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Higher Education scholarship

In Memory of Lauren melissa Kelly
Next deadline:
JUne 30, 2024

CF Roundtable offers the Higher Education Scholarship award every summer for the upcoming school calendar year, in memory of Lauren Melissa Kelly. The academic scholarships of up to $2500 are awarded to two adults with cystic fibrosis who are pursuing career certifications, associates, and bachelor and graduate degrees. Please see below for the Higher Education Scholarship Criteria. 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.”

scholarship requirements

  • The USACFA Scholarship application form, including three essays shown below.

  • 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

  • All (4) essays outlined below, submitted in one document. Please use headers in the document to identify each essay. There is no word count requirement.

  • Applicants must provide proof of enrollment for the academic year their application is targeting. For example, applicants for the Academic Year 2023-2024 cycle must demonstrate that they will be enrolled for the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 terms.

  • Applicants do *not* need to be actively enrolled in a degree program when applying—but must be enrolled for the time period covered by award disbursements. See above.

  • Winners who are enrolled full-time for the disbursement period will receive 100% of the listed award amount. Those who are enrolled half-time for the disbursement period will receive 50% of the listed award amount.

  • Two scholarships are given out for each portfolio each year. In the case of a tie for second place, decisions will be made based on evidence of financial need articulated in applicant essays.

  • Applicants may not apply to both the Arts and Higher Education scholarship mechanisms within the same cycle.

  • Each person can only win the same scholarship once during the course of their education. However, a single person can win the Arts scholarship in one cycle and the Higher Education scholarship in another.

  • 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)

Personal Achievements and Leadership:

Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability, both within the CF community and elsewhere. How does CF impact your various personal achievements?



Financial Need:


From a financial standpoint, what impact would this scholarship have on your education? Discuss any special personal or family circumstances affecting your need for financial assistance.




Who in your life has been your biggest influence and why? How has CF contributed to who you are today?


Future Plans and Goals


Briefly describe your short and long-term goals. How will receiving this scholarship aid you in your academic and career journey? How does CF factor into these goals?

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