The Jill M. Balboni Memorial Scholarship funded by live*learn*breathe
The Jill M. Balboni Memorial Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Jill Marie Balboni who lost her life long battle with cystic fibrosis in July 2013 at the age of 36. Jill was a lover of life and lover of learning. Jill received her Bachelors, Masters and PhD and still managed to enjoy every day with a smile while spending time with her family and friends between her time in the Tri-Delta sorority or her Homecoming Queen reign or her Organ Donation philanthropy work. Jill always knew how important education was and she felt that a cure was around the corner and she beat all odds that she was not going to be uneducated or unemployable. She reached for the stars, the sun and the moon each and every day and never settled for anything less than what was attainable. The Jill M. Balboni Memorial Scholarship has been established by four of Jill’s lifelong friends. They want to take Jill’s enthusiasm for life and “can do” attitude and apply that to their mission of providing a college scholarship to a young adult with CF who embodies all that Jill stood for and accomplished in her life.
Two scholarships of $5,000 each ($1,250 per year) will be awarded. High school seniors who complete the high school senior application and meet the following criteria may apply for this scholarship:
- 3.2 GPA or better in high school
- Combined SAT score of 1750 or better or Composite ACT score of 25 or better
- Dedication to giving back to their community (volunteer work, speaking engagements, club and organization participation, etc.)
- Submit an essay of at least 500 words describing how you exemplify the spirit of Jill. Use concrete examples to show your enthusiasm for life and your “can do” attitude.
Students will be required to attend school on a full time basis and maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to maintain their scholarship.
CFSF Standard Scholarship
The program is available to those who will be enrolled in an undergraduate program or vocational school in the fall of 2016. Scholarships will be awarded based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement, and leadership. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester. Approximately 60% of the students who have applied in the past have been awarded scholarships. Awards may be used for tuition, books, and room and board. Awards will be sent directly to the institution that the student is attending. Both single year and multi-year awards are made, generally for $1000 per year. Students can reapply the following year for an additional award, but there is no guarantee they will receive one.
Which application you are required to fill out depends on your current educational status. If you are a high school senior, or have not yet completed a full year at college or vocational school, download the file below:
If you have completed at least one year of college or vocational school by September 1, 2015, download the file below:
You will need Adobe Reader to view any of the applications. You can download it here.
We will begin accepting applications on January 15, 2016, and all applications must be postmarked by March 23, 2016 and sent to:
Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation
1555 Sherman Avenue, #116
Evanston, IL 60201
Applicants will be notified of our decision by April 20, 2016