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The ABBVIE CF SCHOLARSHIP provides financial assistance toward higher education for exceptional students living with Cystic Fibrosis.


2021 Scholarship Details

  • Forty scholars will be selected to receive $3,000 for their academic expenses during the 2021-2022 academic year.

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

  • 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).

  • 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.


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 US students with Cystic Fibrosis pursuing an undergraduate degree (Associate’s/2-year college, Bachelor’s/4-year college, trade/vocational school) or graduate degree (Master's, MD, JD, Doctorate) during the 2021-2022 academic year. Applicants must have completed high school or obtained a General Educational Development (GED) certification on or before June 2021.

Students applying for this scholarship must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in the 2021-2022 school year. Students in their final year of undergraduate study may only apply if they will be pursuing a graduate program in the 2021-2022 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 2021 AbbVie CF Scholarship. However, all prior Thriving Scholars (recipients of the larger scholarship) 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 anytime during the application acceptance period (from 11:00 AM (ET) on March 17 through April 30, 2021).


Employees of AbbVie and their immediate family members are not eligible. Healthcare providers, including physicians and those who can prescribe medications, and their immediate family members are not eligible.

Each applicant must be:

  • A United States citizen or a legal and permanent resident of the United States
  • Diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis by a physician
  • Enrolled in or awaiting acceptance from an accredited institution (college, university, or trade/vocational school) for an educational program during the 2021-2022 academic year

 

JUDGING CRITERIA TO DETERMINE THE 40 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 14 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 August 18 to September 1, 2021 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 September 10, 2021.


 


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