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ACS offers scholarships to youth cancer survivors (02/23/2006)

The American Cancer Society is taking applications in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota for the organization's 2006 Youth Scholarship Program aimed at young people who have been diagnosed with cancer. A limited number of scholarships, totaling $1000 per recipient, will be awarded to students enrolled in a college or tech/vocational school. All applications are due Wednesday, March 15, 2006. The awards will paid directly to the institution and will help offset Fall 2006 semester tuition costs.

"The Youth Scholarship Program gives young cancer survivors a chance to highlight the successes they've made in spite of their illness, while helping ease the financial burden associated with going to college or other post-secondary education," said Tiffany Carlson, American Cancer Society Patient Services Coordinator. "Last spring, we awarded 50 scholarships - double what we had donated in past years - and we look forward awarding eligible members of the Class of 2006 with this financial opportunity."

Applicants must:

*Be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 21 and currently under the age of 25.

*Be a legal resident of Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota or Wisconsin for at least one year.

*Be accepted to attend an accredited two to four year university or vocational/technical school.

*Have completed the application process.

Once a candidate has submitted an American Cancer Society Youth Scholarship application, a Program Volunteer Review Committee will select scholarship recipients on the basis of their commitment to academic or vocational goals, current financial need, leadership, and community service. Preference will be given to first- time scholarship applicants.

The American Cancer Society may use essays and photographs, in part, for future promotional material. For more information or to apply, please call 608.662.7581 or 1.877.423.9123, ext.7581 and ask to receive a grant application form for Youth Scholarships from the American Cancer Society-Midwest Division.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. For more information anytime, any day, call toll free 1.800.ACS.2345 or visit www.cancer.org. 

 

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