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The National Children’s Cancer Society

The National Children’s Cancer Society Celebrates 10th Anniversary of College Scholarship Program with Largest Class Yet

The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) is celebrating the 10-year milestone of the Beyond the Cure Ambassador Scholarship program by helping even more childhood cancer survivors attend college.

With great appreciation, the NCCS received a matching grant from the Centene Charitable Foundation and the Engelhardt Family Foundation. Thanks to this generous grant, a record number of young cancer survivors were provided tuition assistance with 58 scholarships granted.

“The Beyond the Cure program is meaningful in an abundance of ways. It isn’t just helping childhood cancer survivors financially. They commit to helping support our mission in exchange for the award. It ends up being a full circle starting with the NCCS extending support to childhood cancer survivors, then in turn, the survivors enrich the childhood cancer community even further,” said Julie Komanetsky, VP of Patient & Family Services.

Each awardee is required to provide some form of service to the NCCS or the childhood cancer community. There are several ways that recipients serve including mentoring younger cancer patients, raising awareness of childhood cancer and the NCCS, and fundraising.

“I relished the opportunity to talk with my mentee each week,” shared one recipient. “It helps me to reflect on my health and other blessings while sharing my insights with a young survivor.”

Since the scholarship program’s inception, 370 scholarships have been awarded and more than $1 million has been awarded to childhood cancer survivors attending college.

In addition to scholarships Beyond the Cure focuses on life after cancer. The program helps educate survivors on the issues they may face, sponsors survivorship conferences across the country and gives survivors the opportunity to connect with each other. The program also offers a Late Effects After Treatment Tool (LEATT) that provides a personal summary of potential late effects to survivors.

“No matter what field is chosen, I am always proud and grateful to lead an organization that can walk alongside these tenacious young adults as they set off for school. But it is worth noting that I often see a special quality in so many, that they want to give back to others and choose paths toward jobs that make a difference,” said Mark Stolze, President and CEO of the NCCS.

The 2018-2019 scholarship recipients are from numerous states and will collectively attend 56 universities across the country. They are as follows:

Colby Atkinson University of Delaware
Amanda Bogart University of Arkansas
Harrison Bond Vanderbilt University
William Brennan Columbus School of Law at Catholic University
Carly Chapman Marian University – College of Osteopathic Med.
Farah Contractor University of Pennsylvania
Elias Coulas Miami University
Olivia Diddlebock Indiana University at Bloomington
Jacob Dominguez Texas A & M University
Anthony Dowd University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kendrie Escoe Eastern Oklahoma State College
Brianna Gansert Saint Joseph’s University
Madelyn Giegling Truman State University
Kristen Glavee Azusa Pacific University
Ana Gonzalez University of Arizona
Savannah Green Louisiana Tech University
Sarah Greenwald University of Michigan
Nicole Guenthner Washington University
Luke Hertzler Eastern Mennonite University
Reagan Hollister The University of Alabama
Cade Johnson Lamar University
Emma Lande Washington State University
Morgan Matthews University of Utah
Miranda Mead University of St. Thomas
Madison Merrifield University of Tennessee – Knoxville
Amara Merritt Rhode Island School of Design
Mariah Michalowski Savannah College of Art & Design
Ali Nedved Bluegrass Community & Technical College
Brycen Newman University of California
Grace Padilla Westminster College of Salt Lake City
Gabriella Palasthy Old Dominion University
Emma Paulson Saint Mary’s College
Ashley Persson California State University
Sarah Pierce Stanford University
Dasmine Powell Kennesaw State University
Halle Redfearn University of California – Berkeley
Mitchell Rice Saint Cloud State University
Rebecca Schuck Thomas Jefferson University
Cassidy Scruggs Grand Canyon University
Benjamin Seeley Chapman University
Zachary Sherwood California State University, Long Beach
Abigail Spendlove Bob Jones University
Riley Steiner Miami University
Taegan Strain University of Kentucky
Nathan Syrek Grand Rapids Community College
Catherine Terry Occidental College
Sophia Tilley Arkansas Tech University
Kaylee Troxel Union University
Jacob Waldron Syracuse University
Meghan Walker Western Washington University
Gillian Weigel Texas State University
William Weishaar Missouri University of Science & Technology
Bethany Wells Brigham Young University
Addison Woods University of Maine at Orono
John Worm Grand Valley State University
Megan Wynne Brigham Young University
Tyler Youtz University of Central Florida


About The National Children’s Cancer Society:

The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) tirelessly and compassionately supports families making their way through the daunting world of childhood cancer. With over 35 years of experience serving over 49,000 children with cancer, the NCCS has become a master navigator of this world, helping families get where they need to be – physically, financially, and emotionally – to give them hope and to give their children the best possible shot at survival.

With the help of compassionate donors, the NCCS has distributed over $71 million in direct financial assistance to families in the United States. This allows the NCCS to take a clear path through the complexities of childhood cancer and survivorship to help families stay strong, stay positive, and stay together. Because no family should go through childhood cancer alone.™