Votes are part of the selection criteria for a college scholarship for cystic fibrosis patients.
A student is competing for a college scholarship that you can help him win.
He's already started his own online import company and is studying Business Finance at Roane State Community College's Cumberland County Campus.
"I'm really working hard. I've maintained a 4.0 GPA and my goal is to graduate college with a 4.0. Of course, I have three years to go on that so we'll see how that goes," James Davis said.
He faces all the challenges of any other college student. And he has CF, cystic fibrosis.
"Cystic Fibrosis what it does is it creates extra thick mucous especially in your lungs, clogs your lungs up, gets infected," he said. "So for me I have to spend three hours a day minimum just clearing my lungs out."
The AbbVie CF Scholarship rewards students who are positive role models for the CF community. James earned one worth $2,500 based on his academic excellence, extracurricular activities, and creativity.
"It's meant that this semester is completely paid off, school books and tuition," he said.
Now James is up for a much bigger scholarship. He's competing against 23 students across the country for money that would cover the rest of his studies at Roane State and beyond.
"The rest of the scholarship would mean minimum my Associate's degree and it would move on to a lot of my Bachelor's degree as well," he said.
James has done all he can do. The same essay and other submissions that earned him his current scholarship will be evaluated for the big scholarship. The difference this time is votes.
"If I can get people to vote for me then that's going to be what pushes me over the edge to win this scholarship," he said.
Anyone can vote online or by text through Monday September 16th. The vote totals will be a factor in selecting the scholarship winner.
"As little a thing as voting for me might be to someone to me it could literally change my life for the rest of my life," he said.
Whether he wins or not, James will still need to spend at least three hours a day, every day, on lung therapy.
"Having Cystic Fibrosis makes you fight to stay alive. So I'm a fighter," he said.
If he doesn't get the scholarship he said he will find a way to pay for school.
"Then I go to a full time job and I work myself raw because I am absolutely committed to school so I'm going to finish this thing," he said.
A small gesture by a lot of people would make a big difference.
"I would really appreciate any votes for this that you can give me because it's going to change my life," he said.
You can also text VOTE12 to 23000.
Find out more about the AbbVie Scholarship here.