Congratulations to the 2020 UFIRST Scholars!

FIRST is proud to announce this year’s 11 scholarship recipients from the UFIRST Scholars Program.  These 11 students received a total of $13.000 in awards for their post-secondary education. Congratulations to everyone and we wish you the best of luck as you continue your education.


Naseer Ahmed

ARCI-lamellar ichthyosis

University of Kotli Azad Jammu

Goals & Aspirations: The highest calling for me is to serve the greater good of humanity and the world. Many people are tempted to be selfish and do what only benefits themselves. Yet humans also have an altruistic instinct that fill us with a sense of satisfaction when we are able to help others


Ryan Balog


Robert Morris University

Goals & Aspirations: I want to influence students and be a role model for many.  I want to show my future students that nothing can hold you back.


Kaylee Brown

Netherton syndrome

Bradley University

Goals & Aspirations: I want to go into the medical field to become a pediatric dermatologist. I want to be able to help kids with skin issues like me.


Tshering Choden

ARCI-lamellar ichthyosis

Royal Thimpu College

Goals & Aspirations: To obtain a Bachelor's Degree, continue further studies and obtain a Masters, go into child counseling and help in the future.


Christina DaSilva

Palmoplantar Keratoderma

Purdue University

Goals & Aspirations: I aspire to become certified as a registered dietitian and work in the competitive field of athletics, promoting optimal performance through proper nutrition.


William Egan

ichthyosis hystrix

Louisiana State University

Goals & Aspirations: To just be like everyone else.  Sadly, that will never happen and I will always be "visually different." Career goals would be to have a good paying job in a place where I make a difference or even work to be awarded patents for unique ideas.



Emelia Gregor


University of Redlands

Goals & Aspirations: My goals are to get my BA in Liberal Studies and Spanish and my MA in Education so that I may pursue my goal of becoming a high school Spanish teacher.


Katharine Hamel


University of New Hampshire

Goals & Aspirations: To become a nurse or work in healthcare.  I want to provide support and help to those in need.



Rylee Iott


University of Sioux Falls

Goals & Aspirations: My goals and aspirations are to earn a bachelor's degree with a double major in accounting and business administration.  Following that, I plan to continue my education at the University of Sioux Falls to work towards my Masters.


Adam Klafter

epidermolytic ichthyosis

Savannah College of Art & Design

Goals & Aspirations: To be more independent and become successful after graduating college.


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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