Avive College Scholarship
We are building a next generation Automated External Defibrillator (AED) built with you in mind. It’s usable by anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Our company was founded by Rory Beyer, Moseley Andrews, and Sameer Jafri during their senior year in college. Rory and Moseley had developed the first iteration of this device during a senior year capstone design course at MIT, and during his time at UCLA, Sameer had built a successful non-profit that focused on cardiac arrest prevention in youth. The three founders met for the first time at an industry conference in January 2017, and the company was born a few months later (right before they graduated)!
Given that our origins stem from the founders’ time and experiences in college, it’s only natural that we’re incredibly strong advocates of the innovative ideas fostered by higher education. Just as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and UCLA gave our founders the support required to embark on a journey to build the industry’s most accessible AED on the planet, we too hope to contribute to the education of tomorrow’s next big idea!
Congratulations to our Fall 2020 winner, Connor Smith!
Connor shared how he has taken action to educate about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) ever since he was diagnosed with Long QT, a condition that often goes undetected and can cause SCA. As a volunteer for Simon’s Heart, Connor works on national fundraising and legislative advocacy. Locally, Connor has created presentations to educate his high school classmates about the Chain of Survival and organizes community days where scouts, coaches, and other groups can learn how to perform CPR and use AEDs. Thank you, Connor for your creative ideas and inspiring actions!
Read more about Connor here.
Applications for our Winter scholarship are due November 30th, 2020.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) takes more lives each year than AIDS, some common cancers such as breast and lung, car accidents, house fires, and gunshot wounds – COMBINED! SCA affects all ages, races, and genders. Yet, unlike other injuries and illnesses, there’s a therapy that can save the majority of SCA victims – early defibrillation with an AED!
Unfortunately, when someone is experiencing SCA, time is of the essence, and victims lose approximately 7-10% chance of survival for every minute that passes.
Did you know?
SCA leads to over 350,000 deaths per year in the United States.
Between 7,000 and 10,000 school-aged children die of SCA each year.
Most SCAs occur in the home (68.5%) but most homes don’t have a life-saving AED.
That a layperson-friendly definition of SCA can drive awareness and bystander action.
Based on these statistics and others you find during your research, how would you drive awareness about the importance of CPR and using an AED? Why do you think more people don’t know about this public health epidemic and what creative ways would you introduce more AEDs to the public?
Once you’ve figured out how you’d drive awareness (and save more lives!), share your proposal with us by submitting either a video (less than 5 minutes) or short essay (less than 1,000 words).
The more innovative and creative your scholarship submission is, the better. Extra points will be awarded for originality and submissions that could work in real life.
We are offering a bi-annual (twice a year) scholarship of $750 to eligible students.
To be eligible, you must:
Be a legal resident of the U.S.
Be either a college-bound high school senior or a student currently enrolled in an accredited university
The annual deadlines for all submissions are June 30th, for the Fall scholarship and November 30th for the Winter scholarship.
Please submit your essay or video here
(or copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeW-7pf0BCbhlM-u2XMmvg3hS3tilUI-N4IeEoCAA7S_Nb9FQ/viewform ).
Choose either a video or written format. Videos should be under 5 minutes and written submissions should be under 1,000 words.
If you’re a high school senior and you’re unsure of which college you might be attending, please let us know.
Each year, awards will be selected and all applicants will be notified of the award by July 31st, for the Fall scholarship, and December 31st, for the Winter scholarship.
Scholarship checks will be made co-payable to the selected student and the college or university of his/her choice unless otherwise noted.
By submitting your scholarship application (video or written response), you are granting Avive Solutions, Inc. unlimited license and full commercial use of your submission in whole or in part as we see fit and relinquishing any copyright to your submission. If you do not agree with this or if you’re uncomfortable with us sharing your submission, in whole or in part, on our website, in newsletters or any other medium, please do not apply.