CONTEST RULES

2017 ABBVIE CF SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST RULES (“CONTEST RULES”)

The 2017 AbbVie CF Scholarship (“contest”) is sponsored by AbbVie, and is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. AbbVie reserves the right to change, alter or modify these rules and/or dates at any time without notice. Scholarship funds may be considered non-taxable under applicable federal tax laws. Please direct all questions about tax preparation to your tax advisor.

Forty scholars will be chosen by a panel of judges selected by AbbVie to receive the $3,000 AbbVie CF Scholarship. Submissions will be judged and ranked using a point system based on the following criteria:

  • Academic record and extracurricular activities (assigned a score up to 30 points)
  • Essay (assigned a score up to 20 points)
  • Creative presentation (assigned a score up to 20 points)

Under no circumstances will the judges’ scores be disclosed to the public. All decisions made by the judging panel are final.

In the case of a tie, those submissions will be evaluated according to the original criteria by a new judge selected by AbbVie who was not involved in the initial scoring process. The submission with the highest cumulative score by the new judge will be declared an AbbVie CF Scholar.

Submission guidelines and eligibility requirements are included in the application. By participating, applicants agree to these contest rules and the decisions of the judges, which are binding on matters relating to this contest. 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.

Scholars will be notified on or around June 26, 2017 if they have been chosen to receive a $3,000 scholarship, using the contact information provided in this application.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

This scholarship is designed for students with CF pursuing an undergraduate degree (Associate's/2-year college, Bachelor’s/4-year college, trade school/vocational school) or graduate degree (Master’s, PhD) during the 2017-2018 academic year. Applicants must have completed high school or obtained a General Educational Development (GED) certification on or before June 2017.

Students applying for the scholarships must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in the 2017-2018 school year. Students in their final semester of undergraduate study may only apply if they will be pursuing a graduate program in the 2017-2018 school year.

All prior AbbVie CF Scholars can apply for the 2017 AbbVie CF Scholarship. However, all prior recipients of the Thriving Student Scholarship (the larger scholarship amount) are ineligible to apply for any AbbVie CF Scholarship again.

Scholarship funds may be considered non-taxable under applicable federal tax laws. Please direct all questions about tax preparation to your tax advisor.

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.

Employees of AbbVie and their immediate family members are not eligible to apply. Healthcare providers and their immediate family members are not eligible to apply.

Each applicant must be:

  • A United States citizen or a legal and permanent resident of the United States
  • Diagnosed with CF by a physician
  • Enrolled in or awaiting acceptance from an accredited institution (i.e., college, university, or trade/vocational school) for an educational program during the 2017-2018 academic year

PUBLIC VOTING FOR THE THRIVING UNDERGRADUATE AND THRIVING GRADUATE STUDENTS

The overall Thriving Undergraduate and Thriving Graduate Student will be determined by the number of valid votes cast by the public (weighted 30 percent) and the cumulative points awarded to each scholar by the judging panel (weighted 70 percent). The Thriving Students will be determined using a point system based on the following criteria:

  • Public votes (assigned a score up to 30 points)
  • Academic record and extracurricular activities (assigned a score up to 30 points)
  • Essay (assigned a score up to 20 points)
  • Creative presentation (assigned a score up to 20 points)

Under no circumstances will the judges’ scores or tallied votes be disclosed to the public. All decisions made by the judging panel are final.

In the case of a tie, the tie will be broken based on the student who received the most cumulative points during the initial judging period to select the 40 AbbVie CF Scholars.

The Thriving Students will each be awarded a total of $25,000 (the original $3,000 AbbVie CF Scholarship plus an additional $22,000 scholarship). Applicants will be notified of the results following the closing of the voting period, no later than October 25, 2017.

GENERAL VOTING RULES AND REGULATIONS

Voting opens to the public at 11:00 AM (ET) on September 12 and closes at 11:00 AM (ET) on October 13, 2017.

ONLINE VOTING

Vote Online: Visit www.AbbVieCFScholarship.com and register by providing your first name, last name and a valid email address. To place a vote, click the “CLICK HERE TO VOTE” icon linked to a specific recipient profile in the Thriving Undergraduate Student and Thriving Graduate Student categories.

Please note that you can vote for your chosen applicant online one time in each category for the duration of the campaign. This means one email address equals one vote for the Thriving Undergraduate Student and one vote for the Thriving Graduate Student.

All duplicate votes cast by an existing registered user will be considered invalid.

MOBILE VOTING

Text to Vote: Each of the scholars will be assigned his or her own ID [VOTE1, VOTE2, etc.] to be text messaged to 23000. Please note that voting permits one text message per mobile device for the Thriving Undergraduate Student and one text message per mobile device for the Thriving Graduate Student. More than one text vote in each category from the same phone number will be considered invalid.

