Brooks resident awarded scholarship

Tue, 12/11/2007 - 4:39pm
By: The Citizen

Brooks resident awarded scholarship

Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has awarded scholarships to 100 students with cystic fibrosis (CF) including Brooks, Ga. resident Nicholas Pettis.

The 100 SolvayCARES scholarships were awarded to every eligible applicant this year in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the scholarship program, which supports students pursuing any form of education beyond the high school level.

Winners receive a scholarship for two years of higher education study. In 2007, the SolvayCARES program is providing $280,000 in educational support to these very deserving students.

Since the inception of its CF scholarship program 15 years ago, Solvay Pharmaceuticals has awarded 400 scholarships totaling more than $1.5 million. The company has historically given between 20 and 40 scholarships per year.

Cystic fibrosis presents extraordinary health burdens for patients and financial challenges for families. Thanks to tremendous advances in medical treatments, more young adults with CF are living longer, healthier lives than ever before, and many more are pursuing higher education.

“From these amazing students, we can all learn valuable life lessons about bravery, strength and the determination to live each day to its fullest,” said Laurence Downey, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. “Our scholarship recipients have overcome adversity and persevered both in and out of the classroom. We are honored to support their academic pursuits.”

SolvayCARES provides nutritional, educational and financial support to CF patients and their families. Scholarships are awarded to students based on scholastic achievement, financial need, leadership qualities and the ability to serve as a role model to others with CF. All U.S. citizens with CF who are high school seniors, vocational school students or college students are eligible to apply. Applications are available at CF treatment centers nationwide each year from March through June. More information can also be found at

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