Meet the 2020 Scholars

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

Leila B.

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?"

Living with the day-to-day struggles of Cystic Fibrosis is a lifelong uphill climb. People who have Cystic Fibrosis know all about what CF really is and how it can affect one’s life. However, many people without CF are completely in the dark about it even existing and what it means. I believe that the greatest unaddressed patient need in the Cystic Fibrosis community is education and awareness from peers. In my 13 years of schooling, there has never been a mention of Cystic Fibrosis in the classroom and my peers had no idea what it meant. When people don’t understand or even know what CF is, it makes the CF patient feel ostracized and less than because of their medical condition. Although sometimes having to stop and take care of your CF can be a bump in the road, anybody with CF can do anything they put their minds to. Shoot for the stars I like to say. By teaming up with world-renowned health organizations like the World Health Organization and United Nations Foundation, we can raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis and hopefully further people’s education. In today’s society being so social media-based, I also believe that teaming up with popular social media platforms like Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram or Tik Tok can reach a younger audience and help them be more accepting of their fellow classmates with Cystic Fibrosis. I believe that spreading the word about CF can help people with CF feel like everybody else.



  • 11 Superior Awards in International Thespian Society Competitions, 3 Excellent Awards in International Thespian Society Competitions
  • International Thespian Society Troupe 7346 Vice President (2019-2020), Historian (2018-2019), Troupe Mentor (2018-2020)
  • Troupe 7346 Best Thespian, Best Actress, Best Vocal Performance, Most Likely to Be Famous (2019-2020)
  • Miss Creekside Pageant Miss Congeniality Winner (2019-2020), Miss Creekside Most Talented Winner (2019-2020)
  • BeaTPAC Childrens Theatre Summer Camp Counselor (2017-2020)
  • Actress for UF Health Psychology Training Department (2017-2018)
  • Actress for Nemours Children's Specialty Care Educational Videos
  • National Honor Society Member (2018-2020)
  • American Sign Language Certified
  • Party Host and General Skate Management Employee at The Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex
  • Sports Historian for Creekside High School (2016-2020)
  • Link Crew General Management (2018-2020)
  • Intern for the Creekside High School Library (2019-2020)