Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults Awards College Scholarships to 26 Young Adults in 16 States

$65,000 in Scholarships Help Make Education Dreams Come True For Deserving Students Affected By Cancer

Baltimore, Maryland – July 17, 2014 – The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) today announced the recipients of their 2014-2015 College Scholarships.

UCF awards scholarships for higher education specifically for students affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or through the diagnosis of a parent or sibling. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, medical hardship, dedication to community service, commitment to educational and professional goals, and a demonstration of how the applicant has used their cancer experience to impact the lives of other young adults affected by cancer.

Key to Keys Scholarship 2014 WinnerUCF’s College Scholarship Program was founded in 1999 through an initial scholarship awarded in memory of Matt Stauffer to honor the spirit and courage Matt displayed during his battle with cancer.   Since it’s inception, the UCF scholarship program has awarded over 200 scholarships totaling over $560,000 to deserving young adults in all 50 states. This school year, UCF is proud to award 26 $2500 scholarships to recipients from 16 different states. Four of the 26 recipients are attending schools in our local Baltimore/Washington Metro area.


Shearer Scholarship 2014 WinnersBrock Yetso, President & CEO of UCF stated, “The opportunity to pursue higher education is one of the greatest gifts we can give to young people. We’ve been able to give this gift to over 375 young adults affected by cancer over the past 15 years. We’re excited to continue this commitment to serving the unique practical and financial needs of this population.”

A number of the scholarships, such as the Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Scholarship, have been established by families in memory of a loved one. During Jacqueline’s eleven and a half year battle with a recurrent brain tumor, she faced many challenges and hardships with courage and determination. This scholarship supports young adults who are currently undergoing active treatment for cancer while obtaining a degree in higher education or who have shown selflessness in supporting a parent or sibling through their cancer journey. The Shearer Family seeks to honor the applicant who best demonstrates courage, spirit, and determination in the face of cancer.

This year the Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Cory Owens from Pasadena, Maryland and Colton Smith from Stevensville, MD. Cory wrote, “Cancer has strengthened my relationships with family and friends. Throughout this whole experience there have been so many changes in life, both physically and mentally. But my family and friends have been constantly there for me through it all. They have been there on all the good days and more importantly, all the bad ones. They are my motivation to get better.” About his sister’s battle, Colton wrote, “[My sister] still seems to have that exact same smile on her face that I looked up to as a kid, and still do. The way I see it is if she can wake up with a smile on her face almost every single day, then so can I. At times when I think something is difficult or frustrating, I focus on what my sister has been through and use it as a motivation to succeed in anything I do.”

UCF received over 530 applications for the 2014-2015 College Scholarships. Next year’s application will be available online in Fall 2014 on UCF’s website, http://ulmanfund.org/scholarships.

If your family, company or organization is interested in supporting or starting a UCF scholarship, please contact Julie Lanahan at julie@ulmanfund.org.

The winners of the 2014-2015 Ulman Cancer Fund Scholarships are:

Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship:

Victoria Hartmann (24); Washington, DC

Satola Family Scholarship:

Lydia Renn (21); Charleston, SC

The Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Scholarship:

Colton Smith (17); Stevensville, MD

Cory Owens (19); Pasadena, MD

Sean Silver Memorial Scholarship:

Payton Davis (20); Charleston, IL

Maeve Zolkowski (20); Chicago, IL

The James and Patricia Sood Scholarship:

Molly Martin (19); Lake Oswego, OR

Bernice McNamara Memorial Scholarship:

Deborah Burgess (20); Gorham, ME

Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship:

Hershel Holiday (18); South Riding, VA

The Jill Weaver Starkman Scholarship:

Hanna Hughes (21); Rochester, MN

BOYAA (Baltimore) Scholarship:

Mark Zegowitz (37); Columbia, MD

BOYAA (DC) Scholarship:

Christina Giblin (32); Bethesda, MD

Perlita Liwanag Memorial Scholarship:

Kate McSpadden (29); Washingtion, DC

GBMC Scholarship:

Kara Taylor (18); Baltimore, MD

Doug Parker Memorial Scholarship:

Bo Oliver (16); Elkridge, MD

Lisa Higgins-Hussman Memorial Scholarship:

Rose Hahn (18); Eldersburg, MD

The Ryan Hanley Honorary Scholarship:

 Ahnaf Khan (18); Oak Park, CA

Rebecca Thomas Finley (18); Hilliard, OH

Riley Carswell (22); Bourbon, IN

Brian Amdur (18); Evergreen, CO

Chao Ji (21); Atlanta, GA

The John Hanley Memorial Scholarship:

Katrina Porzio (18); East Aurora, NY

Francesca Olguin (18); Phoenix, AZ

Talbot Morris-Downing (19); Iowa City, IA

Whitney Whitehill (18); Colorado Springs, CO

The Anne Smedinghoff Memorial Scholarship:

Nicholas Brandis (20); San Francisco, CA

About Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults:
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF), founded in 1997, is the national leader in providing specialized support for young adults affected by cancer. With nearly 70,000 young adults diagnosed every year, our organization helps young people fight the disease and navigate treatment by providing access to information, support groups, and other specialized programs. UCF Patient Navigation Programs have set a national standard and can be accessed remotely or through onsite Patient Navigators at a growing number of hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region. UCF changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship. For more information, please visit, www.ulmanfund.org.

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