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William Coon Jr.

In memory of William Coon Jr.

Next deadline:
April 30, 2024

USACFA offers four $2,500 William Coon Jr. Scholarships in memory of Bill Coon Jr. every calendar year. Any student with cystic fibrosis seeking a degree in any of the following is welcome to apply: business, economics, communications, political science, information, project management, finance, accounting, public administration, or marketing. Scholarships shall be awarded to US college students with cystic fibrosis based on financial need in conjunction with the current scholarship criteria. The current criteria will include consideration of grade point average, community service, leadership, and challenges because of a CF diagnosis.


Bill’s sister passed away at 18 years old, which made Bill very focused on the reality of his condition. This provided Bill with an underlying level of maturity that he carried throughout his whole life. He found a home with USACFA for information, direction, and comfort. Bill understood the challenges and wanted to help others who were traveling the same path. He was a good friend, and a good brother. His legacy and care for others will live on through USACFA.

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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