History

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 119 awards to 68 students totalling more than $137,000.

How to Apply

The application process for 2022 has closed.

Applications for 2023 will be open February 1, 2023 to March 31, 2023.

  • 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
 

 

Donate to support the UFIRST Scholarship Fund here

 

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