2018 FOSRX/FAST Pharmacy Scholarship Winners Announced 

Factor One Source FAST Pharmacy (FOSRX/FAST) announced today that it has selected four worthy recipients to award a combined worth of $11,000 of scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year to: Isaiah Reeves of Iowa City, Josh Williams of New Albany, OH, Emily Manning of Tallahassee, FL, and Chance Abrams of Birmingham AL.

All past and current recipients of the FOSRX/FAST Scholarship not only demonstrate extraordinary academic, extracurricular, and personal backgrounds, they also all live with chronic illnesses. The FOSRX/FAST scholarship program is part of an FOSRX/FAST initiative to support people living with life-long disorders/diseases to achieve academic success despite their diagnoses.

“Providing these scholarships will help the lives of four exceptional and deserving people who show promising futures despite challenging life circumstances,” FOSRX/FAST CEO, Sajal Roy said. “They are capable of achieving great things in their future college experiences and represent our company values well.”

After receiving their highest volume of applicants to date, the FOSRX/FAST Scholarship Committee for identified outstanding candidates for the FOSRX/FAST Scholarship Program based on their personal statements, academic achievements, extracurricular involvements, financial need, and potential future impact.  Since 2014, Factor One Source Pharmacy has publicly awarded over $30,000 in scholarships to 12 students across the nation and plans to continue awarding outstanding applicants annually.

“Our communities will benefit by enabling ambitious students to fully develop their talents and achieve their goals,” Roy said.

FOSRX/FAST is a nationwide specialty pharmacy focused on customized care and providing medications and services to people with complex or hard-to-manage conditions. While FOSRX/FAST has brick and mortar locations in Maryland, Louisiana and Texas, it is also licensed and able to serve patients in all 50 of the United States with a variety of medical conditions. To learn more about the Factor One Source FAST Pharmacy, click here, and to learn more about the FOSRX/FAST Scholarship Program, click here.

Listed below are the 2018 FOSRX/FAST Scholarship winners, their associated hometown, diagnosis, the college or university they will be/are attending, and their plans for the future. 

Silver Scholarship Recipient ($1,000): 

Emily Manning, from Tallahassee, Florida lives with a rare disorder of the blood called Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH). While working full time, receiving regular treatments, and coaching incoming students, Emily is also pursuing an internship for her master’s degree in Social Work. She is a mentor, volunteer, teacher, researcher, and a soon-to-be MSW graduate from Florida State University.

“This scholarship does not only change my life but sustains it! With a Master’s in Social Work, I hope to continue to inspire young people who are faced with similar obstacles and empower them to achieve their dreams.”-Emily Manning

Gold Scholarship Recipient ($2,500): 

Joshua Williams, from New Albany, Ohio has undergone two bone marrow transplants (BMT). Josh is attending Ohio State University majoring in Chemistry with the goal of becoming a chemical researcher. He has experience researching the usage of gene therapy to treat muscular dystrophy at a laboratory in the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and plans to earn a PhD in Chemistry working on cutting edge research.

“My goal is a career developing new materials such as new medicines or nanotechnology therapies that will help address various medical disorders. Receiving this scholarship will help me achieve that goal.” -Joshua Williams

Platinum Scholarship Recipient ($5,000): 

Isaiah Reeves is from Iowa City, IA, and is attending the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Isaiah has severe hemophilia A which requires regular infusions, plans to become a hematologist. During his sophomore year he worked under a doctor researching Factor IX clotting and plans to continue working in hemophilia-related research throughout his career.

“Medical school is a large financial endeavor, and scholarship programs like this one are extremely helpful in reducing that burden. I am excited to continue my medical education and hopefully pursue a career in hematology, where I will be able to give back to the community that has supported me throughout my life.” -Isaiah Reeves

 

Rising Healthcare Scholarship Recipient ($2,500):

Chance Abrams is from Wetumpka Alabama and lives with hemophilia A with inhibitors. Chance is majoring in pre-nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Not only does he undergo frequent treatments and maintenance for his disorder, he is also a high-achiever academically and volunteers regularly with his local hemophilia chapter. Chance aims to become a registered nurse anesthetist after he completes his undergraduate degree.

The scholarship will help benefit my future because with it, I will be able to take classes that I need to have in order to be able to apply for Nursing School next Spring.” -Chance Abrams

Scholarship FAQs

Have you heard about our scholarship program? Every year our company gives thousands of dollars away to people living with chronic/complex medical conditions seeking higher education. You can learn more on our Scholarship Page, here.

