"It was the first time I felt like I had someone on my side and there to help me in the struggles that come with living with CF."
As therapeutic developments increase the lifespan of cystic fibrosis patients, the need for a scholarship program to support college students with CF has emerged. BEF's scholarship program assists students who are working toward academic success while living with CF. It's the only program of its size and scope focused solely on supporting the CF community.

There is a multitude of organizations working to support the cystic fibrosis community, as well as a variety of tools and information available to help people with CF not just live, but thrive.

  • Sacks For CF Scholarship
    The Sacks for CF Scholarship is related to quarterback sacks made during the NFL season. The undergraduate and graduate award is made annually to 30 people who strive for therapy adherence and academic success.
  • BEF General Academic Scholarships
    BEF's General Academic Scholarships assist CF patients pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. They are awarded quarterly on the basis of demonstrated need and academic accomplishment.
  • Rimington Trophy Scholarship
    The Rimington Trophy Scholarship recognizes individuals who are living, breathing and succeeding with cystic fibrosis. The scholarship was established in association with the Rimington Trophy, the college football award named in honor of BEF President and former University of Nebraska center Dave Rimington.
  • Jerry Cahill You Cannot Fail Scholarship
    The Boomer Esiason Foundation established the Jerry Cahill You Cannot Fail scholarship in 2012 to honor exceptional student-athletes with cystic fibrosis who, like Jerry, don’t let the disease get in their way of living lives filled with purpose, passion, optimism and courage.
  • Exercise for Life Athletic Scholarship
    Doctors and CF centers have made it clear: when it comes to CF, exercise saves lives. BEF Exercise for Life Scholarship is awarded annually to high school senior scholar-athletes.
  • Scholarship of The Arts
    Calling all CF artists! Artwork in the form of video, painting, sketching and sculpturing is considered.
  • Bonnie Strangio Education Scholarship
    The Bonnie Strangio Education Scholarship is awarded annually to a person living with CF who, like Bonnie, has an upbeat personality and a can-do attitude.
  • Rosemary Quigley Memorial Scholarship
    The Rosemary Quigley Memorial Scholarship honors a remarkable woman who achieved her personal, educational and professional ambitions in spite of the constant presence of cystic fibrosis in her life.