RPF is excited to announce the two winners of our very first scholarship program: Amanda Jones of Montgomery, Alabama and Melissa Eller of Hickory, North Carolina. Congratulations! We had many excellent entries and we want to thank everyone who took the time to submit an application and essay. We wish you all the best in your educational and vocational pursuits. If you are a higher education student (or will be next year), we encourage you to keep an eye out for this year's Scholarship Program to be announced later in 2015.
Here's are a few highlights about our winners.
Amanda (Mandy) Jones
Mandy was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Disease in 2012. She is currently a senior in high school and is in the process of selecting the university that she will be attending in the fall.
"I am pursuing my dreams to become a biomedical engineer. I have been accepted to Saint Louis University, University of Alabama-Birmingham, and The University of Tennessee, with scholarship to all three. Take that, RA!"
Melissa was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Disease when she was in her thirties and has been living with RD for over six years. She currently works as an Activities Coordinator at an assisted living facility and is pursuing continuing education at her local community college.
"I wanted to express my gratitude to you all for this opportunity. I had given up hope on ever being able to become an event planner but now thanks to this scholarship I can say that my dream job is with in reach now!"
Congratulations once again to our winners! RPF recognizes the financial and career challenges often posed by Rheumatoid Disease. We are happy to be able to offer this scholarship opportunity to help support students affected by RD. Details about the next scholarship opportunity will be posted at the following link, when available: https://rheum4us.org/rheumatoid-arthritis-resources/rpf-scholarship-program/