New Scholarship at Marshall Honors Cystic Fibrosis Activist

Jul 17, 2018

John Hunsley
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A new scholarship at Marshall University has been created to support students earning their master’s degree in counseling.

According to a news release from Marshall, the scholarship is named in honor of John Hunsley, an activist for cystic fibrosis who received his bachelor’s degree in counseling from Marshall University in 1996. 


Hunsley was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was three years old. It’s a disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.

Hunsley’s completion of his master's program at Marshall was cut short by his need to seek full-time employment in order to secure health insurance. Hunsley’s wife says in the release that her late husband’s decision to start his education at Marshall as an adult was “one of the best decisions my husband ever made. He would be honored to know he's helping someone else fulfill their dreams with his scholarship." 

For information about applying for the John Hunsley Memorial Scholarship contact the College of Education and Professional Development.