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Fort Lupton High School Graduate Receives Scholarship from Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Juan Arellano to Receive Support from World’s Leading Breast Cancer Organization after Losing His Mother to Breast Cancer
FORT LUPTON, CO – January 16, 2013 – Fort Lupton, CO, native Juan Arellano was recently selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to receive a college scholarship from Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s leading breast cancer organization. Juan plans to study architecture when he begins college this fall.
One of eleven children, Juan was unsure how his father would be able to provide for their family, much less finance his college education. During her life, Juan’s mother constantly urged him to always try his best in anything he did, especially in school. His mother’s advice, along with a desire to honor her memory, inspires Juan to focus on succeeding in school, currently maintaining a 4.095 GPA and ranked second in his graduating class.
“As people around here say, ‘Something good always comes out of something bad.’ Losing my mother made me a stronger person. I now know that I truly can accomplish anything as long as I have my family and my education,” Juan shared.
Juan will also spend 20 hours a semester volunteering on behalf of Komen and the fight against breast cancer. As captain of his school’s soccer team, Juan has already worked to raise awareness at his school and in his social networks by encouraging his teammates to wear pink on the field during October. He also plans to start speaking to his church’s youth group and his friends about the importance of early detection.
“A breast cancer diagnosis makes a significant impact not only in the life of the patient, but in the lives of loved ones,” said Komen founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker. “Losing a close family member to this disease, especially as a young adult, alters a person’s life forever. As these young people battle grief and uncertainty about the future, many individuals realize a passion to help others facing this disease as well. For Juan, losing his mother to breast cancer encourages him not only to strive for academic success, but also to educate more individuals about the risks of breast cancer, moving us all closer to a world without this dreadful disease.“
The Susan G. Komen College Scholarship Award Program is designed to ease the financial burden of undergraduate higher education for those who have lost a parent to breast cancer or received a personal diagnosis under the age of 25. Komen offers scholarships of $10,000 a year for up to four years. Recipients are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, financial need and demonstrated leadership potential. Honorees serve as representatives for Komen and the breast cancer movement within their communities and on their collegiate campuses. To date, more than 55 scholarships have been awarded.