Meet Our Scholars

Scholar Stories

Our scholarship recipients are insightful and inspiring. Read their award-winning essays to learn more about them and their individual journey.

Scholarships Awarded

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childhood cancer recipients

Aspen Heidekrueger

Aspen Heidekrueger

"I survived, and that means I now have the potential to not only live, but to truly thrive. I’m a survivor, and to me this means that I was broken and then repaired with gold."
Ryan Hardy

Ryan Hardy

"Looking back on my experiences, I feel that I have been given a unique opportunity to help kids going through similar situations."
Danielle Hallworth

Danielle Hallworth

"Survivorship is the memory of hunger. The hunger for life, for one more day, one more smile, one more embrace, just one more. When your body fails, all you have left to hold on to is your desperate hunger for me. Until you are filled."
Sarah Greenwald

Sarah Greenwald

"If it weren’t for others helping me conquer my battle with leukemia when I was a young child, I would not be here today. I believe my purpose is to spread light and joy in that environment that is so scary."
Savannah Green

Savannah Green

"Survivorship should not be based on living or dying. Survivorship should be based on how hard you fight the cancer when you are living."
Kendrie Escoe

Kendrie Escoe

"I am embracing my life whole-heartedly, and chasing my survivorship with both hands, holding on for the ride, and ready to tackle whatever comes my way."
Jacob Dominguez

Jacob Dominguez

"While it is true that not all cancer patients overcome the disease, it is true that we are all survivors, for we all fought and will fight to the end."
Lydia Crumpler

Lydia Crumpler

"Now my idea of survivorship is to take the experiences developed during my cancer battle and turn them into positive, driving aspects that guide my life."
Elias Coulas

Elias Coulas

"Cancer survivorship has blessed me in many ways. I have the ability to enjoy the little things in life that many people take for granted."
Ciristen Neal

Ciristen Neal

"The moment I became a survivor, I took the initiative to heal, and educate myself about cancer and how to fight it."
Isabella LeKander

Isabella LeKander

"Life is too short to sit around waiting, and if I can inspire others with my story to take life by the horns, I will. I want to help others see the world from my unique perspective as a survivor."
Abigail Lamm

Abigail Lamm

"Survivorship means living and fighting every day for myself, those who have lost the fight, and those fighting."
Meaghan Kilner

Meaghan Kilner

"I realized that this was what survivorship meant: working for not only your survival and quality of life, but also for the survival and quality of life for all cancer patients."