VOTING DISCLAIMER

Online votes will be considered made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of the vote. AbbVie has the right to void any vote that appears, in AbbVie’s sole discretion, to be an automated or duplicate vote and/or any other "hack" violating the voting rules or otherwise interfering with the administration of the vote. AbbVie reserves the right to withdraw the transmission of, or otherwise disregard, any such vote and/or permanently disqualify from any promotion any person it believes has intentionally violated these voting rules. Moreover, AbbVie may, in its sole discretion, terminate the competition and voting at any point and declare winners based on the votes up to that point, if it appears to AbbVie that the voting process has been so distorted by hacking or other interference that the results would not reflect actual valid votes should the competition and/or voting continue. AbbVie and its respective officers, directors, employees, subsidiaries and affiliates assume no responsibility for: (1) any injury or damage to any person's computer relating to or resulting from entering or downloading materials or software in connection with this vote; or (2) telecommunications, network, electronic, technical or computer failures of any kind; or (3) inaccurate transcription of voting information; or (4) errors in any promotional or marketing materials; or (5) any human or electronic error in connection with the voting and/or tallying of the votes; or (6) votes that are stolen, misdirected, garbled, delayed by computer or telephonic transmissions, lost, or late.

Any questions related to voting may be directed to the program administrator at info@AbbVieCFScholarship.com.

CHARGES

Unless expressly noted, all services are offered without charge by AbbVie CF Scholarship, but messages and data rates may apply. The customer is liable for any mobile phone charges incurred (usage, subscription, etc.) as a result of voting in the AbbVie CF Scholarship contest. Please consult your mobile service carrier's pricing plan to determine the charges for sending and receiving text messages.

SERVICE AVAILABILITY

The services are available on the following carriers: AT&T Wireless Services, TMobile, Cingular, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, Nextel Communications, Alltel, Bell Mobility, 3 Rivers PCS, Inc., Advantage Cellular, Choice Wireless LC, Amica Wireless, Cellular Properties, Midwest Wireless, Conestoga Wireless, Airadigm Comm, Microcell Connexions, 1st Cell of Southern Illinois, Hargray Wireless LLC, Iowa Wireless Svc, Century Tel Wireless, Metro PCS, Inc., Mobiletel, Inc., ACS Wireless, Inc., TELUS Mobility, Western Wireless, Rogers Cantel Inc, PCS ONE, PCS Primeco IL, Qwest Wireless, m-Qube.com, Rural Cellular Corp, US Cellular Corp, West Central Cellular, Dobson Cellular, Nebraska Wireless, NPI Wireless, NTELOS, Bluegrass Cellular, Edge Wireless, Mid-Missouri Telephone, PSC Wireless, Plateau Telecomm, Airtouch Paging, Centennial Cellular Corp, Sasktel Mobility, MT&T Mobility, NB Tel Mobility, NewTel Mobility, ALIANT TELECOM, Northern Telephone, Cincinnati Bell, Cellular South, MTS, Boost Mobile, TSI, Virgin Mobile Canada, Telebec, Enid/Pioneer Telephone Coop., Farmers Wireless, Simmetry Communications, Cellular One of Amarillo, Cell One of San Luis Obispo, Carolina West Wireless, Cricket/Leap, Peoples Telephone Cooperative, XIT Rural Telephone Coop., Appalachian Wireless, Longlines, Virgin.

Additional carriers may be added as they become available.

2017 BLOGGER’S CHOICE AWARD

All AbbVie CF Scholars participating in the Thriving Student Scholarship contest will be automatically entered into the Blogger’s Choice Award contest. The Blogger’s Choice Award recipient will be determined by the cumulative score assigned to each creative presentation by CF bloggers selected by AbbVie.

Under no circumstances will the bloggers’ scores be disclosed to the public. AbbVie holds final discretion in determining the recipient.

In the case of a tie, the tie will be broken based on the student who received the most cumulative points during the initial AbbVie judging period who will not already be receiving a Thriving Student Scholarship.

The Blogger’s Choice Award winner will be awarded a total of $25,000 (the original $3,000 AbbVie CF Scholarship plus an additional $22,000 scholarship). Applicants will be notified of the results following the close of the evaluation period, no later than October 25, 2017.

PRIVACY POLICY

AbbVie will never, under any circumstances, sell or otherwise distribute your personal information or cell phone numbers to third parties. AbbVie will never market to you directly any services for which you have not opted in, either by cell phone, text message or email. AbbVie may share your personal information with partners that help manage the AbbVie CF Scholarship program for purposes of selecting the scholarship winners and issuing scholarship checks.


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