The UFIRST SCHOLARS Program was established in 2010 by a seed gift from Valerie & David Scholl.  The Scholls are grandparents to an affected granddaughter who 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 or related skin type to achieve their highest educational potential. Other donors are encouraged to contribute to the fund to help grow its capacity.

This program has provided 127 awards to 72 students totalling more than $147,500.

How to Apply

Applications for 2023 are now closed.

  • 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 strengthens your application.
  • The scholarship application MUST be completed by the student - not the parent. All communications regarding this application should be initiated by the student applicant.
Scholarship Selection Criteria
A committee of volunteers will evaluate each scholarship application based on the following criteria:
1.  Demonstrated Academic Ability
2.  A Written Essay: 
3.  Extracurricular Activities and Community Activities
4.  Financial Need
5.  Recommendation Letters (sealed and mailed to FIRST)
6.  FIRST Activities


ATTN: UFIRST Application
PO Box 1067, Lansdale, PA 19446-0687
or emailed to lbreuning@firstskinfoundation.org
or faxed to 215-997-9403

Follow this link to Donate to support the UFIRST Scholarship Fund

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