Congratulations to the 2018 UFIRST Scholars!

FIRST is proud to announce this year’s 9 scholarship recipients from the UFIRST Scholars Program.  Congratulations to everyone and we wish you the best of luck as you continue your education.

Ryan Balog


LaRoche College

Goals & Aspirations: I want to be able to influence students lives going forward.  I want to be a role model for all of my students and encourage them to be the best that they can be. I am excited to become a teacher after I graduate LaRoche College.


Tshering Choden

ARCI-lamellar ichthyosis

Royal Thimpu College

Goals & Aspirations: To obtain a Bachelor's Degree from the Royal Thimpu College and in the future go into teaching and counseling students.


Margaret McCoy


Smith College

Goals & Aspirations: I hope to work in a job where I can help other with their struggles and make their days brighter.  I also want to continue my volunteer work with young children.



Drew Mollan


Grand Valley State University

Goals & Aspirations: Obtain my college degree and continue playing baseball.



Kayla Murray


University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Goals & Aspirations: My goal is to obtain my Bachelor's degree in Psychology next spring.  I want to become a psychologist.  My ultimate end goal is to have a fulfilling career in which I can help others.


Alexis Rodrigues

Netherton syndrome

University of South Carolina

Goals & Aspirations: I plan to pursue a degree in pharmaceutical sciences and upon graduating, I aspire to work as a retail pharmacist.

Caroline Schulze

Netherton syndrome

Oregon Institute of TEchnology (Klamath Falls)

Goals & Aspirations: Become a civil engineer, building roads, bridges, sky scrapers and energy efficient buildings.


Tatum Tierney-Osterloth

ARCI-lamellar ichthyosis

UW Eau Claire

Goals & Aspirations: My goal is to pursue a degree in biology.



Alex Yoder

ichthyosis vulgaris

Indiana Wesleyan University

Goals & Aspirations: I want to get a college degree and teach children in a public school setting. I want to have a part in raising and inspiring the next generation.

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