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2015-2016 Scholarship Winners

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our patient scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year:

Sage Chasen

Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA

Course of Study: Civil Engineering

“I am beyond grateful for this generous scholarship. Because of Scholarship for Survivors' generosity I am able to attend my college of choice. Aside from giving me money, this scholarship has also given me a new sense of self-confidence. This means so much to me and I cannot wait to give back what I have been given.“

Timothy Conners

Ithaca College Ithaca, NY

Course of Study: Humanities and Sciences

“The benefits I have received from the Patient Advocate Foundation scholarship are one's that I found aren't easily put into words. To start off, with the help of this scholarship, I am able to pay for more of my college career which means there is less of a burden on my parents who have already done so much for me. Not only that, but healthcare is something I know I will struggle with in the future so the less money I come out of college with in debt, the better equipped I'll be to deal with this issue in the future. Lastly, even without factoring in the money, the feelings of achievement I've gotten from receiving this scholarship alone are enough to reaffirm that I am going to go on and do great things, despite my life circumstances. If I had to sum up the benefits in one word, it would have to be blessed.”

Yosef Glaser

Bais Hamedrash & Mesivta of Baltimore

Course of Study: Religious Studies

“I would like to express my appreciation for the very kind and generous gift you have extended to me. I am very grateful that you have chosen me as the recipient of your Scholarship for Survivors.

I am planning to learn in a college in Baltimore, studying to become a rabbi or teacher of religious studies. Your grant will be a tremendous help towards relieving my financial burden, and it will enable me to focus and apply myself completely to my studies.

Thank you again for your generosity and thoughtfulness. You can be assured that I will use all of my capabilities to excel and eventually give back to others, ensuring the best use of the scholarship.”

Somer Greene

Occidental College Los Angeles, CA

Course of Study:  Nonprofit Management

“Receiving this scholarship from Patient Advocate Foundation means the world to me and my family. It not only gives me the opportunity to further my learning, but to stay focused on my education and career goals. This will be my last year at Occidental, and this scholarship serves as a reminder that I am supported in my pursuit of social justice as well as in my academic achievements. My experiences here at Occidental have made me realize how fortunate I am, and that this school is truly my home! With the help of this award, I can continue my passion for community action and awareness.”

Alexa Hickman

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, TN

Course of Study: Pediatrics

“My goals with this scholarship are to be able to continue to pursue my dreams of being a pediatric oncology nurse to help other cancer patients during their fight against cancer.

The benefits of this scholarship are tremendous for me. It will allow me to be able to continue my studies at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.“

Nathan Hertz

University of Texas at San Antonio

Course of Study:  Pre-Radiation Therapy

“My ultimate goal is to get into the Radiation Therapy program here at Texas State.  My other goal is to continue being involved on campus and with the different cancer organizations I participate in throughout the local community.  I have become an officer of CAMCOSO (the on campus cancer organization) Mentoring San Marcos, American Cancer Society, and LIVESTRONG.  My other goal is to continue working hard in my classes and maintain at least a 3.5 GPA.

I cannot be more thankful for being a recipient of the PAF Scholarship for Survivors scholarship.  The award has allowed me to spend more time reaching both my academic and social goals and become more involved with the cancer community.  I still work a job, but I have been able to work less hours thanks to PAF.  I am blessed to have such a great Foundation supporting me in my academic pathway.

When I first received the scholarship, my goal academically was to get a business degree of some sort and use it to get a job in the cancer community.  After doing my research and talking to several people, a degree in business wouldn't allow me to work with cancer patients and survivors personally as much as I would like.

In the fall of 2012, I was introduced to the Radiation Therapy program here at Texas State University and realized it would give me the best chance to make a difference in a cancer patient’s life.  I have since changed my course of study to Pre-Radiation Therapy, which will allow me to get all my basic medical studies completed so I can then apply for the Radiation Therapy program.  I now feel that I am on the right path academically to be able to achieve my dream to somehow make a difference in the cancer community.  I plan to apply for the program January 2015.  The program is two years long. If I am accepted the first year I apply, I will graduate May 2017.

Thanks again for the opportunity you have given me!”

Hanna Hughes

University of Minnesota, Duluth

Course of Study:  Psychology

“My academic goal is to complete my studies with a degree in psychology.  I then plan to attend graduate school so that I may become a psychologist.  The Patient Advocate Foundation scholarship has afforded me the opportunity to attend the college of my choice and the school that was the best fit for me.”

Kaela Johnson

VA Commonwealth University Richmond, VA

Course of Study: Pediatric Medicine 

Nancy Davenport-Ennis Scholarship Award ~ I am so appreciative to the Patient Advocate Foundation for awarding me the Nancy Davenport-Ennis Scholarship. It has truly afforded me the opportunity to attend the college of my choice, Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a tremendous financial help. More importantly, the scholarship has set me on the course to fulfill my dream of practicing pediatric medicine. This summer I entered VCU directly from high school as a sophomore majoring in interdisciplinary science with a concentration in health preparations. As a person diagnosed with sickle cell disease, I am excited about the sickle cell related research taking place at VCU and look forward to the opportunity to volunteer in the medical center and in the Richmond community. This scholarship helps me to show others with a chronic disease that they can be successful and achieve their dreams. My goal is to provide quality care to the very persons that PAF serves and I can’t thank you enough for believing in me.”

Kimberly Santo

University of Florida

Course of Study:  Psychology (Pre-Med)

“My goals this year are to continue on the pre-med track, become a more active part of the Gator community (by starting my own research project focusing on cancer research) and rushing a multicultural sorority.

Receiving this scholarship has allowed me to attend school over the summer and get caught up with all of my classes, thus allowing me to complete all that I wish to complete within a four year time span.”

Richard Suarez

Rowan University

Course of Study: Biology (Pre-Med)

“It is my goal to receive a 4.0 both semesters and at the very least keep my GPA above 3.7.
I am also striving to receive acceptance into an internship for next summer along with participation in shadowing with Penn and CHOP doctors this winter. Lastly, I am still hoping to play baseball for Rowan   University; even though I am still in treatment and recently underwent a bi-lateral hip replacement.

The funding PAF is providing is greatly appreciated and is a huge help with books and tuition this year.  I expect to complete my studies and walk for graduation in May of 2016.”

Coreyonna Welch

University of West Georgia

Course of Study: Nursing

“My goals throughout my academic career are basically to maintain A’s and stay focused.

One of the many benefits of receiving a scholarship from the Patient Advocate Foundation is that I am attending the college of my choice. I am honored because people do care about cancer survivors and those that have battled cancer. In the beginning, I didn’t know where the money was going to come from and now I am grateful to be one of the many recipients of the scholarship.

My course of study is nursing.  I want to help others just like the nurses who helped me.”

Alexandra Xifaras

Suffolk University: Boston, MA

Course of Study: Psychology

”Throughout my academic career I plan to challenge myself to new lengths. This fall I have set some short-term goals including; learning to pay closer attention and listen actively in class, I will also get involved and participate more during classes. Outside of the classroom I will strive to work even harder, I will stay organized, turn my assignments in on time, and always put forth my best effort. My long-term goal is to graduate college with my masters degree in psychology and then to continue my education and become a nurse practitioner.

I was very happy to learn I had been selected as one of the recipients of the Patient Advocate Foundation Scholarship. I am beyond grateful to have been chosen. This scholarship has given me the opportunity to go to college.”