Jessica F.

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."

My battle with cystic fibrosis was in full force during high school junior year. I probably spent as many days out of school as I did in. But that year changed my life. Our new high school included a state-of-the-art television and film studio that came stocked with the latest cameras, film-making software and an inspirational teacher with knowledge and experience. My CF struggle resulted in sinus surgery and I decided to film the experience and create a documentary on my life with cystic fibrosis. My teacher helped me create a script and tell a story. Editing film became my passion. I gathered materials from the past and combined it with interviews of my family members speaking openly about my disease and their experiences living with someone with CF. After endless weeks of hard work, my first film titled "2 People Living in 1 Body" was created. It came in first place at the 2013 WHYY Youth Film Festival! High school junior year was definitely difficult from a health stand point, but somehow I was determined to overcome this difficult situation. Not only did my grade point average reach 4.167, but that year was instrumental in choosing my career path. I am now a sophomore at Drexel University studying television production and film. I won the battle cystic fibrosis brought in my high school junior year and I will continue to fight each battle until the war is won for all.


Jessica F.'s Artwork

Jessica F.'s Achievements

  • "Hero" motivational speaker at the Delaware Valley Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Chapter's largest gala raising $950,000 - November 2014
  • Winner 1st place for documentary "2 People in 1 Body," WHYY Youth Film Awards, Philadelphia, PA - October 2013
  • Winner 3rd place for comedic narrative "A Difficult Appointment," Greenfield Youth Film Festival, Glenside, PA - May 2013
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Youth Advisory Council, committee leader developing policies to enhance a patient's hospital experience, Philadelphia, PA - 2009 to Present
  • Deans Selection Review Committee, Academic deans are reviewed every five years by faculty, students, and a college advisory board member. In this regard, a graduate and undergraduate student from the college of the dean is selected to participate in this review. I have been given the honor to be the undergraduate student to serve on this review committee. Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA - January 2015 to Present
  • Internship with pharmaceutical company, filmed employees and conducted webcasts, worked with the video production and editing crews, time coded and transcribed video productions, created and edited a cystic fibrosis video to be broadcasted worldwide, lectured scientists in Tucson and Boston about cystic fibrosis, Bridgewater, NJ - June to September 2014
  • American Red Cross Internship, created and edited public relations films for regional office, Philadelphia, PA - June to August 2013
  • Motivational speaker at Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts to inspire and discuss with students my award-winning documentary, Philadelphia, PA - March 2014
  • Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, assist with all philanthropic fundraising events, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA - 2013 to Present
  • Team leader, "Jessica's Team", for Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Annual Walk-a-thon Fundraiser, Philadelphia, PA - 2011 to Present