Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation

  • The Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation (CFSF) — a scholarship program for students with CF enrolling in an undergraduate college program or a vocational school in the fall. CFSF was founded by a parent of a young adult with CF and is neither part of nor funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

    Scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded and may be used for tuition, books, and room and board, for up to one year of study.  Students may reapply the following year for an additional award, but are not guaranteed future awards.  Awards are sent directly to the institution that the student is attending. Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement, and leadership.  For application forms, deadlines and other information, visit or call (847) 328-0127.

AbbVie CF Scholarship

  • AbbVie CF Scholarship — Applicants include U.S. citizens with CF who are enrolled or awaiting acceptance from an accredited institution in the fall. Awards are based on applicants’ creativity, academic excellence, community involvement and ability to serve as a positive role model for the CF community.

    Forty scholars will be selected based on their academic record and extracurricular activities, essay and creative presentation. Each selected student will receive a $2,500 scholarship. Of these forty recipients, one undergraduate and one graduate student will receive a Thriving Student Scholarship of more than $20,000. The application and additional information about the scholarship can be found at

The Elizabeth Nash Foundation Scholarship Program

  • The Elizabeth Nash Foundation Scholarship Program awards scholarships to assist persons with CF to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of demonstrated need and accomplishment, both academic and other. Grants are made each year to people with CF who exhibit clear academic goals and a commitment to participate in activities outside the classroom.  Grants are made directly to the academic institution to assist in covering the cost of tuition and fees. For application deadlines and more information, visit

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Other Resources

For other options, contact the George Washington University HEATH Resource Center for a publication entitled, "Creating Options: Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities," which provides contact information and background about financial assistance opportunities. To obtain a copy, please contact:

The George Washington University HEATH Resource Center
2121 K Street, NW, Suite 220
Washington, D.C. 20037
Phone: (202) 973-0904
Fax: (202) 994-3365

Federal Student Aid Information Center at the U.S. Department of Education provides a publication entitled "The Student Guide" which lists many financial assistance programs:

Federal Student Aid Information Center
P.O. Box 84
Washington, DC 20044-0084
Phone (800) 4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)

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