We are currently taking applications, which means we get a lot of phone calls at this time of year to ask questions or clarify certain eligibility requirements. We’d like to tackle the most common questions in this post today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can my high school age student apply now, and use the scholarship money in the future?

A: Only people attending college/university in Fall, 2018 are eligible to apply (including students at any point during their secondary education). That means high school seniors ARE able to apply if they are enrolled in college come fall semester, but that juniors, sophomores, and freshman are ineligible to apply until they are college-bound. It also sometimes means that they are competing against people in graduate or doctoral programs.

Q: I applied last year and didn’t receive the scholarship. Can I reapply?

A: YES, you can reapply. However, if you are a previous winner, you are no longer eligible. We have many new applicants every year, and want as many as possible to have the opportunity at being awarded our scholarships.

Q: Does my doctor’s office need to sign the form and fax it to you directly?

A: Many clinics have different policies on this type of thing, so we accept both electronic signatures and ink signatures that have been scanned in. Ideally you will have as few attachments as possible in your submission email to us.

Q:  Can we apply for multiple tiers of scholarship if we qualify for more than one?

A: No. Please only select the highest tier you qualify for. This is in your best interest, as the lower tiers generally have more applicants.

Q: If we applied in a previous year, can we use the same application form?

A: We do not recommend this, as eligibility requirements have changed. As we grow, we make adjustments to the process to make it easier on our committee to sort through the applicants.

Q: If I am from out of the country but plan to study abroad in the U.S., may I apply?

A: Our scholarship program is only for permanent residents of the U.S., but thanks for checking.

Q: I have been diagnosed with a condition listed under Treated Conditions, so does that mean my [son, daughter, sibling, spouse] can apply since they are in my family?

A: While we understand that a condition can affect an entire family, only the diagnosed individual may apply, and that money must be used on their own education.

Q: What does the committee look for when selecting an applicant?

A: Obviously there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this since we see a diverse group every year, and our committee votes in two rounds in order to narrow it down the the winners. What we CAN tell you is that paying attention to the instructions is important. Those who complete the instructions accurately are better positioned because it demonstrates an attention to detail. We also encourage applicants to thoughtfully write their essay section to stand out, demonstrate why they need the scholarship, and to show us who they really are through the written portion.

 

If you’d like to stay up to date on future scholarship insights and announcements, remember to follow us on social media @fosrxfast, or sign up for our scholarship newsletter on our scholarship page

 

2017 Scholarship Winners Announced

Cumberland, MD September 18, 2017— Factor One Source FAST (FOSRX/FAST) Pharmacy announced over the weekend that it has selected three worthy recipients to award a combined worth of $8,500 of scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year: Lara Dixon of Texas, Jordan Chadwell of Ohio, and Corey Pierce of Oregon. All past and current recipients of the FOSRX/FAST Scholarship not only demonstrate extraordinary academic, extracurricular, and personal backgrounds, they also all live with chronic illnesses. The 3-tiered scholarship program is part of an FOSRX/FAST initiative to support people living with life-long disorders/diseases to achieve academic success despite their diagnoses.  

“These scholarships will help the lives of three remarkable people who have excelled despite challenging life circumstances, and who are capable of achieving great things in their future college experiences.” FOSRX/FAST CEO, Sajal Roy said. “Our communities will benefit by enabling these remarkable students to fully develop their talents and achieve great things.”  

After receiving their highest volume of applicants to date, the FOSRX/FAST Scholarship Committee for identified outstanding candidates for the FOSRX/FAST Scholarship Program based on their personal statements, academic achievements, extracurricular involvements, financial need, and potential future impact.  Since 2014, Factor One Source Pharmacy has publicly awarded over $20,000 in scholarships to 8 students across the nation, and plans to continue awarding outstanding applicants annually.  

FOSRX/FAST is a nationwide specialty pharmacy focused on customized care, and providing medications and services to people with complex or hard-to-manage conditions. While FOSRX/FAST has brick and mortar locations in Maryland, Louisiana and Texas, it is also licensed and able to serve patients in all 50 of the United States with a variety of medical conditions. To learn more about the Factor One Source FAST Pharmacy, click here, and to learn more about the FOSRX/FAST Scholarship Program, click here.
 

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Listed below are the 2017 FOSRX/FAST Scholarship winners, their associated hometown, their diagnosis, the college or university they will be/are attending, and their plans for the future.

