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.
Rosemary was a devoted wife, friend and family member, and she had a certain predisposition for travel and adventure. She relished the challenges and enrichment of her academic studies at Harvard and Michigan that, along with various internships, governmental appointments and fellowships, led to her career as a medical ethics professor and health policy attorney.
Rosemary’s refusal to allow cystic fibrosis to hold her back from living fully was one of her most defining characteristics. In fact, she once wrote:
“I am discouraged by people who confer admiration on my most basic accomplishments; I seek supporters who never think I have done too much, who will push me further for as long as possible. I focus my spirit to outlast my withering body.”
Rosemary passed away in 2004 at the age of 33. In her memory, Rosemary’s husband, family, friends and colleagues established this scholarship program to enable and inspire young adults with cystic fibrosis to engage in academic studies that will lead them to lives and careers of personal and professional fulfillment.
Scholarships are available to students with cystic fibrosis who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees with a clear sense of life goals, and whose commitment to living life to the fullest – despite having CF – is exemplary. The scholarship committee will select finalists who will be interviewed on the phone. The award recipient will be chosen based on a majority vote based on ALL parts of the application.