AbbVie Awards $25K to Two Students with Cystic Fibrosis

Two students living with cystic fibrosis (CF) were selected as AbbVie’s 2018 Thriving Undergraduate and Thriving Graduate Students as a part of the AbbVie CF Scholarship program. Vinnie Acedo-Holmquist and Jackie Johnson were each the recipient of a $25,000 scholarship in their pursuit of higher education.


Vinnie, the 2018 Thriving Undergraduate Student, is currently attending Chandler Gilbert Community College and pursuing a degree in Business Administration. Jackie, the Thriving Graduate Student, is currently studying Physician Assistant Studies at Saint Catherine University. Both have demonstrated strength and resilience in facing CF head-on, and serve as inspirations for other students pursing their dreams of higher education.

Earlier this year, 40 undergraduate and graduate CF students were selected as 2018 AbbVie CF Scholars and received $3,000 scholarships. The students then had the opportunity to earn the title of Thriving Undergraduate or Graduate Student along with an additional $22,000 in scholarship funding by participating in a public voting period. Vinnie and Jackie were named Thriving Students based on a combination of their academic achievements, community involvement/extracurricular activities, essay and creative presentation scores, as well as the number of public votes cast.

To learn more about these students and the scholarship program, visit the AbbVie Scholarship website,

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an interview with either student to learn more about their experiences and goals, feel free to contact me at (212) 583-2701 or for additional information. 

About the AbbVie CF Scholarship

The AbbVie CF Scholarship was established 26 years ago in recognition of the financial burdens many families touched by CF face and to acknowledge the achievements of students with CF. Since its inception, the scholarship program has awarded over $3.2 million in scholarships to over 1,000 students. The AbbVie CF Scholarship is part of AbbVie’s ongoing commitment to the CF community, which is comprised of more than 30,000 people in the United States. As of 2016, more than half of the CF population are 18 years or older.

  1. 1. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. About Cystic Fibrosis. Diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Available at: Accessed September 2018.

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