 

Silver Scholarship Recipient ($1,000): 

Lara Dixon is from Richmond, Texas. She is a freshman cheerleader for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor who has been battling Multiple Sclerosis since she was a sophomore in high school. She’s a high achieving student who volunteers and stays involved in clubs and church activities.  She will be studying business and economics, and plans to one day become an economics teacher.  

I have learned that eating healthy and exercising helps keep my MS under control. […] I am committed to taking advantage of my time in college to get the most out of my education, but to also experience college life.   

Gold Scholarship Recipient ($2,500):

Jordan Chadwell is from Long Bottom, Ohio, and is currently beginning his freshman year at Wright State University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.  Jordan has dealt with severe hemophilia his entire life, with no prior family history of the disorder, in a single parent home. While the diagnosis was huge learning experience for his entire family, through the years he has been able to find positive ways to cope with his condition by advocating and mentoring in behalf of other youth in Ohio dealing with hemophilia. 

“My desire [to become a nurse] evolved from my life experiences. […] I plan to remain strong and am determined to take advantage of all opportunities placed in front of me. I am eager to work hard to achieve my goals and reach my potential so I can live life to the fullest.” 

Platinum Scholarship Recipient ($5,000): 

Corey Pierce, from Portland, Oregon, is a PhD candidate in the Public Health, Epidemiology program for Oregon State University. He has received his MS degree in Epidemiology and dual BS degrees in Business Administration and Public Health. He has severe hemophilia, and has not only served as a camp counselor at the annual bleeding disorder camp in Oregon for eleven years, he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Hemophilia Foundation of Oregon.  

Thanks to this scholarship I am able to dedicate all of my attention in a direction that will move me forward academically and professionally. Many thanks to a great organization that strongly supports students with bleeding disorders! 

2016 FOSRx Scholarship Winners Announced

Factor One Source Pharmacy announces today that it has awarded $8,500 worth of scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year to three worthy recipients who have extraordinary academic, extracurricular, and personal backgrounds. All recipients also live with chronic illnesses. The 3-tiered scholarship program is part of an FOSRx initiative to support people living with life-long disorders/diseases to achieve academic success despite their diagnoses.

“These scholarships will help the lives of three remarkable people who have excelled despite challenging life circumstances, and who are capable of achieving great things in their future college experiences.” FOSRx CEO, Sajal Roy said. “Our communities will benefit by enabling these remarkable students to fully develop their talents and achieve great things.”

Roy thanks the FOSRx Scholarship Committee for helping identify outstanding candidates for the FOSRx Scholarship Program Scholarships, which based their decision on academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, financial need, and future impact.

Since 2014, Factor One Source Pharmacy has publicly awarded $12,000 in scholarships to five students across the nation, and plans to continue awarding outstanding applicants annually.

Factor One Source Pharmacy is a specialty pharmacy providing medications and services to people with complex or hard-to-manage medications. Headquartered in Cumberland, Maryland, FOSRx is able to serve patients with a variety of medical conditions in all 50 of the United States. To learn more about the Factor One Source Pharmacy Scholarship Program, click here.

 


Listed below are the 2016 FOSRx Scholarship winners, their associated hometown, their diagnosis, the college or university they will be/are attending, and their plans for the future.

 

lara-photoSilver Scholarship Recipient ($1,000):

Lara Hilton is from Athens, Georgia, and is a single mother of two who was recently diagnosed with Autoimmune Disease. She has earned two associate’s degrees, and is currently enrolled in the Healthcare Science program at Athens Technical College in order to ultimately become a Registered Nurse.

“I want to specialize in women’s health because I am especially interested in being a resource for young women thinking about their reproductive options.”

img_2924Gold Scholarship Recipient ($2,500):


Shaylyn Fujii is from Keaau, Hawaii, and lives with von Willebrand Disease. She was the first in her family to graduate from a four-year university, and is now pursuing a career as a family nurse practitioner.

“I would like to run a health clinic in the rural districts of regions that my family grew up in. With this specialty, I will be able to help people of all ages and provide easier healthcare to my local community members.”

img_20160910_131104Platinum Scholarship Recipient ($5,000):

Justin Horbacz lives in Gainesville, FL and is diagnosed with severe hemophilia. He has raised $10,000 to help other youth affected by bleeding disorders attend hemophilia-focused summer camps, and has helped sponsor 30 children with hemophilia from 6 developing countries through “Save One Life.” He is attending the University of Florida to pursue a career as a pediatric hematologist.

“Being challenged in life is inevitable. It is how we view and approach these challenges that shape who we are.”

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