Congratulations to our 2019 L.I.F.E Scholarship Finalists (Updated)

The Lupus Inspiration Foundation for Excellence (L.I.F.E.) Scholarship Committee would like to thank all applicants for applying. It requires considerable time, energy, and bravery to complete the application process for our merit-based awards, especially when the application pool is competitive and uniquely diversified. It is truly an honor to be amongst your peers on the list of finalists. As expected, all of the 2019 L.I.F.E. Scholarship finalists display courage, relentless determination, and most importantly, a willingness to help others by sharing their story.

Our 501(c)(3) non-profit has received national recognition for its efforts to spread lupus awareness throughout the country. In addition to the traditional L.I.F.E. Scholarships typically awarded in August, we also have special awards. They can be awarded year-round to highly qualified students attending college in a state NOT REPRESENTED yet by a L.I.F.E. scholarship. This year, our L.I.F.E. Scholarship Committee was excited to learn that we have not one, but three qualified finalists for this special award.

L.I.F.E. is also pleased to announce a renewed Honorary L.I.F.E. Scholarship for Jeri Venegas. Jeri has volunteered to our non-profit by using her abilities as an artist to design and present ideas for L.I.F.E.'s upcoming book.

Every finalist has the potential to be a L.I.F.E. Scholarship Winner! The 2019 L.I.F.E. Scholarship Committee and L.I.F.E.’s President are volunteering numerous hours to find sponsors for as many finalists as possible. As a result of unforeseen circumstances, the selection of our 2019 L.I.F.E. Scholarship Winners will be delayed until mid-to-late September. Visit L.I.F.E.’s website frequently during the month of September for our 2019 winner’s announcement. The announcement will include directions for the 2019 winners as well. Winners will be announced in groups or as we secure more sponsors. Again, it is important to visit our website frequently until we state the final group of 2019 L.I.F.E. Scholarship recipients. Thank you for your patience.

The L.I.F.E. Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce our inspirational finalists for consideration of the 2019 L.I.F.E. Scholarship and the college they are or will be attending this fall semester:

Kyle Reese—Brooklyn College (NY)
Kaitlin Dailey—Colorado State University
Greta Ziegler—North Dakota State University
Samuel Li—Northern Arizona University
Hasler Roberson—University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nicole Iadevaia—Silver School of Social Work at NYU
Leah Santiago—University of Central Florida
Shelly Cheavens—University of Texas at Tyler/Soules Business College
Javier Martinez—University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Rachel Bershad—Syracuse University (NY)
Natalie Kue—University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Lillian Lavendusky—University of Oklahoma
Jasmine Carlton—University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Thu Vu—University of Portland (OR)
Hannah Wieselthier—Montclair State University
Lindsey Nicholson—University of California-Los Angeles
Morgan Blanchard—University of South Carolina-Aiken
Sitara Lewis—Seattle Central College (WA)
Jalexcia Heard—University of Mississippi
Amellia Lyn—Central Connecticut State University
Mellea Humphrey—Kent State University (OH)
Shelby Truitt—Auburn University (AL)
Hannah Brookings—Henderson State University (AR)
Sophie Valentine—Loyola University New Orleans
Sheree Al’Damen—Universatz of Houston-Clear Lake
Maylan Armstrong—Midwestern State University (TX)
Kalpana Baniya—Middle Tennessee State University (TN)
Olivia Dodd—Luther College (IA)
Lauren Lee—Hill County Christian School of Austin (TX)
Christianna Parker—University of Alabama
Anna Harris—University of Mary Washington (VA)
Piper Welsh—Maryville University (MO)
Katie Rose—Murray State University (KY)