Tara G.

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."

An event from the past 25 years I would like to focus on, is when I began attending college in 2015. This changed my life dramatically not only as a young lady, but as a young lady battling Cystic Fibrosis. College was very exciting at first but also very scary. I had to learn how to take care of myself without the help of my mom and dad and it was life changing. I was able to make several friends at college and adjust to the schedule well. Cystic Fibrosis had never got me down before and I was determined to keep it that way. Dealing with late nights, lots of homework, and new living arrangements, I found fitting in all my treatments a task. I knew my health mattered and I had to take care of me. I stayed up late, sometimes when I felt exhausted but I knew I had to. I felt these new changes would never become normal but I kept faith and eventually they did. Beginning college changed my life but for the better. I had new friends, new hope and a new fun adventure. This life changing experience only gave me new motivation to encourage others with health issues in college to stay motivated and never give up on themselves. I continue to encourage others I meet to never give up on a dream no matter what, keep pushing and have fun. I am blessed in so many ways!


Tara G.'s Artwork

Tara G.'s Achievements

  • Cystic Fibrosis Great Strider 2015-2017
  • National Society of Leadership & Success 2015-2017
  • All A's Honor List Spring 2017/ Spring 2016
  • Deans List Fall 2016 /2015
  • National Honor Society 2012-2015
  • DECA Treasurer 2015
  • Show Choir Girls Dance Captain and Section Leader 2015
  • Youth Enrichment Services Member 2013-2015
  • Cheerleading Head Captain 2015
  • Varsity High School Cheerleading 2013-2015
  • Track & Field Sectionals 2012
  • Track & Field Districts 2012
  • Best Female Vocalist Soundsational Singers 2014
  • Animal Shelter Volunteer 2015
  • Shopping With Santa Volunteer 2012-2015
  • Trash Pickup Volunteer 2012-2013