We are very excited to announce our Breathe for Bea Scholarship recipients for the 2019-2020 school year! We were able to award scholarships to four students from across the country this year, all of whom are an inspiration and embody the same spirit and determination that our cherished Ashley “Bea” Briggs had, and are living proof that CF can’t hold a person back from achieving their dreams of a higher education and reaching for the stars.
Congratulations to all of our 2019 scholarship recipients! Let’s meet them:
My name is Taylor King, I’m 18 years old, and I have Cystic Fibrosis. I was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and moved to St. George, Utah when I was eight. I lived in Southern Utah until I graduated high school. Now, I am up in Salt Lake City attending the University of Utah. I am planning on pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the David Eccles School of Business. I love getting involved in my community. In high school I was a member of DECA, The National Honor Society, and HOPE Squad. I also volunteered with my church and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. During my Freshman year of college, I was a member of the Freshman Ambassador Board (FAB). As I continue my journey in college, I plan on staying connected with my community and staying active with the CFF! One of my favorite times of year is attending the Great Strides walk in St. George with my team “Thanks A Walk”. I am a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason”, and I am proud to say that I have Cystic Fibrosis. I will not stop fighting or raising awareness until CF stands for Cure Found!
I’d like to thank the Breathe for Bea Foundation for awarding me this scholarship to help support furthering my education. Your generosity towards me and many, many others is greatly appreciated.
My name is Jason Umana-Morales, I am an 18 year old boy from Virginia. I am graduating from West Springfield High School, and will be attending VCU this upcoming fall. I will be majoring in physics and hopefully going to med school. I am an Eagle Scout, a first degree black belt in tae kwon do, and a violinist. I love to play sports with my friends and family, along with doing great activities like camping, and traveling. My goal is to one day help those who also need great medical care. “Don’t let anything define or shape who you are.”
My name is Alexis Krist. I am 18 years old and I recently graduated from Mill Valley High School in Shawnee, Kansas. In high school I was on the girls swim team and managed Varsity Football. In my senior year I got out of my comfort zone and tried out, and made, the school musical! I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when I was six years old. I also have a younger sister, Ashleigh, who was diagnosed with CF at the same time. Needless to say, my parents have stayed very busy all these years with both of us.
I am excited to be attending Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS this fall. I plan to major in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology. I love the way people think! PSU is about two hours from where I live, so my parents can come and visit me. I am not sure what my future holds, but I am ready to get out there and live the next chapter of my life. Having CF is not going to hold me back!
My name is Destinee Jackson and I am 24 years old. I currently live with my boyfriend and two beautiful puppies named Braxton and Cooper. They are the loves of my life and I do not know what I would do without them. I am currently attending Palomar College and transferring to San Marcos for the upcoming fall semester. I am a Liberal Studies major and pursuing a career in teaching Special Education.
A Final Message
We again want to thank everyone who applied this year, 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 even be possible. This is one of our key programs so we cannot thank you enough!