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The Vertex Foundation Scholarship
Deadline to apply: February 1, 2022 3:00 pm CT

The Vertex Foundation Scholarship helps people with CF and their families (siblings, caregivers and children) pursue two-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 scholarship, tuition assistance 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.

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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
  • OR

  • 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

Please Note:
This scholarship is for any person diagnosed with CF or their immediate family member. Use of a Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated product is not considered for eligibility. Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Vertex Foundation employees, contractors, former employees, employee dependents and immediate family members are ineligible. Any information and materials you provide as part of your application process is governed by the Vertex Privacy Policy, which is different than the policy on the Scholarship America log-in page.

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 goals and aspirations, experience with cystic fibrosis and 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 across the country. Not all applicants will be selected as recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Notification

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.

Awards

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. The award payments will be issued in United States dollars (USD) and 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
  • If you are uploading a high school transcript, you must also upload a copy of your official SAT or ACT test scores if the test scores are not available on your high school transcript (U.S. only)

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than February 4, 2022 3:00 pm CT.

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!