A Long Time Ago...
I made a vow to make a difference

It should have been the time
of my life.  I was only 19 years old and lying in a hospital bed battling cancer for the second time in the span of four years. This horrible disease was taking away everything that was important to me. My friends, my baseball career and my college experience all seemed to be slipping away. I was tired and my muscles were weak.  I made a commitment that day that if I got well, I would make a difference.

Eventually, my body healed and the vision of what I needed to do began to take shape.  I visited Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times as a counselor.  It is a special place for seriously ill children and their families.  I immediately noticed that the kids were impressed that I, as a two-time cancer survivor, was able to go to college.

In speaking to the parents, I learned that college was virtually out of the question for most families dealing with this disease.  Cancer takes an incredible toll on family finances. Procedures, treatments and medications are often not covered by insurance and can wipe out a family’s savings in no time.  Big picture plans like college take a back seat to getting well.

During my senior year at the University of Southern California, I wrote a business plan for a non-profit corporation.  I called it Cancer for College and the goal was to raise scholarship dollars to assist cancer survivors in reaching their goal of a college education.

In 1993, we held our first event.  Twenty-four friends and family members got together to play some golf and we held a BBQ in our backyard.  We gave one $500 scholarship and that’s how Cancer for College was born.

Over the years, through generous support and private donations, we have continued to grow.  We now receive thousands of heart-touching stories of perseverance from young cancer survivors who want to share in the college experience.

Last year, Cancer for College staged five fundraising events and awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships to cancer survivors and amputees.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our mission.  I hope that that we will inspire you to help our amazing young people reach their dreams.

Thanks for your time,

Craig Pollard
Founder – Cancer for College

Cancer fo College Proudly Introduces  2014 Scholarship Recipients
After receiving hundreds of applications around the country, Cancer for College is proud to introduce its 2014 scholarship recipients.

While every candidate had an inspirational story of survival and we wish we could assist every applicant, the following individuals were selected by the scholarship committee.

All scholarships are contingent on final confirmation of university enrollment and submission of student ID number.

Perpetual Scholarship Recipients

Bailey Quishenberry        
Loma Linda, CA         
University of California Riverside   
Survivor, Astrocytoma Brain Tumor

Grant White    
Ventura, CA    
UC Irvine        
Survivor, Osteosarcoma

Rachael Gottes    
Whittier, CA
Survivor, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia

Kashannah Manawis        
Honolulu, HI     
University of San Diego
Survivor, Acute Myeloid Leukemia

One-Time Scholarship Recipients

Karina Nieto

Northwestern School of Medicine
Survivor. Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Tevin Patby
Paterson, NJ
Manfield University
Survivor, Non-hodgkin's lyumphoma

Katrina Polivka
Georgetown, TX
University of Texas
Survivor, Colon Cancer

$2,000 One Time Scholarship
Lynne Bowman
Denton, TX
University of North Texas
Survivor, Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma

Isabella Corcelli
North Provence, RI
Rhode Island College
Survivor, Synovial Cell Sarcoma

Caleb Correll
Cincinnati, OH
Northern Kentucky University    
Survivor, T-Lymphoblastic Lymphoma

Alexander Murph
Oakmont, PA
Bucknell University
Survivor, Ewing's Sarcoma

Kristin Schindler
Caldwell, NJ
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Survivor, Hodgkins Lymphoma
Richard Suarez
Voorhees, NJ
Rowan University
Survivor, High Risk Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Taylor Helland
Arlington, TX
Texas Christian University
Survivor, Colon Cancer

Lauren Alfino
Highlands Ranch, CA
Nova Southeastern University
Survivor, Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Helen Montie
Amherst College
Lincoln, MA
Survivor, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

David D'Arville
Richmond, VA
Temple University

India Dunning     
Grand Rapids, MI
Howard University
Survivor, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Philip Hathcock    
Olmsted Falls, OH
Baldwin Wallace University
Survivor, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Stage IV-B

Sanan Mehserdjian
Tujunga, CA
Loyola Marymount University
Survivor, Ewing's Sarcoma

$1,000 One Time Scholarship
Jose Guevara
Los Angeles, CA    
California State University,
Los Angeles
Survivor, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Geoffrey Martello
Medway, MA    
Survivor, Pilocytic astrocytoma

Kandis Guice    
Rocky Face, GA
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga    
Survivor, Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia

Aimee Hastings
Littleton, NH
Survivor, Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Dominick Sarappa
Rockaway, NJ
University of Rochester
Survivor, Lymphoma & Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Julia Thurber
Keller, TX
LeTourneau University
Survivor, Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Linh Nguyen
Arlington, TX
University of Texas at Arlington
Survivor, Leukemia

