USACFA’s 2017 Lauren Melissa Kelly Scholarship Winners

The US Adult CF Association (USACFA) is excited to announce our recipients of the Lauren Melissa Kelly Scholarship: Congratulations to Diana Wasserman and Grace Knight! They will be awarded $2500 each.

In honor of Lauren Melissa Kelly, these two exceptional recipients demonstrated outstanding potential just like Lauren years ago. Please see below for the lovely details of her incredible life.

Diana Wasserman is a young lady who graduated high school in Wilmington, North Carolina. She is a motivated leader and volunteer in her community. Annually, she participates and fundraises for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides walk, as well as being an ambassador in chapter events. She has won many awards for her scholastic accomplishments including having the highest AP Calculus score and being the recipient of other CF scholarships. She attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and will be a sophomore in the fall of 2017

Grace Knight is an accomplished AP student, athlete, and musician from Tyler, Texas. Not only does she excel academically, she has also been on the swim team, cross country, and track teams her whole high school career. She has also volunteered countless hours to help raise awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis research, by speaking at galas and tournaments in her community. Grace demonstrates leadership and drive in every aspect of her life. She attends University of Pennsylvania and will be a sophomore in the fall of 2017.

Both Diana Wasserman and Grace Knight demonstrated the leadership, intelligence, and drive of Lauren Melissa Kelly. We at USACFA look forward to seeing them further develop their leadership and advocacy in the cystic fibrosis community.

It is important to know that Lauren Melissa Kelly was an inspiration to all who knew her. An incredible leader and scholar, Lauren’s drive and success are the foundations of her memory. She was transformative in every aspect of her life. She had distinguished herself as a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, Mortar Board, Phi Upsilon Omicron, Gamma Beta Phi, Delta Gamma sorority, and was chosen as one of ten Senior Leads at the University of Georgia. She acted as one of the re-founding members of the Phi Kappa Literary Society and was significant in the metamorphosis of the Z Club into the William Tate Society. Even after losing her battle with cystic fibrosis late in her senior, her hard work and memory continue to live on through her inspiring involvement.

We are excited to announce more scholarship opportunities coming soon! Please stay tuned for more information. For questions, please contact us at

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