Congratulations 2011 UFIRST Scholars!
FIRST is proud to announce this year’s seven scholarship recipients from the UFIRST Scholars Program. Congratulations to everyone and we wish you the best of luck as you continue your education.
Hannah AllenCongenital Ichthyosiform Erythroderma (CIE)

College of the Ozarks
Goals and aspirations: “I plan to graduate college in 2015 with a degree in Agriculture education. I want to teach high school agriculture.”
Jose Alberto Ortiz Osalde Lamellar Ichthyosis

Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Autónoma de Yucatan
Goals and aspirations: “To be the best dermatologist in ichthyosis and to be an investigator. I want to create a foundation like FIRST in Mexico some day.”
Natalie Hulse Ichthyosis Vulgaris

College of William and Mary

Goals and aspirations: “Graduate from college and work in the field of international relations.”
Jenna ParfittIchthyosis Vulgaris

Rhode Island College

Goals and aspirations: “My goal is to become a pediatric nurse or a neo-intensive care nurse. I have wanted this ever since I can remember.”
Benjamin Johnson Congenital Ichthyosis

Kansas State University
Goals and aspirations: “My goal is pursue a degree in Geographic Information Systems, and to get into a government sector job.”
Mani WoodwardCongenital Ichthyosis

University of Oregon
Goals and aspirations: “To pursue a career in medicine whether it be as a pediatrician or dermatologist. If medicine doesn’t work out, I would love to become a teacher.”
Gina MesserLamellar Ichthyosis

Sierra College

Goals and aspirations: “I want to become a psychologist specializing in the field of gerontology, and also would like to be a published author.”

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. Completed applications are due in March, with a specific deadline announced each year. Scholarship winners are announced in May.

A committee of 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
6) involvement with FIRST


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