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ACS offers scholarships for young survivors

Young cancer survivors preparing for higher education may be eligible for scholarships from the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society.
The Society’s Mid-South Division will award $1,000 scholarships to eligible individuals who have fought cancer and are attending an accredited university, college or vocational/technical school.
Awards for the 2010-2011 academic year will be announced in April 2010.
“Childhood cancer survivors have faced incredible challenges,” said Angel Strange, quality of life director for the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society. “Awarding these scholarships is our way of helping the students to build a promising future.”
To be eligible, applicants must be under 25, have had a cancer diagnosis before age 19 and be a resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, or Floyd or Clark counties in Indiana and a United States citizen.
Candidates must also have a GPA of at least 2.5 or GED equivalent and been accepted to an accredited school.
Since 2001 the American Cancer Society Mid-South Division has provided more than 1,500 college scholarships to childhood cancer survivors.
Through this program, the American Cancer Society has invested more than $1.5 million back into our local communities.
Applications must be postmarked on or before February 1, 2010, for consideration for the upcoming academic year.
Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, leadership, academic achievement and community service.
For more information on the scholarship program or to obtain an application, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org/midsouthnews.