We are extending the Spring 2018 deadline until November 15, 2017!
The United States Adult Cystic Fibrosis Association (“USACFA”) offers the Lauren Melissa Kelly Scholarship award each semester, in honor of Lauren Melissa Kelly. The scholarships of up to $2500 are awarded to adults with cystic fibrosis who are pursuing career certifications, associates, and bachelor and graduate degrees.
Please find scholarship criteria and requirements on our website and direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A fall 2017 scholarship recipient, Elizabeth Shea, has shared with us how her college experience has been shaped by having CF and all that she has been able to accomplish through the help of our scholarship and her dedication to hard work and passion in performing music. In her own words:
As a winner of the USACFA scholarship for the fall semester of 2017, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to share some of my experiences as a college student with CF. I thought it might be helpful to kids who are applying to colleges now, or those who are in college deciding on a major, to hear a little about what I’ve done and why.
First I should say I am now a junior at Stetson University. I play flute and I am a double major: music education and music performance. I added the second major at the end of my sophomore year. I also joined the music sorority Sigma Alpha Iota in my sophomore year. Both decisions have had a big impact on my life at college.
Music education was my original major, and believe me, it kept me very busy. Between classes, private lessons, multiple ensemble rehearsals, mandatory recital attendance, private practice, classroom observations and studying, sometimes I hardly have time for lunch. But, I knew that if I added a performance major, my playing ability would be seen as more competitive down the road when I’m applying to graduate school, or even in competing for a teaching job. So, I went for it.
My decision to join a sorority was also significant. Not only am I a member, I am now the treasurer of our chapter. With weekly chapter meetings, events, executive board meetings, financial reports, banking, etc. I’ve had to dedicate a decent amount of time to SAI. But the payoff has been great. The sorority gives me an awesome group of close friends who all share my love of music. I’m able to socialize with them and not just spend time in classes, performing and studying with them. I’m also getting some valuable experience being in a leadership role with responsibilities that are new to me.
So, as you can imagine, I’m really, really busy this year. I’ve had to be very careful to keep up with my medical treatments so that I can stay healthy. Bottom line is, don’t assume that because of CF you have to limit yourself or skip things. I might have to work a little harder to keep up with everything that I’ve added this year, but I am enjoying all the new challenges. Of course, this year is also harder because I’m a junior performance major and so I am expected to perform at a higher level. No pressure, right? But I think I’m up for it. Just try things and see what you can do. You can always cut back if you end up overwhelmed, but if you don’t try, you will never know if you could have done it!