Congratulations 2012 UFIRST Scholars!
FIRST is proud to announce this year’s five scholarship recipients from the UFIRST Scholars Program. Congratulations to everyone.  We wish you the best of luck as you continue your education.
Bridget Smith 
Ichthyosis Vulgaris

William Jessup University
Goals and aspirations: “My goal is to complete my Bachelor's Degree and obtain a career in counseling and spiritual coaching.”
Mani Woodward
Congenital Ichthyosis

University of Oregon

Goals and aspirations: “I hope to graduate from the U of O with a double major in Biology & Chinese. I then want to attend medical school to pursue a career as a pediatrician or a pediatric dermatologist.”
Ashley Cloud 
Ichthyosis Vulgaris

Agnes Scott College

Goals and aspirations: “I want to make an impact in the world by studying anthropology and helping people to understand and accept other cultures.”
Elizabeth Joyner 
Ichthyosis Vulgaris

Union University

Goals and aspirations: “To teach elementary school and encourage students that God made each one special and to strive to do their best.”
Darcy Crawshaw 
Lamellar Ichthyosis

Kansas State University
Goals and aspirations: “To help others with anxiety and other debilitating psychological disorders.”

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.

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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