UFIRST Scholars 2015 Recipients
Congratulations to 2015 UFIRST Scholars!
FIRST is proud to announce this year’s 11 scholarship recipients from the UFIRST Scholars Program. Congratulations to everyone and we wish you the best of luck as you continue your education.
Government Gordon College Rawalpindi
Goals and aspirations: “I have a clear goal to achieve expertise in chemistry that can make me able to produce such drugs which are important for the treatment of cureless [sic] diseases, ie AIDS, ichthyosis.”
congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma (CIE)
Goals and aspirations: “I look forward to teaching whether in a classroom or as a youth leader. My teaching degree will allow me to be certified for K through 8th grade and I hope to use what I have learned to encourage children in this age group that they can overcome obstacles and pursue their own goals, whatever they may be.”
University of Colorado, Colorado
Goals and aspirations: “I want to attend a four year university and possibly major in Biology. After college I plan on going into a career in Plant Science.”
congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma
Stanly Community College
Goals and aspirations: “I want to obtain my Associate of Arts degree from Stanly Community College and then further my education at a four year university. I plan to obtain a master's degree in library science.”
Goals and aspirations: “I would like to go to college and get at least a master's degree. Make the Dean's List in college. “
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 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