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:
|University of Delaware
|University of Arkansas
|Columbus School of Law at Catholic University
|Marian University – College of Osteopathic Med.
|University of Pennsylvania
|Indiana University at Bloomington
|Texas A & M University
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
|Eastern Oklahoma State College
|Saint Joseph’s University
|Truman State University
|Azusa Pacific University
|University of Arizona
|Louisiana Tech University
|University of Michigan
|Eastern Mennonite University
|The University of Alabama
|Washington State University
|University of Utah
|University of St. Thomas
|University of Tennessee – Knoxville
|Rhode Island School of Design
|Savannah College of Art & Design
|University of California – San Diego
|Bluegrass Community & Technical College
|University of California
|Westminster College of Salt Lake City
|Old Dominion University
|Saint Mary’s College
|California State University
|Kennesaw State University
|University of California – Berkeley
|Saint Cloud State University
|Thomas Jefferson University
|Grand Canyon University
|California State University, Long Beach
|Bob Jones University
|University of Kentucky
|Grand Rapids Community College
|Arkansas Tech University
|Western Washington University
|Texas State University
|Missouri University of Science & Technology
|Brigham Young University
|University of Maine at Orono
|Grand Valley State University
|Brigham Young University
|University of Central Florida