We are very excited to announce our inaugural Breathe for Bea Scholarship recipients! Our scholarship program honors the memory of our cherished Ashley “Bea” Briggs, who never let Cystic Fibrosis stop her from pursuing her dreams. It was her spirit and determination that drove the Foundation to establish our scholarship program this year, so that we could help others who are living with CF achieve their dreams of a higher education too.
We were able to award scholarships to five students from across the country for the 2018-2019 school year, all of whom are an inspiration and embody the same spirit and determination that Bea had. They are all living proof that CF can’t hold you back from reaching for the stars. Congratulations to all of our 2018 scholarship recipients! Let’s meet them:
I am Holly Beasley, a small town girl from North Carolina that loves writing, painting, science, and spending time with family, friends and my puppy. I have enjoyed hundreds of hours of community service and my latest aspiration is to be a Big Sister through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. I am a Junior at UNC Chapel Hill majoring in Biology. I wish to pursue a career in the medical field to allow me the opportunity to return to others the compassionate medical care that I’ve received throughout my life.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
My name is Alyssa and I have Cystic Fibrosis. I was born in Gainesville, Florida in November of 1999 and diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at just four months old. I moved from FL to SC when I was five years old and have lived here ever since with my Mom, Dad and older brother. I am a 2018 graduate of Lexington High School, home of the Wildcats! In HS I was a member of the “Be Fan” club and of the National Technology Honor Society. I love spending time with my friends, family and my dog, Sadie. The statement above by Eleanor Roosevelt is my current life motto. I truly believe that we all make our own future by believing and recognizing our dreams. Early on I discovered that the only limitations I have are the ones I give myself. All of the challenges and adversities in my life have made me a stronger and more determined person.
This Fall I will be attending the University of South Carolina majoring in Marketing. I hope to one day work in the music or sports industry where I will be able to put my education to use. I look forward to the next chapter of my life and what it holds. Never fear.
My name is Rylee Noto and I am from Idaho. When I was three months old I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). CF has impacted my life in positive and negative ways through the years and has also made me the person I am today. I have achieved all the goals I have set for myself up until this and I continue to set goals and accomplish them one by one. I have never let CF stop me from doing anything I set my mind to. My next goal is graduating from North Idaho College and continue to further my education to become a motivational speaker for the CF community. I want to help impact the younger generation with CF to find something they are passionate about and help them set goals to achive. I want to be a role model for them. I enjoy being outdoors, organizing events, cooking meals and being active in my community.
My name is Tyler Shane Roye. I’m 18 years old from Burleson, Texas. I attended Joshua High School and graduated in May, 2018. I currently live in College Station, Texas and am attending Texas A&M University. I have a sister named Kaylee and a brother-in-law named Brian.
In high school, my main activities in school included band, UIL academics, and National Honor Society. I was a section leader for the trombone section for two years. I graduated #5 in my class of 331 and had a 4.18 GPA. I played baseball until the 8th grade, and ran track and cross country in 9th and 10th grade. I attend Cross Timber Baptist Church. I am majoring in Chemical Engineering. My plans are to become a Biochemical Engineer and work in the pharmaceutical field.
I am from Mobile, Alabama. I attended Davidson High School where I was a member of the Sound Of Mobile Marching Band, where I played trombone. I am attending the University of South Alabama this fall and am majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Go Jags!
A Final Message
We again want to thank everyone who applied, and give a big congratulations to the winners. The Foundation would also like to thank everyone who has supported us, as without you and your generous donations, none of this would be possible. We cannot thank you enough!