicants to have taken, currently take, or intend to take in the future, any medicine or product marketed by AbbVie, and this will not be considered in the recipient selection criteria

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF THE
ABBVIE CF SCHOLARSHIP

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the AbbVie CF Scholarship. Recognizing the financial burdens that exist for many families touched by CF, the scholarship program was developed to honor those with CF as they pursue goals of higher education. Since 1993, AbbVie has awarded more than $2.8 million in scholarship funds to help students with CF pursue their educational goals.


Eligibility Requirements

It is not necessary for applicants to have taken, currently take, or intend to take in the future, any medicine or product marketed by AbbVie, and this will not be a consideration in the recipient selection criteria.


This scholarship is designed for U.S. students with CF pursuing an undergraduate degree (Associate’s/2-year college, Bachelor’s/4-year college, trade/vocational school) or graduate degree (Master's, M.D., J.D., Doctorate) during the 2017-2018 academic year. Applicants must have completed high school or obtained a General Educational Development (GED) certification on or before June 2017.

Students applying for this scholarship must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in the 2017-2018 school year. Students in their final year of undergraduate study may only apply if they will be pursuing a graduate program in the 2017-2018 school year.

Scholarship funds may be considered non-taxable under applicable federal tax laws. Please direct all questions about tax preparation to your tax advisor.

All prior AbbVie CF Scholars can apply for the 2017 AbbVie CF Scholarship. However, all prior recipients of the Thriving Student Scholarship (the larger scholarship amount) are ineligible to apply for any AbbVie CF Scholarship again.

Students are expected to behave in a respectful manner towards fellow contestants during all phases of the scholarship, including online and on social media channels. Bullying, discriminating, profane or threatening comments and/or harassment may result in disqualification.

Students may submit their application any time during the application acceptance period (from 11:00 AM (ET) on April 5 through 11:00 AM (ET) on May 24, 2017).


Employees of AbbVie and their immediate family members are not eligible. Healthcare providers and their immediate family members are not eligible.

Each applicant must be:

 

JUDGING CRITERIA TO DETERMINE THE 40 ABBVIE CF SCHOLARS

A panel of judges selected by AbbVie will evaluate all eligible submissions based on each student’s academic record and extracurricular activities, essay and creative presentation.

Forty scholars will be determined by the highest cumulative points awarded by the judges. Please refer to the contest rules to see details on scoring.

Scholars will be notified on or around June 26th if they have been chosen to receive an AbbVie CF Scholarship, using the contact information provided in this application.

 

SELECTION OF THRIVING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT AND THRIVING GRADUATE STUDENT

Each scholar’s first name, last name initial, photo, creative presentation, essay and achievements will be posted online at www.AbbVieCFScholarship.com. From September 12th to October 13th, the public will have an opportunity to vote for one Thriving Undergraduate Student and one Thriving Graduate Student who inspire them based on their creative presentation, academic achievements, community involvement and ability to serve as a positive role model for others.

The overall Thriving Undergraduate and Thriving Graduate Student will be determined by the number of valid votes cast by the public and the cumulative points awarded to each scholar by the judging panel. Please refer to the contest rules for details.

All applicants will be notified of the results following the closing of the voting period, no later than October 25th.

 

SELECTION OF BLOGGER’S CHOICE AWARD RECIPIENT

From September 12th to October 13th, CF bloggers selected by AbbVie will evaluate the creative presentations submitted by each AbbVie CF Scholar.

The Blogger’s Choice Award recipient will be determined by the cumulative score assigned to each creative presentation. Please refer to the contest rules for details.

All applicants will be notified of the results following the blogger evaluation period, no later than October 25th.


 


Any questions related to the scholarship program and/or application process may be directed to the program administrator at info@AbbVieCFScholarship.com.