Jonathan K.

Undergraduate Recipient

"In honor of the 25th anniversary of the AbbVie CF Scholarship, choose an event (personal or cultural/historical) from the past 25 years and describe how it has impacted your journey with CF."

I remember being called to the office, and seeing my dad anxiously waiting for me to arrive. I got in his car and he told me the words that would change my life forever: "the test came back positive". My face felt hot and warm water dripped from my eyes down my horror-stricken face. This was the day, March 27th 2014, that I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. I was diagnosed with CF during a difficult stage in my life when I was still trying to figure out who I was. As a kid I was always shy and lacked confidence in myself. When I was diagnosed, this made that mentality even harder to escape. A feeling that no matter what I did, I would always be held back and there would always be someone better than me. As I have matured with CF, I have realized that what I can accomplish in the years I have been given will not be held back by CF, but by an attitude of pessimism and lack of self-confidence. Through hard work and perseverance I have developed intellectually and physically through training for tennis, workouts, treatments, and studying. I plan to continue this well rounded growth throughout my next four years of college and in the many years to come after that.


Jonathan K.'s Artwork

Jonathan K.'s Achievements

  • Varsity Tennis Team, 2013-2017 (1 singles and team captain junior and senior year)
  • Upper School chorale, 2014-2017, bass leader 2017)
  • Varsity Cross Country 2014
  • Honors Spanish Honors society, 2015-2017
  • Guest house adult day care musical volunteer, 2013-2014
  • Tri M music society, 2014-2017 (Secretary senior year)
  • Piano lessons and competition awards, 2013-2014, Superior Rating for 5 consecutive years in Piano Solo. Superior Rating for 6 Consecutive years in American Patriotic. Superior Rating for 5 consecutive Years Hymn Playing Superior Rating Piano Duet Elementary III Superior Rating Music Theory Level 5 National Guild 3 consecutive years
  • Humane Society of North Georgia Volunteer, 2013-2014
  • Tennis counselor and volunteer, 2014-2017
  • National Beta Club, 2013-2017