Thursday, January 6, 2011
College Scholarships available for Ohio student Cancer Survivors
From the American Cancer Society:
(Deadline is February 25, 2011)
The American Cancer Society is offering Youth Survivor College Scholarships to young cancer survivors in Ohio to assist them in their pursuit of higher education. The scholarships provide up to $1,000 in funding to recipients for the 2011-12 academic year.
This year’s scholarship application deadline is Friday, February 25, 2011. The scholarships are not intended for family members or caregivers of cancer survivors. Applicants will be notified later this year of their funding status.
Scholarships are available for eligible applicants from the following counties:
· 1 scholarship is available for applicants in all counties of Ohio
· 1 scholarship is available for applicants in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties
· 5 scholarships are available for applicants in Erie County
· 8 scholarships are available for applicants in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Summit and Wayne counties
Applicants must sign and complete the application, type a 500 word or less goal statement on how cancer impacted their life and how they plan to use this experience in the future, provide a copy of an academic transcript and submit three letters of recommendation. One of the letters must be from their personal physician on his or her professional letterhead describing the type of cancer that was diagnosed.
The scholarship program was established in 2000. As cancer survivors and role models, scholarship recipients may be invited to serve as American Cancer Society volunteers, to train as mentors for future scholarship recipients and to represent the American Cancer Society on campus and in their communities.
Scholarship applicants must be residents of Ohio, a United States citizen, diagnosed with cancer before age 21, under the age of 25 at the time of application and plan to attend an accredited university or community college in the United States.
All scholarships will be awarded by the Society’s volunteer scholarship review committee and will be based on scholastic performance, community and American Cancer Society service, and leadership. For record keeping, those awarded a scholarship must submit a copy of his/her first quarter/semester transcript by January 27, 2012.
Due to limited funding and the competitive nature of this program, the American Cancer Society is not able to award scholarships to all young cancer survivors who apply. Priority will be given to first-time applicants. Former scholarship recipients are encouraged to apply again.
To receive an application, or for more information about the scholarship program, call the American Cancer Society toll free at 1-800-227-2345. You can also download a copy of the application on the Society’s web site at www.cancer.org/ohioscholarship.