"I still cannot thank Susan G. Komen for the Cure enough for this scholarship. I am so appreciative and honored to represent such a positive foundation, and I only hope to continue to learn and grow through the rest of my college career."-- Kristin Wheeler, 2008-2012 Komen Scholarship Recipient
In 2001, Susan G. Komen for the Cure established the college scholarship program to help students who would find attending college to be a significant financial burden due to the loss of a parent or guardian to breast cancer or their own breast cancer diagnosis at age 25 or younger. The award is a generous scholarship of $10,000 a year for up to four years to attend a state university in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree.
Scholarship recipients are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, financial need and demonstrated leadership potential. Scholarship recipients serve as Komen Ambassadors, engaging their campuses and social networks in raising breast cancer awareness by participating at local Race for the Cure events and volunteering with a local Affiliate.