Local cancer survivor awarded scholarship
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 3:23 pm
Press 6/3 – Lacey Darden-Ellis of Dresden has been awarded a $1,000 college scholarship by the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society.
Scholarships were awarded based on financial need, leadership, academic achievement and community service. To be eligible, candidates must be under 25, have had a cancer diagnosis before age 19 and be a Mid-South resident. Students must also have a GPA of at least 2.5 and been accepted to an accredited school.
“It is difficult for many families to afford the rising cost of a college education,” said Angel Strange, quality of life director for the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society. “For pediatric cancer survivors, it is even more difficult because of past treatment-related expenses.
The Mid-South Division’s College Scholarship program is designed to give these families some much-needed assistance in paying for college tuition.”
For the 2010-2011 academic year, the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society will award 223 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to young cancer survivors in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Floyd and Clark counties in Indiana.
Since the beginning of this program in 2001, more than 1,700 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each have been awarded across the Mid-South Division.
The American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. For more information, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.