Jamie H.

Undergraduate Recipient

"Life can be a series of challenges or opportunities depending on how you approach it. As you enter adulthood, how have you conquered a difficult task to turn it into an opportunity? As part of your essay, please explain the significance of your creative presentation to your journey with CF."

One of the most difficult times in my life was when I was a junior in high school and I became life threateningly ill. I underwent surgery, then a few months later I spent another month in the hospital and dropped to 40% lung function. I fell behind in my classes, including my advanced placements.

Most students my age were worried about passing tests, learning to drive, and dancing at the prom. While I was worrying about whether I would even get to have those experiences at all. However, facing my own mortality forced me to realize you can't give up. You must choose to fight strong everyday. When I was in the hospital, I had the support of my family, the school administrators, and the CF staff. I graduated from high school on time and with a 4.23 GPA. Through my perseverance and hard work, I also earned the Presidential Scholarship from the University of New Mexico.

Now I am at about 30% lung function, my life does revolve around my disease but I choose to see this as an opportunity because I have found my passion of programming. Computer programming in an area of study that ignites my enthusiasm, as well as allows me to pursue a career that will put my health needs first. While I will take more time than my peers to complete my degree, I have learned that it is not so much about counting my time as it is making my time count.


Jamie H.'s Artwork

Jamie H.'s Achievements

  • Sandia National Laboratories Technical Undergraduate Internship - Summer 2014
  • UNM School of Engineering Scholarship Summer Scholarship - Summer 2013
  • UNM School of Engineering Scholarship for Top Ten Achievers - Fall 2013, Spring 2014
  • Recipient of UNM Honors Program Honors Certificate for Exemplary GPA of 3.9 or above - Spring 2013
  • Member of the UNM Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society (2013 - present)
  • University of New Mexico Presidential Scholarship Recipient (2012 - present)
  • Recipient of Thunderbird Award 2012 - Recognizing young people who, through hard work and determination, overcome great personal difficulties to achieve their goals.
  • Association for Women Geoscientists for Outstanding Project in Environmental Science, 59th Annual New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair (Spring 2011)
  • 1st Place in Senior Division Environmental Science and Revived American Meteorological Society Outstanding Achievement, Central New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair Research Challenge (2011)
  • Annual Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk, New Mexico Chapter, Albuquerque (2011 - 2015)