Date: 05/25/2018

 Congratulations to the 2018 UFIRST Scholars!

FIRST is proud to announce this year’s 9 scholarship recipients from the UFIRST Scholars Program.  Congratulations to everyone and we wish you the best of luck as you continue your education.

Ryan Balog


LaRoche College

Goals & Aspirations: I want to be able to influence students lives going forward.  I want to be a role model for all of my students and encourage them to be the best that they can be. I am excited to become a teacher after I graduate LaRoche College.


Tshering Choden

ARCI-lamellar ichthyosis

Royal Thimpu College

Goals & Aspirations: To obtain a Bachelor's Degree from the Royal Thimpu College and in the future go into teaching and counseling students.


Margaret McCoy


Smith College

Goals & Aspirations: I hope to work in a job where I can help other with their struggles and make their days brighter.  I also want to continue my volunteer work with young children.



Drew Mollan


Grand Valley State University

Goals & Aspirations: Obtain my college degree and continue playing baseball.



Kayla Murray


University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Goals & Aspirations: My goal is to obtain my Bachelor's degree in Psychology next spring.  I want to become a psychologist.  My ultimate end goal is to have a fulfilling career in which I can help others.


Alexis Rodrigues

Netherton syndrome

University of South Carolina

Goals & Aspirations: I plan to pursue a degree in pharmaceutical sciences and upon graduating, I aspire to work as a retail pharmacist.

Caroline Schulze

Netherton syndrome

Oregon Institute of TEchnology (Klamath Falls)

Goals & Aspirations: Become a civil engineer, building roads, bridges, sky scrapers and energy efficient buildings.


Tatum Tierney-Osterloth

ARCI-lamellar ichthyosis

UW Eau Claire

Goals & Aspirations: My goal is to pursue a degree in biology.



Alex Yoder

ichthyosis vulgaris

Indiana Wesleyan University

Goals & Aspirations: I want to get a college degree and teach children in a public school setting. I want to have a part in raising and inspiring the next generation.


UFIRST SCHOLARS was established in 2010 with a seed gift from Valerie & David Scholl.  The Scholls are grandparents to an affected granddaughter and wanted to provide an opportunity for affected students to advance their post-secondary education in partnership with FIRST.  Their inspiration is to provide the opportunity for students affected with a form of ichthyosis to achieve their highest educational potential. Donations are graciously accepted to help grow the fund.

Applications are made available on February 1st of each year.  Applications may be downloaded from FIRST’s website. Completed applications are due in March, with a specific deadline announced each year.  Scholarship recipients are announced in May.  

A committee of FIRST volunteers evaluates each scholarship application. The applications are scored using the following six criteria:

1) demonstrated academic ability
2) a written essay (topics vary each year)
3) extracurricular activities/community activities
4) financial need
5) recommendation letters, and
6) involvement with FIRST

How to Apply

Applications for 2019 will be accepted from February 1 - March 31, 2019.

  • Faxes and online applications will be accepted.  
  • Scholarship winners will be notified in May.
  • Eligible candidates are individuals affected with some form of ichthyosis or a related skin type, seeking post-secondary education at an accredited university, college, junior college, or trade school.
  • Qualified applicants may apply throughout the duration of their education career; however, a new application is required every year and proven success in previous year(s) will be required to be considered for future funding.
  • Funds can be used for school tuition and/or fees. All monies for tuition and/or fees are paid directly to the institution.
  • Participation in FIRST activities, communication with the national office, and advocating in your local community strenghtens your application.

Donate to the UFIRST Scholarship Fund here


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