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The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is committed to helping young adults continue their education after being affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one. Many scholarships offered by UCF share similar applicant criteria. Applicants need only submit one application, which will be considered for any and all scholarships for which the student applies and is eligible.
Applicants must have been between the ages of 15 and 39 during their own diagnosis/treatment or during the diagnosis/treatment of their parent or sibling.
Scholarship winners will be awarded a total of $2500 over two academic semesters. Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the scholarship recipient’s school. Each scholarship winner is obligated to organize and run a bone marrow registry drive with the support of Delete Blood Cancer and There Goes My Hero.
List of Offered 2017-2018 Scholarships
2014-15 Scholarship: BOYAA
The BOYAA wishes to recognize a Baltimore, MD or Washington, DC area resident who has battled cancer or selflessly supported a parent or sibling through their cancer experience. This award seeks to honor the applicant who has demonstrated courage, spirit, and determination, not only in the face of a cancer battle, but also in pursuing their own educational and professional goals. This award is for applicants who are seeking a professional or graduate level degree only.
2014-15 Scholarship: Jeffrey P. Meyer
“What an inspiration!” That’s the phrase most often used to describe Jeffrey Meyer for his courage, optimism, and perseverance. Jeff’s priority was always what he could do for others.
At the age of 32, a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST) – an atypical, but highly volatile manifestation of NF1, a disease he had since birth – was discovered in his hip. He endured extreme pain, many surgeries and chemotherapy trials. But up to the day he died, Jeff pushed his suffering aside and reached out in any way he could to help those less fortunate than him. While he lost his personal battle with this disease, he touched many people positively and tried to make their life richer and more fulfilling.
In his keynote address at Johns Hopkins Survivors Symposium in 2010, he advised, “Survivorship is as much about the journey as it is the finish line. And how you proceed on that journey will affect everything in the present, and the future. So stay positive, stay realistic, and have the courage to take control of your life. It will make all the difference in the world.” The Jeffrey P. Meyer Memorial Scholarship is available to a young adult who has cancer or is a cancer survivor and demonstrates these ideals.
2014-15 Scholarship: John Hanley
2014-15 Scholarship: Sean Silver
Sean Silver was a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, managing to obtain his degree while in extensive treatment for a rare from of Sarcoma named Chordoma. Sean studies focused on music journalism, combining his passions of music and writing into what he hoped would be a fruitful career as a rock journalist. While undergoing multiple surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy courses, he persevered to obtain his degree from Columbia at the age of 31. Less than a year after graduating from Columbia, Sean lost his battle on May 13, 2007.
The Sean Silver Memorial Scholarship Award is available to applicants who are degree seeking United States citizens, age 15-30 at the time of application. Applicants must be currently undergoing active treatment for cancer and reside in the Chicago, IL area.
2014-15 Scholarship: Olivia Marquart
The Olivia M. Marquart Scholarship was established in honor of a friend, sister, and daughter who continues to demonstrate strength and courage throughout her battle with Synovial Sarcomas in her lungs. The scholarship is awarded annually to a young adult who is either a cancer survivor or currently undergoing treatment. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and be a US citizen attending a college or university in the US. Olivia graduated college, before her diagnosis, with a degree in Early Childhood Education and planned to become a teacher. Therefore, the applicant must be pursuing a college degree, masters or Ph.D. in education. The applicant must reside in Pennsylvania.
Lost a Parent to Cancer
2014-15 Scholarship: Bernice McNamara
The Bernice McNamara Memorial Scholarship Award was established to support the financial needs of young adults who have lost a parent to cancer and are seeking higher education. A loving mother of seven children and a registered nurse, Bernice spent a lifetime helping others. Bernice was a graduate of the Boston College School of Nursing and for many years worked for various doctors, health clinics and volunteered at school systems in Central Massachusetts. In the later years of her nursing career she worked tirelessly for the Visiting Nurse Association caring for the elderly, the terminally ill and persons with disabilities even after being diagnosed with cancer. She was well-known in the community for her compassionate, caring personality and warm smile. In addition to her nursing career, she lovingly raised seven children making sure all were able to attend college. Unfortunately, Bernice lost her two year battle to ovarian cancer in 1997. She is remembered fondly by her children, her sisters and many other family and friends. It is in her compassionate spirit that her family has established this fund to provide assistance to an applicant whose family has been touched by cancer.
