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The Vertex Foundation Scholarship
Application status: Closed

The Vertex Foundation Scholarship helps people with cystic fibrosis (CF) and their immediate families (siblings, caregivers and children) pursue two-year, three-year, four-year or graduate degrees by offsetting some of the cost of attending college or graduate school.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team and a committee comprised of members of the CF community in the United States and Canada.

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Applicants to the Vertex Foundation Scholarship Program must:

    • Be a United States or Canadian citizen or a foreign national lawfully admitted to the United States or Canada for permanent residence
    • Be high school seniors/students in their final year of upper or higher secondary school, high school/upper or higher secondary school graduates, current technical or college/university undergraduate, and graduate level students in good academic standing
    • Be diagnosed with cystic fibrosis


    • Be an immediate* family member of an individual who has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis
      *Immediate family member are defined as siblings, caregivers, children or spouses.
    • Plan to enroll in part-time or full-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university, CEGEP institution (or equivalent) for the entire upcoming academic year
    • Consent to disclose any information you provide with Scholarship America, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, the Vertex Foundation, and the academic institution

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of career and educational goals
  • A statement of inspiration
  • An online recommendation

Financial need is not considered.

Selection of finalists is made by Scholarship America and a committee comprised of members of the CF community in the United States and Canada. Not all applicants will be selected as recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


All applicants will be notified in April.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of the Vertex Foundation. Payment is made in August.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. The award payments will be issued in United States dollars (USD) or Canadian dollars (CAD).

Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study only.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than February 28, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

The Vertex Foundation has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub.

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