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Education Scholarship

StringsforaCURE is offering a $1,000 Educational Scholarship intended to help a student from an Erie County, PA high school, charter school or home school that has been touched by a breast cancer diagnosis.

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:

  •  Must have a family member / legal guardian who is a breast cancer survivor or must have lost a family member / legal guardian to breast cancer. When the winner of the scholarship is selected, the student and family member / legal guardian or family representative will need to verify that all information submitted is true.
  •  Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident of the U.S. and a full-time resident who lives within a 60-mile radius of Erie, PA.
  • Must be a senior graduating in May/June 2017 from an Erie County PA high school, charter school or home school.
  •  Must be attending a post graduate institution full time starting in the fall of 2017 (college or trade school).
  •  Must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Student is required to provide copy of transcript with their application.

Submissions will be accepted from February 1, 2017 through April 25, 2017. All mailed entries must be postmarked by April 25, 2017 or if scanned and emailed must be received by April 25, 2017. StringsforaCURE will not be responsible for lost or redirected mail, or submissions not received by email due to electronic error. Winner will be notified no later than May 20, 2017.

Award Distribution
The award is a one time, non-renewable scholarship in the amount of $1,000. The check will be made payable directly to the winner’s selected post graduate institution.

Selection Criteria
A selection committee of no fewer than 3 members will determine the winner. The winner will be based on essay submission, transcript and verification of diagnosis, without regard to financial need and without discrimination as to age, race, sex or creed.


Submission must include all of the required documentation as specified below:

  • Completed Cover page – Please complete and submit the form on the last page of this document as part of your submission. The form must include the following information:
    • Student’s full name and contact information (address, home and/or cell phone number, email address, if available), birthdate and current school.
    • Name and relationship of family member / legal guardian diagnosed with breast cancer, type of breast cancer (if known) and approximate diagnosis date (if known).
    • Verification of family member or legal guardian’s breast cancer diagnosis – printed name and signature of the family member or legal guardian diagnosed with breast cancer or a family representative who can verify the information, as well as their contact phone number(s).
  • Student’s essay of 500 words or less (double spaced) addressing the following question:
    How has this breast cancer diagnosis affected you and changed your life?
  • A current copy of student’s transcript, which must be submitted with the application.

All mailed entries must be postmarked by April 25, 2017 or if scanned and emailed must be received by April 25, 2017.

Entries can be mailed to:
StringsforaCURE Foundation
P.O. Box 9823
Erie, PA 16505
Scholarship App

Or scanned and emailed to: nbrugger@stringsforacure.org

Any questions or additional information that the applicant feels necessary to provide to the selection committee may be sent to: nbrugger@stringsforacure.org

Please note the following:
•  Winner’s eligibility will be verified by the selection committee.
•  Winner agrees to have his /her name and photo used on our website and any advertising / publications pertaining to the StringsforaCURE Foundation.
•  All submissions will be become the property of StringsforaCURE and will not be returned.
• Members of the StringsforaCURE Foundation’s Board of Directors and their family members are not eligible for this scholarship.

Click here to download and print the most current Education Scholarship application.   Please submit an application only if you meet all of the eligibility requirements above.