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Abbott Awards CFCareForward Scholarships to Two Students Living With Cystic Fibrosis Pursuing Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees
Date:10/25/2011

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today awarded $19,000 scholarships to two exceptional students – one undergraduate and one graduate – living with cystic fibrosis (CF).  Lauren Meiss, winner of the Thriving Undergraduate Student Scholarship, and Emily Kramer-Golinkoff, winner of the Thriving Graduate Student Scholarship, were among 40 finalists living with CF who were eligible to receive the two scholarships through the CFCareForward program this year.  Lauren and Emily were chosen based on their outstanding academic achievements, community service, and artistic talent, as well as the number of votes they received during a public voting period.

"Abbott is proud to support Lauren and Emily as they pursue their goals for higher education," said Jim Hynd, divisional vice president, Metabolics, GI Care and Dyslipidemia, Abbott.  "Along with all of this year's CFCareForward Scholarship recipients, these students are an inspiration to others living with CF, and to anyone facing a health challenge."

Earlier this year, 40 students with CF were selected from hundreds of applicants to receive $2,500 scholarships for use during the 2011-2012 academic year.  Essays, poetry, artwork and personal and academic achievements were among the elements that comprised each of the students' profiles, which were featured on the CFCareForward Scholarship website.  Members of the public used the profiles to decide which student would earn their vote to win one of two Thriving Student Scholarships.

"As a student living with CF, it's very important to me to express my talents, enjoy life, and show others what's possible," said Phoenix, AZ native and Thriving Undergraduate Student Scholarship recipient, Lauren Meiss.  "The financial support from th
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