Gilda’s Club and CCKMA are teaming up to once again present the Cancer Kickin’ Scholarship. Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students impacted by cancer – whether it is themselves, a parent, sibling, other relative or friend with the diagnosis.
Students must be current high school juniors/seniors or currently in their first or second year of college to apply. Applicants must reside in Scott, Rock Island, Muscatine County or Henry County.
Application submissions are due February 13, 2017. Scholarship forms are available online at CancerKickinScholarship.com, at Gilda’s Club (1234 East River Drive, Davenport) or by calling Kelly Hendershot at (563) 326-7504.
Recipients will be recognized on April 8, 2017 at the 10th Annual CCKMA Event. Recipients will be chosen by a panel of celebrity judges:
- Greg Dwyer, Dwyer and Michaels Morning, 97x
- Denise Hnytka, Co-Anchor, News 8 WQAD
- John Marx, Columnist, The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus
- Jaryn Franklin, Miss Illinois
“Dealing with cancer, at any age, is an emotional whirlwind,” said Kelly Hendershot, Program Manager. “For children and teens, it can unleash a storm of emotions, questions, and unexpected discoveries. We want to hear about those experiences.”
Applicants will enroll in an undergraduate course of study during the 2017-2018 (or 2018-2019 if applying as a high school junior) school-year at an accredited two or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school in the U.S.
Scholarship recipients are eligible to re-apply each year they are eligible. Applications must be completed each year and submitted to the scholarship committee.
CCKMA’s founder, Angie DeWilfond, died in July 2015 after living eight years with ovarian cancer, followed by leukemia.
“Angie wanted to give back to the local community that has supported and given so generously to CCKMA through various fundraiser events each year,” said CCKMA President Todd DeWilfond. “So we are now working with Gilda’s Club to make this dream of Angie’s a reality with the Cancer Kickin’ Scholarship.”
About Gilda’s Club
Free of charge, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities provides support, education and hope to all people affected by cancer. As a Cancer Support Community affiliate, we are part of the largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals in the United States. Our global network brings the highest quality cancer support to the millions of people touched by cancer.
Angie DeWilfond, founder of CCKMA, was diagnosed with stage 3C ovarian cancer in 2007. The wife and mother of two young kids decided not to let Cancer Kick Her A..! In 2008, she held a small get together with friends and the support was so overwhelming that an annual fundraising event was held each year after that for much needed research funds. This annual event brings cancer survivors along with their family and friends to celebrate life. It is also an evening of tribute to those we have lost to cancer.