Union City cancer survivor awarded $1,000 scholarship
The Messenger 05.09.08
Once the cancer battle is beaten, life definitely goes on. And for a youthful cancer survivor, that future may well include college.
Such is the case for Union City High School senior Jay Burnett, 18-year-old son of David and Shane Burnett of Union City.
To help him and students like him realize their academic goals, the American Cancer Society — the same organization that seeks to find cures for the disease — makes available college scholarships to young cancer survivors.
Residents of Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky and Louisiana and of Flye and Clark counties in Indiana are eligible to apply for the scholarships if they are U.S. citizens and have had a diagnosis of cancer before the age of 21.
Applicants must be under 25 at the time they complete the paperwork for the assistance and must have been accepted without condition at an accredited school.
Burnett, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma stage 3-A in September of 1997, and is now in remission, received a $1,000 scholarship for the upcoming academic year. He will be a student at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and plans to major in pre-pharmacy.
He is treasurer of the Beta Club, as well as an Honors student at UCHS.
Anyone who is interested in the scholarship program and who meets the criteria may contact the American Cancer Society at (800) ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org for an application packet.
Burnett became aware of the scholarship when his guidance cousnelor, Winnie Logan, announced it to the student body.
Since the program began in 2001, more than 1,300 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 per year have been awarded across the Mid-South Division. Funding for this effort comes, in part, from the American Cancer Society memorial program and from events such as an upcoming local golf tournament.
Golf lovers who would like to assist the American Cancer Society in their work may be interested in the Scotty McCullar Memorial Golf Championship planned for Aug. 15 at Wingfoot Golf Course in Union City at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. complex.
This will be a four-person scramble format and all proceeds will support the American Cancer Society’s mission.
For more information or an entry form, call (731) 571-2390 or (731) 512-5017. Those interested may also fax an inquiry to (731) 664-7858.
For cancer information 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call (800) ACS-2345 or visit the Web site www.cancer.org.
Since September, 74 delivered services have been provided by the American Cancer Society for patients in Obion County, according to a spokesman, who said that number increases each month.
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