Aspiring Physician with Psoriasis Among AbbVie Scholarship Recipients

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AbbVie has awarded 45 scholarships as part of its 2022-2023 AbbVie Immunology Scholarship program. The program, which provides financial support to students living with chronic, immune-mediated diseases pursuing higher education in the United States, received more than 1,000 applicants. 

Among the recipients is Melissa Leeolou, a patient with psoriasis and a student at Stanford University aspiring to a career in medicine.  

"While living with chronic, immune-mediated diseases that are often difficult to manage, recipients of the AbbVie Immunology Scholarship have made an impact in their communities and exemplified determination to overcome challenges," says Patrick Horber, MD, president, US Immunology, AbbVie. "As a trusted leader in immunology, AbbVie is proud to help support these students' academic journeys as they continue to take on inspiring challenges and pursue their ambitions to make a difference in their communities." 

Qualified applicants were selected based on academic performance, their ability to serve as a positive role model in their community, essay submission and recommendation letter.

"The AbbVie Immunology Scholarship will help me carve a path forward and expand my career in healthcare management while living with ankylosing spondylitis and supporting my young family," says Alaa-adeen Ahmad, 2022-2023 scholarship recipient and Capella University student. "With my doctorate degree, I hope to become a healthcare quality and safety manager so that I can make a difference by improving the patient experience and helping others within the community."

Since its launch in 2016, the AbbVie Immunology Scholarship has helped more than 300 students living with chronic, immune-mediated diseases pursue higher education in the US. The full list of 2022-2023 AbbVie Immunology Scholarship recipients is available online.

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