Applications are now being accepted for the Don Chalmers FordCelebration of Life Scholarship, awarded to a college bound New Mexico student who has been treated for cancer at UNM Hospitals.

Sponsored by Don Chalmers Ford, the $5,000 scholarship can be used for tuition and books. The scholarship will be awarded Sept. 7 at the annual Jeff Apodaca "Celebration of Life" gala fundraiser, benefiting the Pediatric Oncology department at Children's Hospital of New Mexico.

Twenty-three years ago at the age of 17, Jeff Apodaca won the battle against a rare and malignant form of soft muscle sarcoma with the help of Children's Hospital of New Mexico. Apodaca, who now lives in Los Angeles, and his family sponsor the annual fundraiser.

The Don Chalmers FordCelebration of Life scholarship celebrates the bright future of kids like Jeff who have battled for their lives and want to pursue their education and careers.

Application forms must be completed by Aug. 9. Applications can be completed online at: www.donchalmersford.com/scholarships or in person at Don Chalmers Ford, located at 2500 Rio Rancho Boulevard SE. Applications can also be obtained by going to http://hospitals.unm.edu, clicking on "Supporting UNM Hospitals" and then clicking on "Scholarship."

To be eligible for the Don Chalmers FordCelebration of Life scholarship, applicants must be attending a New Mexico school of higher education, provide proof of treatment for cancer at UNM Hospitals, be a New Mexico resident and meet the entrance requirements for their school of choice. The winner must also be able to attend the "Celebration of Life" gala fundraiser.

For more information on the Don Chalmers FordCelebration of Life scholarship or how to apply, please call 277-5685.
Contact: Lynn Melton, 272-3322