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.
Nancy Wech, Lauren’s mother, established this scholarship in Lauren’s name and memory. In Nancy’s own words:
Lauren Melissa Kelly was an extraordinary woman. Laughing, gregarious, spontaneous, fun, talkative, driven, thoughtful, smart, kind and loving — all descriptive terms for Lauren, who lost her battle with CF late in her senior year at the University of Georgia. In 1992, Lauren was chosen as one of ten Senior Leaders at University of Georgia. She had distinguished herself as a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, Mortar Board, Phi Upsilon Omicron, Gamma Beta Phi, the Tate Society and Delta Gamma sorority.
Lauren felt the most significant opportunities of her college career included participation in the reconstruction and formation of organizations, which will serve the university in the future. 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. Her other activities included Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA) in which she served as Secretary and Special Events Chair. She was also a member of the Women’s Glee Club for more than two years.
In recognition of her academic performance, Lauren’s degree of Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences was awarded posthumously. At the time of her death, Lauren was engaged to be married and living off campus in an apartment. She lived life to the fullest!
Walt Disney said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. It’s not the days in life you remember, it’s the moments.” As Lauren’s mother stated, “I smile because she happened to me. Now, I want you to smile because she has happened to you.”
- Applicant must be a United States Citizen and over the age of 18 years old.
- Applicant must be diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.
- Applicant must be pursuing a certificate, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or graduate degree.
- Applicant should not be an immediate family member of someone on the USACFA board.
- The USACFA Scholarship application form, including the three essays
- A copy of an official transcript from high school
- A copy of an official transcript from college, when applicable
- A copy of proof of enrollment for the upcoming semester
- A resume, including all of your contact information
- An official letter from your doctor or CF clinic confirming Cystic Fibrosis diagnosis
- A headshot
- In the event you are awarded a scholarship, the following will be needed:
- Signed statement authorizing USACFA to publicly post, along with your headshot, on our blog, in our newsletter, and/or any of our social media outlets
- A short bio to be used with the aforementioned requirement
- Agreement to write an article or blog entry for CF Roundtable (details TBD)
- ALL requirements must be submitted in PDF or other appropriate digital format to email@example.com by midnight June 30th, for fall semester applications or midnight, October 15th, for spring semester applications.
Application Form and Instructions
- Fill out the application online using our Google form: http://bit.ly/2vJVATx
- Open and fill out the application form using your computer.
- Once you have completed the form, submit your answers.
- Make sure all other requirements (from above) are completed in an appropriate digital format and attached in a single email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the following format for your e-mail re line: “Semester Year Scholarship Application for Name”
- You will receive a confirmation from the scholarship committee once all application and additional materials have been received.
- Any questions about the application process can be emailed to the aforementioned scholarship e-mail address.