Applications Being Accepted for Scholarship for Cancer Survivors

Applications are now being accepted for the Jeff Apodaca Celebration of Life Scholarship, awarded to two college-bound New Mexico students who have been treated for cancer at UNM Hospitals.


The $5,000 scholarship can be used for tuition and books. The scholarship will be awarded Sept. 13 at the annual Jeff Apodaca "Celebration of Life" gala fundraiser, benefiting UNM Children's Hospital. This year's event will be hosted by Governor Bill Richardson and First Lady Barbara Richardson at the New Mexico Governor's Mansion.


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 UNM Children's Hospital. Apodaca sponsors the annual fundraiser along with his family.


The Jeff Apodaca Celebration 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. 29.  Applications can be obtained by calling 505-272-1333, faxing 505-277-5687 or e-mailing


To be eligible for the Jeff Apodaca Celebration 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 Jeff Apodaca Celebration of Life Scholarship or how to apply, please call 272-1333.

Contact: Lynn Melton, 272-3322

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