The National Children’s Cancer Society Awards College Scholarships to Childhood Cancer Survivors

These young people are courageous and resilient. We want to do everything we can to help them attain that goal and pursue their careers

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and a fitting time to announce The National Children’s Cancer Society’s new class of Beyond the Cure Ambassador Scholarship recipients. From across the country, forty childhood cancer survivors receiving the scholarship will have one less thing to worry about as they head off to college. The program helps to ease the financial burdens of obtaining a degree so they can be one step closer to achieving their goals.

“College is a goal for many childhood cancer survivors,” said Mark Stolze, President and CEO of the NCCS. “These young people are courageous and resilient. We want to do everything we can to help them attain that goal and pursue their careers.”

First time applicants are required to write an essay about what survivorship means to them. Scholarship recipients are also required to volunteer their time and share their experiences with families affected by a childhood cancer diagnosis. Most recently, recipient Madelyn Giegling spoke at the Beyond the Cure Health Fair for childhood cancer survivors in St. Louis, MO.

“By sharing my story… I truly just wanted to reach out to people who are currently struggling in the battle against cancer,” she said. “I wanted to give [families] a reason to believe in the strength of their child, no matter how many odds are stacked up against them.”

Nineteen year-old Madelyn currently attends Truman State University as a sophomore in the nursing program and is a two-time Beyond the Cure Ambassador Scholarship recipient. She hopes to become a pediatric nurse practitioner in oncology, using her own experience as a childhood cancer survivor to help kids just like her. At only two years-old, she was diagnosed with a rare tumor known as ganglioneuroblastoma. She’s been in remission since childhood, but still careful monitors her health with annual checkups.

Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to fulfill their volunteer work requirement through the NCCS’ mentoring program, which pairs a scholarship recipient with a child currently in treatment. “The scholarship recipients…

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