Contest Rules

Thriving Student Scholarship Contest: Official Rules and Regulations


The 2016 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.

Forty scholars will be chosen by AbbVie to receive the $3,000 AbbVie CF Scholarship. Submission guidelines are included in the application. By participating, applicants agree to these contest rules and the decisions of the judges and/or sponsors, which are binding and final 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.


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 2016-2017 academic year. Applicants must have completed high school or obtained a General Educational Development (GED) certification on or before June 2016.

Students applying for the scholarships must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in the 2016-2017 school year. Students in their final semester of undergraduate study may only apply if they will be pursuing a graduate program in the 2016-2017 school year.

All prior scholars are eligible to apply for the standard AbbVie CF Scholarship award of $3,000; however, previous winners of the Thriving Student Scholarship will not be eligible to win this scholarship again.

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:

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.


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 scholarship recipient by the judging panel (weighted 70 percent). Applicants will be notified of the results following the closing of the voting period, no later than October 19th. All decisions made by the judging panel are final. Under no circumstances will the judges’ scores or tallied votes be disclosed to the public.

The Thriving Students will each be awarded a total of $24,000 (the original $3,000 AbbVie CF Scholarship plus an additional $21,000 scholarship). In case of a tie, the tie will be broken by the student who received the most cumulative points during the initial judging period to select the 40 scholars. Scholarship funds will be awarded solely for use toward qualified educational expenses under applicable federal tax laws.


Please review this information carefully.


Voting opens to the public at 11:00 AM (ET) on September 13 and closes at 11:00 AM (ET) on October 14, 2016.


Vote Online: Visit 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.


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.


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


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.


The services are available on the following carriers: ACS Wireless, Alltel, Appalachian Wireless, AT&T, Bluegrass Cellular, Boost (iDen), Boost Unlimited (CDMA), Dobson (part of AT&T), Cellcom, Cellular One of East Central Illinois, Cellular South, Centennial Wireless, Cincinnati Bell, Cox Wireless, Cricket Communications, GCI Communications, Golden State Cellular, Illinois Valley Cellular, Immix Wireless, Inland Cellular, Cellular One of NEPA, Nex-Tech Wireless, Nextel, nTelos Wireless, Sprint, Thumb Cellular, T-Mobile, Unicel (Rural Cellular), United Wireless, US Cellular, Verizon Wireless, Virgin Mobile, Viaero Wireless and West Central Wireless.

Additional carriers may be added as they become available.


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