Survivor Or Parent/Sibling Diagnosed
2014-15 Scholarships: Anne Smedinghoff
The Anne Smedinghoff Memorial Scholarship was established in 2013 to honor 4K for Cancer 2010 Alum, Anne Smedinghoff. Anne was killed in Afghanistan in April 2013 while working as a State Department diplomat. An active member of the 2000 4K for Cancer San Francisco team, Anne embodied the spirit of the 4K – adventurous, upbeat, vivacious, and with the strong desire to make a difference in the lives of others. This scholarship is awarded to a young adult survivor, a young adult in active treatment, or a young adult affected by cancer through the diagnosis of a parent or sibling that exemplifies Anne’s qualities. It is awarded by Ulman Cancer Fund’s 4K for Cancer Team San Francisco during their summer cross-country journey.
2014-15 Scholarship: Doug Parker
The Doug Parker Memorial Scholarship was established in 2009 to support the financial needs of young adults in Howard County, Maryland who have been affected by cancer, and are seeking higher education. This award was established by the Parker family to continue Doug’s legacy and to honor the spirit of entrepreneurship, energy and determination that Doug Parker displayed during his life.
James & Patricia Sood Scholarship
The James and Patricia Sood Scholarship was founded in honor of a special couple, both teachers. It is awarded to a young adult student who is pursuing a degree and career in education
After serving as an engineer in the US Navy and then having a successful career in business, James went back to school to follow his passion – teaching. He spent many happy years as a Professor of International Business at American University, where he retired as Professor Emeritus in the 1990s.
When James met Patricia in 1958, she was a junior high school English teacher. Patricia’s father was an elementary school principal, her mother an elementary school teacher, and brother a high school teacher (who married another high school teacher). After “retiring” to have a family, Patricia returned to the classroom as a preschool teacher when her three children were grown.
Both James and Patricia were avid readers and travelers. They belonged to a number of organizations in their retirement years that fueled their own passion for learning, and they gave back as mentors to students in their community.
Both James and Patricia had cancer, but that fact did not define them in the least. They were positive people who always lived life to the fullest, and they were grateful for all of their blessings. They were married for over 50 years. As their daughter, I am proud to offer this scholarship in their honor.
Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Scholarship
The Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Scholarship is in honor of an amazing daughter, sister and friend who demonstrated courage and strength during her 11 and ½ year battle with a recurrent brain tumor. This scholarship is awarded through the Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Fund to a deserving young adult who is either a cancer survivor or has supported a family member through their cancer experience.
The applicant must be degree seeking, demonstrate financial need, and reside in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Jacqueline’s story and information about her fund is located here.
Jamie L. Roberts Memorial Scholarship
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults created the Jamie L. Roberts Memorial Scholarships to honor the memory of Jamie Roberts, whose life was tragically cut short when she was participating in the 4K for Cancer’s cross-country bike ride in the summer of 2014. Jamie had a larger-than-life personality, loved sports, and her energy and enthusiasm were infectious. Her last inspirational act – to join the 4K for Cancer’s cross-country ride and dedicate her journey to the family of a close friend – exemplifies how Jamie always put others before herself and wanted to do everything she could to make a difference.
These scholarships will be awarded annually by each of the 4K for Cancer teams (six in 2015) to young adults affected by cancer, either personally, or through the diagnosis of a loved one, and who embody Jamie’s infectious positive attitude, love of adventure and ability to inspire others to achieve higher goals.
2014-15 Scholarship: Jill Weaver Starkman
The Jill Weaver Starkman Scholarship is awarded to a young adult who has cancer or who has conquered it; or, to a young adult who has selflessly supported a brother, sister, mother , or father who has been diagnosed with cancer.
Jill Weaver Starkman was a loving mother of three and an accomplished professional horsewoman and trainer in San Luis Obispo, CA. She died of breast cancer in 2012. Jill’s family will remember that she embodied the spirit of adventure. She also had compassion and skill for communicating with humans and animals alike.
Jill’s daughter, Sophia, asked to honor her mother’s memory and her love of horses with this college scholarship. The scholarship helps support a young adult’s determination to persevere by pushing fear aside and finding the courage to “Get back on the horse.”
2014-15 Scholarship: John Duvall
The John Duvall Memorial Scholarship is in honor of a husband, dad, son, and friend who lost his battle with Ewings Sarcoma cancer at the young age of 38. His two sons were just 16 months and 5 years old at the time, and they are now young adults who want to honor their dad’s courage and positive attitude through the award of this scholarship. The degree-seeking applicant must be either a cancer survivor or has supported a family member through their cancer experience. Candidates must demonstrate financial need, and be enrolled in one of these four universities: University of Maryland, Towson University, Elon University, or the Savannah College of Art and Design.
2014-15 Scholarship: Lisa Higgins-Hussman
The Lisa Higgins-Hussman Foundation Scholarship Award is for a young adult between the ages of 15 and 35 who has been affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a parent/guardian or sibling. The applicant must be a permanent resident of Maryland, DC or Virginia.
