WAKE FOREST — Ciera Jones of Wake Forest is one of 38 students from across the United States to be awarded a college scholarship from The National Children’s Cancer Society’s Beyond the Cure program. Jones is currently in graduate school at Liberty University.
The Beyond the Cure scholarship program was created to aid young survivors as they move forward with their lives after cancer.
“The scholarship recipients show all of us how to successfully turn a challenge into something positive,” said Mark Stolze, president and CEO of the NCCS. “The Beyond the Cure scholarship program is a vehicle to help these individuals move forward with their lives in a meaningful way.”
Scholarship applicants must be childhood cancer survivors living in the United States, under the age of 25 and diagnosed before the age of 18. The program is open to all childhood cancer survivors who currently attend or plan to attend an institution of higher education in the US.
Applicants are asked what advice they would give to other survivors entering their first year of college. According to Jones, “Overcoming their battle with cancer should be a motivating factor that influences them to go above and beyond. With hard work and determination they will be able to make it through college and graduate.”
To date, the scholarship program has awarded over $366,000 in scholarship money to childhood cancer survivors across the country.
Beyond the Cure was established to help childhood cancer survivors integrate the cancer experience into their lives. This includes educating survivors on the challenges that lie ahead and most importantly, to celebrate survivorship.
The National Children’s Cancer Society, headquartered in St. Louis, is a not-for-profit organization. For more information or details, call 314-241-1600 or visit theNCCS.org.