Dear Jack Foundation Announces Scholarship

The Dear Jack Foundation, which raises money for young adult cancer research, announced the creation of the The Dear Jack Foundation Scholarship on Wednesday, in which they’ll be partnering with Cancer for College. Recipients of the scholarship will receive $4,000 a year in financial aid to pay for school expenses.

To find out more about Dear Jack Foundation , Cancer for College, and the scholarship, click the link below.


March 20, 2013

A cancer diagnosis, at any age, is devastating. Individuals not only suffer physically, but mentally and financially as well. As a young adult, having cancer means that your plans for high school, college or starting a family could be completely derailed. Andrew McMahon (lead vocalist of the bands Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin) and Craig Pollard understand the challenges of being a young adult with cancer all too well. The two and the respective foundations have partnered to help change the life of one deserving young survivor by granting a college scholarship.

McMahon and his band Jack’s Mannequin had just embarked on their first U.S Tour when he received a diagnosis of Leukemia. After chemotherapy treatment and a successful stem cell transplant, McMahon was on the road to recovery with an understanding of just how difficult it is to be a young adult diagnosed with cancer. It became apparent to him that the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) demographic was far behind others in the areas of research, treatment and support. McMahon founded the Dear Jack Foundation in 2006 to advocate for and support organizations that are making an impact on young adults battling cancer.

Pollard was a two-time cancer survivor by age 19 and, like McMahon, recognized that there was a need for support and advocacy within the AYA demographic. Pollard founded Cancer for College in 1993 and has granted over $1.75 million in college scholarships to help cancer survivors get back on their feet and move on with their lives after cancer.

The Dear Jack Foundation has chosen to support Pollard’s vision by donating a $16,000 Perpetual Scholarship to one of Cancer for College’s 2013 scholarship applicants. The recipient of the Dear Jack Foundation Scholarship will receive $4,000 for four consecutive years of college. Both foundations are excited about the partnership and the opportunity to impact the life of a young adult who has battled cancer. “We are honored to receive this support from Andrew and the Dear Jack Foundation and we look forward to announcing the recipient of the DJF Scholarship in the coming weeks, ” said Pollard.

“We’re very excited to be working with Cancer for College,” added McMahon.  “Cancer treatment is incredibly expensive, often making it difficult for young adult survivors to afford college. The scholarships CFC provides make a huge impact in the lives of their recipients and we are honored to be able to collaborate with them.”

This year, Cancer for College will award nearly $130k in college scholarships to survivors from all over the U.S. The 2013 recipients will be announced this summer. To find out more about Cancer for College and how you can get involved, visit: www.cancerforcollege.org

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