Alexa Grunwaldt
West Allis, WI
pending school acceptance
Survivor, Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Carrie Turner
Weston, GA
Georgia Southwestern State University
Survivor, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Kaelyn Ibold
Jacksonville, FL
Tracie Gadler
La Mesa ,CA
Duke University    
Survivor, Fibrosarcoma

Mary Huddleston
Farmville, VA    
Virginia Tech
Survivor, Ewing's Sarcoma

Zachary Stanczyk
Howards Grove, WI
Marian University
Survivor, Leukemia and Osteosarcoma

Aubury Erickson
Winter Haven, FL
pending school information       
Survivor, Nodular Sclerosing Hodgkin's Lymphoma

William Bone
Dickson, TN 37055
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Survivor, Brain tumor/Ganglioglioma

Emily Whapham
Marlborough, MA
Boston College
Survivor, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Dalton Bouchles        
pending school information
Rachel Ragone    
Manorville, NY
Fordham University
Survivor, Ewing's Sarcoma

Alexandra  Xifaras
Fairhaven, MA
Boston University
Survivor, Wilms Tumor

Jordan Smith
Alpine, UT
LDS Business College
Survivor, Pilocytic Astrocytoma

Conrad Adam
Pierre, SD
University of South Dakota
Pilocytic Astrocytoma Metastatic Osteosarcoma

Trevor Baer
Palmdale, CA
UC Davis
Survivor, Osteosarcoma

Austin Richards    
Kissimmee, FL
University of South Florida
Survivor, Ewing's Sarcoma

Brandon Thomas
Dearborn, MI
University of Michigan-Dearborn
Survivor, Non-Hodgkin's Burkitt's Lymphoma

Ashley Snyder    
Sarasota, FL
Nova Southeastern University
Survivor, B-Cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Alexis Quance    
Fredericksburg, VA
Christopher Newport University        
Survivor, High-risk AML with MDS

Michael Spada
Las Vegas, NV
Holy Cross University
Survivor, Burkitt's Lymphoma

for cancer survivors seeking a career in music

Kaylee Sigfried
Rockledge, Florida
Florida Atlantic University
Survivor, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Bianca Muniz
New York
pending confirmation of school information


Jacklyn Balliot - Perpetual Scholarship Recipient
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Studying Biology
Survivor: Osteosarcoma

$3000 One-Time Scholarship

Sarah McNeil

Wingate University
Studying Psychology
Survivor: Osteosarcoma

Whitney Johnson
UNC Greensboro
Studying Nursing
Survivor: Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Anna Kellner
UNC Wilmington
Studying Marine Biology
Survivor: Soft Cell Synovial Sarcoma

Jacob Barringer
UNC Charlotte
Survivor: Burkitt Syndrome

Michelle Cone
Harvard University
Computer Science
Survivor: Osteosarcoma

Asja McCullough
University of South Carolina
Studying Biology


Megan Meadows
Studying Spanish/International Health
Survivor: Papillary Carcinoma

Justin Smathers
Mercy School of Nursing
Survivor: AML Leukemia

Ashley Wells
Miller-Motte College
Studying Medical Clinic Assisting
Survivor: Ewing Sarcoma

Bradley Stanley
Savannah School of Art & Design
Studying Animation & Game Development
Survivor: Myelodysplasia; Langerhans Histiocytosis

Wade Holloman
University of Southern California
Studying Drama/Theater
Survivor: Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia

Megan Richards
Gardiner-Webb University
Studying Nursing
Survivor: Brain Tumor

Kenna Holtzclaw
Wingate Universtiy
Studying to be a Physician's Assistant
Survivor: Acute Myelogenous Leukemia

Cody Trivette
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Studying Computer Science
Survivor: Rhabdomyosarcoma

Pacific Northwest Scholarship Recipients

One-time $3,000 scholarship
Samantha Loch
Everett, WA

Western Washington University
Survivor, Medulloblastoma

One-Time $2,000 scholarship
Robert Lisac
Central Florida College of Medicine
Survivor, Leukemia

Luke Beardemphl
Tacoma, WA
Gonzaga University
Survivor, Hodgkins Lymphoma

Sarah Florig
Wilsonville, OR
Portland College Nursing School
Survivor, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

One-Time $1,000 scholarship
William Easland
Dana Point, CA
Eastern Washington University
Survivor, FLL, FJC

Kristine Saephanh
Portland, OR
Portland College
Hodgkins Lymphoma

Molly Modeste-Martin
Lake Oswego, OR
Pylocytic Astro Cytoma
Santa Clara University

Joshua Walker
Rexburg, ID
Germinoma Brain Tumors

Mitchell Xayaprasueth
Anchorage, Alaska
Portland College
Hodgkins Lymphoma

Ryan Clarke
Olympia, WA
Montana State University

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