Meet the 2020 Scholars

Get to know the hopes, dreams, and talents of this year's winners.

Emily H.

Undergraduate Recipient

"What do you believe is the greatest unaddressed patient need in the CF community, and if you could, how would you try to fix it? Who would you partner with (e.g. public figure, organization) to help fix the issue and why?"

I believe that the greatest unaddressed patient need in the CF community lies in the need for affordable treatments and therapies. For many years, I used an airway clearance system which took thirty minutes to complete, weighed more than ten pounds, and cost thousands of dollars. Recently, I’ve been using a newer nebulizer system as a part of a CF research study. The study only lasted a few months, so when it ended, I had to return the nebulizer system. The newer nebulizer cuts treatment time in half, was lighter in size making it easy for me to bring home from college but costs hundreds of dollars. While the machine has improved my quality of life by reducing treatment time and allowing me to stay healthy and embrace life, the machine may not be covered by insurance, and now that the study is over, patients like me may not be able to afford such an expensive machine. In order to make CF treatments more affordable, I would want to raise awareness, especially to insurance companies, to show how effective these machines are for patients in hopes that these life-changing treatments are available to those in need without having to worry about the financial burdens that come along with the machines. I would want to partner with the Boomer Esiason Foundation or Colton Underwood’s Legacy Foundation since both organizations have greatly supported the CF community with their contributions and could help raise awareness on the issue of affordable treatment options!



  • Auburn University Dean’s List: Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020
  • Alpha Chi Omega Sorority: Recording Secretary, Greek Sing Dancer & Business Chair, Pearl Girl Leader, Intramural Basketball Player, T-Shirt Committee, Membership Programming Committee, 2017-Present
  • Honor Societies: NHS 2016, German Honor Society 2016, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society 2016, Phi Eta Sigma 2018, Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honor Society 2018, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society 2018, Cardinal Key Junior Honor Society 2019, Mortar Board Senior Honor Society 2020
  • Employment: Bruster’s Real Ice Cream: Scooper, Crew Leader 2015-2018; Camp Straight Street: Counselor, Team Captain, Summer 2018; Summer Days Counselor at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church, Summer 2019-2020
  • Relay for Life at Auburn University: Survivorship Committee Member, 2017-2018
  • Emerge Freshman Leadership Program at Auburn University, 2017-2018
  • Auburn University’s The BIG Event Student-led Service Project Volunteer, 2018
  • Campus Kitchens at Auburn University Volunteer, 2019
  • Storybook Farm Horseback Volunteer, 2019
  • Reading & Phonics Tutor for a 1st Grade Student, Fall 2019; Pre-Service Teacher at Creekside Elementary School, Spring 2020