Erin Marie Masling Scholarship for students with Cystic Fibrosis (or other chronic disease/illness)

Erin Marie Masling was smart and a good student who accomplished much in her brief lifetime. She attended Ithaca College and spent a semester in London. Erin’s father and family created this scholarship in her memory to recognize her determination to lead as normal a life as possible despite the challenges of living with cystic fibrosis.  It gives other students like Erin the opportunity to enrich their lives through education by helping to alleviate some of the financial burdens of attending college.

Purpose of Scholarship – This scholarship encourages students who have the potential and desire to pursue life despite the effects of an ongoing medical condition or illness. Preference may be given to students with cystic fibrosis.

Number and Size of Awards – Number of awards and amounts may vary; minimum award $1,000

Renewability – This award is not automatically renewable, students may reapply.

Allowed Use of Award – For tuition and other higher education expenses

Eligibility Criteria – For students who:

  • Face the daily challenges of living with Cystic Fibrosis or another chronic disease or condition
  • Have an ongoing medical condition or illness, have struggled to deal with the impact of the disease, and are committed to pursuing higher education.
  • Are from the Western New York region attending college anywhere in the country.
  • Are graduating from high school or are college undergraduate students.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Are C+ or B students.

Application Process – Applications are submitted to the Community Foundation. The application deadline is May 1st. The Erin Masling Scholarship Application is posted on the Community Foundation’s web site. Download the application and send the completed form to:

The Community Foundation
500 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
ATTN: Scholarships

Selection and Award Process – A scholarship committee comprised of Stephen Masling and two Community Foundation/community representatives, reviews applications and selects the recipient(s).  An award letter is sent to the recipient, outlining instructions for receiving the award. Once proof of enrollment is received, payment is made to the college for the student’s account.