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Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Names 2010 College Scholarship Recipients
Four Promising Students are Supported by World’s Largest Breast Cancer Organization After Losing a Parent to the Disease
DALLAS – June 7, 2010 –
After seeing a parent battle breast cancer and ultimately lose the fight, four deserving undergraduate students receive scholarships from Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists.
The Susan G. Komen College Scholarship Award Program offers $10,000 a year for up to four years to ease the financial burden of undergraduate higher education for families who have lost a loved one to breast cancer. Recipients are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service and participation, financial need and demonstrated leadership potential. These individuals also serve as emissaries for Komen for the Cure and the breast cancer movement within their social networks and collegiate campuses.
The 2010 college scholarship recipients are:
Gramer was 14 when her mother passed away from breast cancer. She worked two jobs while completing high school to help pay off debt from medical expenses and maintained an exemplary grade point average. Gramer says her ultimate goal in life is to make her mother proud.
After losing her mother, Gramer began participating in breast cancer awareness activities, including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®. She also spent time in Mexico and Peru doing mission work and has been involved in community service projects like Habitat for Humanity. This disease is personal for Gramer and she has dedicated her life to being an advocate for breast cancer awareness.
Gramer will begin her freshman year at Texas A&M University in fall 2010 and plans to study business education.
, Virginia Beach, Va.
Llewellyn’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was just four years old, passing away in 2005. Catherine aspires to follow in the footsteps of her strong-willed, intelligent and courageous mother.
Beginning at a young age, Llewellyn has made donations to Locks of Love and after her mother’s death this became increasingly important and meaningful to her. She has shared her experiences with breast cancer through public speaking and has participated in breast cancer awareness activities in her community.
Llewellyn says she can’t change what happened to her mother, but she can control how she reacts to it; she feels compelled to give back any way she can.
Llewellyn will begin her freshman year at Virginia Tech University in fall 2010 and plans to study psychology.
, Granby, Conn.
Mannix’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was 15 and sadly lost her battle to the disease in July 2009, just before the start of Mannix’s senior year. Mannix quickly learned to become independent and self-reliant by managing his own busy schedule, including participation in varsity basketball, soccer and lacrosse where he served as team captain.
He comes from a small community that provided support during what he calls an unbearable situation. Mannix says one of the most important things his mother taught him is the importance of offering and accepting help.
Mannix will begin his freshman year at the University of Connecticut in fall 2010 and plans to study mechanical engineering.
Mon Yuck Yu
, Brooklyn, N.Y.
After fighting breast cancer for two years, Yu’s father lost his battle with the disease. Despite her loss, Yu felt compassion for other families who faced tough times. She volunteered much of her time at community institutions like the Chinese-American Planning Council Summer Program and the American Red Cross.
Her first year of college proved difficult and financial stress weighed heavily on her family. Yu often found herself traveling fourteen hours roundtrip to aid her mother in translating mail and legal documents, all while maintaining her studies and job.
Yu will begin her sophomore year at New York University (NYU) in fall 2010 and continue her studies in anthropology. She joins two other Komen College Scholarship Award Recipients at NYU and intends to share awareness with the male and ethnic populations on her campus and in her community.
Komen for the Cure will open applications for the 2011-2012 College Scholarship Awards in late 2010. Students may apply online at
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