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Cyndy Cervantes Scholarship for Oncology Social Work

1 winner$500
Application Deadline
Jun 15, 2022
Winners Announced
Jul 15, 2022
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education level (if applicable):
Graduate student
Major/current career field:
Oncology social work

Cyndy Cervantes was an incredible oncology social worker whose life work was helping people with cancer. beyond Oncology is creating a scholarship in her name to fund the education of social workers who are hoping to go into the field of oncology. 

Cyndy’s work forever changed the lives of many cancer survivors as well as oncology healthcare team members representing organizations throughout North Texas. Cyndy provided leadership and direction for Cancer Support Community North Texas helping thousands of cancer survivors.The goal of this scholarship is to encourage oncology social workers who serve cancer survivors.

Graduate students pursuing a career in oncology social work and current oncology social workers working to pay off student debt are eligible to apply. In your application, write about what inspired you to go into oncology social work.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published February 16, 2022
Essay Topic

What has inspired you to pursue a career in oncology social work?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Paige Hyndman
University of Washington-Seattle CampusConcord, NH
I first became interested in oncology work when I read the memoir by Rachel Naomi Remen. In her accounts of working as a physician for patients in the oncology department, I was struck by the tenuous, emotional, and empathetic approach she took to understanding the support and healing necessary for this field of work. As a future social worker working towards my MSW, I also strive to bring compassion to my practice, and I deeply value centering the human experience first and foremost in any mental health career path. I didn't seriously consider working with cancer patients until a close family friend, a young woman named Grace, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. I watched her journey for the next several years as she navigated with her family numerous doctors appointments, drug trials, chemotherapy, radiation, and more. Her words of praise for the technicians, nurses, and social workers that she interacted with her incredibly high because of the empathetic approach they took when determining the right care for her. I was deeply inspired by her life, and will never forget playing in streams together when we were children or building fairy castles in tree hallows. After she passed, almost a year a half ago, I knew my calling within social work was providing care and assistance to patients and families within the oncology field. I want to help more people like Grace, and I want to ease some of the burden during the worst times of their lives. I will never forget her words of kindness for the staff that she worked with, and I strive to bring that same human centered compassion, passion, and dedication to the field.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jun 15, 2022. Winners will be announced on Jul 15, 2022.

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