2014 L.I.F.E Scholarship Finalist Announcement

L.I.F.E. received close to 100 applications from college students with lupus throughout the country. Due to the quantity of outstanding applicants selecting the winners has proven to be difficult. Therefore, the 2014 L.I.F.E. Scholarship Committee--for the first time--has chosen to announce the 31 finalists.

Being selected as a finalist is a considerable honor as the competition is at an all-time high. The following finalists’ applications have been nothing short of amazing. The essays on "How Lupus has Affected Your Life" are inspirational. The letters of recommendation, grades, and volunteer work/community service are all remarkable.

Funding for this year allows us to offer L.I.F.E. Scholarships to 16 of the 31 finalists.

The winners will be announced by August 15th. If you are not selected as a winner, we strongly encourage you to apply again in 2015.

Outstanding job to all of the finalists! Thank you for sharing your story and for continuing to persevere despite the setbacks of lupus.

1.     Alexandra Schueszler  Kent State University, OH

2.     Allie White  University of Arkansas

3.     Brina Olunkwa  Hofstra University, NY

4.     Davis Vertin  University of Central Florida

5.     Destinee Osborne  Massachusetts College of Art and Design

6.     Destini Thomas  University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, OH

7.     Eilen Cabrera  Johnson and Wales University, FL

8.     Ewodaghe Harrell  Brown University, RI

9.     Gianna Raponi  Rollins College, FL

10.  Haley Hahn  University of Illinois

11.  Jacqueline Saunders  Ferris State University College of Pharmacy, MI

12.  Jolene Milewski  Temple University Tyler School of Art, PA

14.  Katelynn Henderson  University of New Mexico

15.  Lauryn Bille  University of Nebraska- Lincoln

16.  Linda Zhang  University of California- Berkeley

17.  Mariana Lombardi  University of Pennsylvania

18.  Mattie Newman  Harvard University, MA

19.  Natasha Dunkoh  Columbia College Chicago

20.  Natasha Pacheco  University of Massachusetts Lowell

21.  Patricia Lawlis  University of Chicago

22.  Powers Brennan  University of Massachusetts Amherst

23.  Robyn Doughty St. Olaf College, MN

24.  Ronald Echols  Atlanta Metropolitan State College, GA

25.  Savannah Valentin  The College at Brockport, State University of New York

26.  Shayna Spencer  University of Rhode Island

27.  Sydney Rizzo  College of Charleston, SC

28.  Tamara Hill  Mohave Community College, AZ

29.  Trang Nguyen  George Mason University, VA

30.  Vanessa Fuentes  Baylor University School of Law, TX

31.  William Aguilar  John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY