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August 24, 2011

Media Contact: Jennifer Stephens
The National Children's Cancer Society


Childhood Cancer Survivors Win Scholarships from The National Children’s Cancer Society


SAINT LOUIS, MO – Thirty-two students from across the United States have been awarded college scholarships from The National Children’s Cancer Society’s (NCCS) Beyond the Cure Scholarship Program.

The program provides financial assistance to young adults as they move forward with their lives after cancer. This support helps empower young survivors to achieve their educational, professional and personal goals.

Scholarship applicants must be childhood cancer survivors living in the United States, under the age of 25 and diagnosed before the age of 18. Applicants are asked to write an essay explaining how cancer has impacted their life and future. The program is open to all childhood cancer survivors who currently attend or plan to attend an institution of higher education in the US.

"The NCCS recipients show all of us how to successfully turn a challenge into something positive," said Mark Stolze, president and CEO of the NCCS. "The Beyond the Cure Scholarship Program is a vehicle to help these individuals move forward with their lives in a meaningful way."

To date, the scholarship program has awarded over $241,000 in scholarship money to childhood cancer survivors across the country. This year, the Beyond the Cure Scholarship Program awarded scholarships totaling $100,000. The NCCS is deeply grateful to Sue and Irl Engelhardt, the Engelhardt Family Foundation, the Dana Brown Charitable Trust, the Energizer Charitable Trust, the ADM Foundation and the Davison Bruce Foundation for their generous support of the Beyond the Cure Scholarship Program.

The 2011 scholarship winners span the country and include:

Engelhardt Scholars
Elizabeth Allen – Norfolk, MA
Jackson Allison – San Luis Obispo, CA
Vince Ancona – Albuquerque, NM
Amanda Archibong – Sugar Land, TX
Cassie Bess – Poteau, OK
Ashley Dobbs –Gallatin, TN
Malori Evans – Mobile, AL
Davis Gastelum – Irvin, CA

Kelsey Gillis – Scottsdale, AZ
Jenna Heim – Simi Valley, CA
Hillary Husband – Deridder, LA
Ciera Jones – Wake Forest, NC
Kati Ledall – Fort Collins, CO
Andrew MacKinlay – Norwell, MA
Jana Madanick-Weiss – Norwood, MA
Jacob Martell – Stillwater, MN
Mary McKee – Roxana, IL
Benjamin Melancon – Eunice, LA
Margaret O’Neill – Williston Park, NY
Josh Ortega – Arlington, TX
Julie Pepitone – Skippack, PA
Phillip Ribbeck – Houston, TX
Steffany Royal – Salado, TX
Jennifer Toth – Vienna, VA
John Wiest – Salt Lake City, UT

Dana Brown Scholars
Cole Burke – Tulsa, OK
Alexia Chopp – Grafton, WI
Sarah Fruendt – Charlotte, NC
Alexandra Timmer – Scottsdale, AZ

Energizer Scholars
Catherine Longo – Morrisville, NC
Chase Meacham – Columbus, OH
Amillya Naeger – Ste. Genevieve, MO

Beyond the Cure (BTC) was established to help childhood cancer survivors integrate the cancer experience into their lives. This includes educating survivors on the challenges that lie ahead and most importantly, to celebrate survivorship.

The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is a not-for-profit organization that is committed to improving the quality of life for children diagnosed with cancer and their families worldwide. The NCCS serves as a financial, emotional and educational resource for those in need at every stage of illness and recovery. For more information or details, call 314-241-1600 or visit