2014-15 Scholarship: Marilyn Yetso
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults established the Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship to support the financial needs of a college student who has lost a parent to cancer or has a parent with cancer and who displays financial need. This $2500 competitive award seeks to honor the spirit, energy, and determination that Marilyn displayed during her life, her love for her family and friends, and her courageous battle with colon cancer. At the time of her passing in March 2000, Marilyn was a wife, a dedicated mother to five children and an unconditional friend to many.
Janet Margaret Freeman
Margaret Grace Freeman
Mary Barton Freeman Scholarship
The Mary Barton Freeman Scholarships were established to honor the life of Mary Barton Freeman who lost her life to Endometrial Cancer after a 3 year battle. She was a wife, sister and mother of 3 who enjoyed traveling, cooking, needlework, learning and living her life to the fullest. The scholarships were established by her family and friends to support young adults working towards their career and higher education goals.
2014-15 Scholarship: Perilta Liwanag
The Perlita Liwanag Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Perlita Liwanag who lost her life to pancreatic cancer. The purpose of this scholarship is to support the financial needs of a deserving young adult in the Washington, DC metro area (Maryland, Northern Virginia and DC) seeking higher education within the U.S.
2014-15 Scholarship: Satola Family
The Satola Family Scholarship Award was established in 2009 to support the financial needs of young adults who have been affected by cancer, and are seeking higher education. The Satola family wishes to recognize students who have battled cancer or have shown selflessness in supporting a loved one through their cancer experience. This award seeks to honor the applicant who best demonstrates courage, spirit, and determination.
The Satola Family Scholarship Award is available to applicants who are young adult cancer survivors diagnosed between the ages of 15-39 OR young adults who have lost a parent/guardian/sibling to cancer OR have a parent/guardian/sibling that has been diagnosed or undergoing treatment for cancer while they were a young adult. Candidates must be degree-seeking and United States citizens.
2014-15 Scholarship: Vera Yip
The Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship Award was established to support the financial needs of young adults who are impacted by cancer and seeking higher education. Vera was committed to promoting a love of learning and helped to inspire and empower others to pursue their personal, educational and professional dreams in the face of adversity. This award seeks to honor the applicant who best demonstrates the courage, determination, motivation and dedication that Vera displayed during her lifetime.
Vittoria Diana Ricardo Memorial Scholarship
Application Process Checklist
If you are interested in applying for any of the scholarships offered by The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, we ask that you follow our Application Process Checklist below. This will help guide you as you complete your online application.
- Click the “Apply Now” button to begin the application process. You will be directed to our online application.
- Click the “Register” button.
- During this process you will be required to set up a login and password (this information will be emailed to the address you enter). This login and password allows you to save your uncompleted application and return to complete it at your convenience.
- Be sure to provide responses to all applications questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- After you complete the first 5 sections of the application in their entirety, click the yellow ‘Submit Application’ button at the bottom of the page. This will filter the scholarships you are eligible for.
- Click on each scholarship you would like to apply for. Attach your completed essay form, physician verification form or death certificate as applicable. Please make sure your name is at the top of your essay. The essay prompt and physician verification form are available for download below.
- Send out your “Letter of Recommendation” request through the online site. You may edit the letter as needed. Be sure you have the correct email address. Questions the person who is writing your recommendation letter should reference can be found in the link below.
- Review and complete the eligibility requirements provided for each scholarship you select.
- You are able to return to the application, picking up at the point in which you left off to continue with any unanswered questions. You may save and edit as often as you wish prior to submitting your completed application by the deadline of March 15, 2017.
- When your application is finalized, submit the application by selecting the APPLY NOW button(s) per your scholarship selection(s) on the application site.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: UCF does not award scholarships to applicants whose parent/sibling was battling cancer when the applicant was a young child. To qualify, the applicant needs to have been at least 15 years of age while their parent/sibling was in treatment. Proof of age on the Physician’s Verification Form is required. If the parent/sibling has passed, the death certificate date is used.
A: No. Your online application will indicate if you qualify for multiple scholarships based on the initial questions in the questionnaire. You application will be applied to each scholarship you apply for.
A: Applicants must either be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents to be eligible to receive a scholarship.
A: You are eligible to apply if you are enrolled in online classes at an accredited college or university in the United States.
Q: My parent has passed away. Do I need to send in both a Physician’s Verification and a copy of the death certificate?
A: No. The date of the death certificate will be used to ascertain that the applicant fits the age requirement.
Q: The person whom I asked to write a recommendation letter wants to send it in separately from my application. Is that possible?
Additional Questions or Concerns?
If you have any other questions or concerns, please email the Scholarship Coordinator at email@example.com.
2016-2017 UCF Scholarship Winners