Eric C. Egan Memorial Scholarship

Funded by
George Family Cremation and Burial
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$500
1 winner$500
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
4
Application Deadline
Apr 11, 2022
Winners Announced
May 11, 2022
Education Level
High School
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Eligibility Requirements
Enrollment:
Plans to enroll in post-secondary education
Experience:
Currently undergoing or completed cancer treatment
Enrollment:
Experience:
Plans to enroll in post-secondary education
Currently undergoing or completed cancer treatment

Eric Egan was a light in so many people’s lives and often inspired people to keep pushing forward, no matter their circumstances. Sadly, Eric passed away at the early age of 14 from graph vs host disease (GvHD) following a bone marrow transplant and cancer treatments. He fought for 7 hard years against these diseases.

In honor of Eric’s legacy, the Eric C. Egan Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to one student who is currently going through cancer treatment or who has completed treatment and who plans to continue studying.

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a high school student who is currently undergoing cancer treatment or who has completed treatment with plans to receive a post-secondary education. To apply, please tell us about your current journey with cancer and how you plan to use these funds toward your future.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Ambition, Purpose, Impact
Published June 17, 2021
$500
1 winner$500
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
4
Application Deadline
Apr 11, 2022
Winners Announced
May 11, 2022
Education Level
High School
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Please tell us about your journey with cancer and how you plan to use these funds for your future.

400–600 words

Winning Application

Samaria Jacobs
Spring Valley High SchoolColumbia, SC
In November of 2019, I was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia. Shortly after the diagnosis, my lungs began to fail so my care takers decided it was best to medically induce me into a coma in which I remained for a little over 3 months. As a leukemia patient, I have experienced care in three different settings: the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the Cancer and Blood Disorders Unit (CBD), and the Hematology/Oncology Clinic. I started my treatment in the ICU and in order for me to transition to a normal floor, I had to prove my strength and motor function. With the help of a speech therapist, I learned how to eat and speak again. Once I overcame this challenge, I moved to the CBD Unit where I learned to walk again. Doctors recommended that I undergo several types of therapies until I was stable enough to handle chemotherapy in an outpatient setting, so I worked with multiple occupational and physical therapists in order to regain my strength. As of last July, I have completed chemotherapy in the Hematology/Oncology clinic and continue to remain in remission. Today I am walking on my own, breathing without a machine, and preparing for college this fall - all things that no one imagined possible. I wouldn't be here today without the hard work and dedication of countless health care professionals who aided my recovery. But most importantly, my nurses. I want to be a nurse so that I can help children who have to endure the same hardships as I did. I am determined to make a change in someone else’s life similar to the kind that I have had in mine, which is why affording college is so important to me. I often find it difficult to explain my journey with people because there seems to be a lack of emotion or feelings, but that’s because there is. By the time I understood what was going on with my health, I was already in remission and had begun my healing process. Unlike most other survivors, I didn’t get to experience anything for myself and I’ve basically had to hear my story from other people’s perspectives. To compensate for this, I like to dedicate my time and compassion to fellow survivors who were hospitalized around the same time as me. As much as I would like to say that I do it for them, the truth is I do it for me. I enjoy listening to them and hearing about their experiences. I am still always amazed at the amount of cancers there are in the world along with the several types of chemo to go with each. If I am fortunate enough to receive Eric’s Memorial Scholarship, I will use it to fund my nursing education and become the best pediatric oncology nurse I can be. A lot of people don’t realize how much better a person going through cancer would feel if only they had someone who experienced similar circumstances. I plan to be that person for any and all of my patients one day. I know that there is no way for me to cure cancer in children, or anyone for that matter, but I know for a fact that I can do my best to provide phenomenal care for those who are diagnosed with it.
Alex Egan
Cuba City HighCuba City, WI
I am a survivor! I battled with my brother, Eric, to overcome TCell ALL Leukemia. I was diagnosed at the age of 10 and received 3 years of therapy. I completed treatment in October 2015. Eric was diagnosed 2 weeks after I was. We experienced many months of separation while receiving his bone marrow transplant in 2012. The treatments were hard on myself and my family. I often felt ill and missed a lot of school over the 3-year treatment. I had many treatments and hospital stays. I remember when Eric and I were hospitalized at the same time and used walkie-talkies from our rooms to communicate. For the cancer treatment, I had surgeries to place and remove a port that helps administer chemotherapy. The chemotherapy ruined my gallbladder, so I had surgery to remove it. I consider my scars from surgery my badges" as they are memories of the strength and trials I endured. There were some things to look forward to during my treatment years. I attended Step One Camp for 2 years, where all participants are cancer patients during my treatment years. I also enjoyed 2 years of horse camp with this same group. I had the privilege of being the Boy of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Wisconsin in 2016. During this time, I was able to represent Leukemia childhood cancer. I gave motivating speeches at functions that told of both my and my brother Eric's cancer treatments and outcomes. During my treatment, I continued with schooling, participated in my brother Eric's Make-A-Wish to the Probowl in Orlando, Florida, played soccer, hunt, fish, and farm with my family. Treatment has strengthened me, and I am staying strong doing things I like. I have enjoyed being on the Trap Shooting Team during high school. I have found success with this sport. The first year with the sport, I competed in State and National competitions. The last year with Covid did not allow us to have a State or National Tournament. However, I had a great accomplishment; I finished 1st in my conference and 3rd at the state level. I have learned and profited from trapping during the winter months in Wisconsin. I enjoy 4-wheeling and snowmobiling in my free time. I work on our family farm, raising cattle, crops, donkeys, llamas, horses, and alpacas. I am motivated to continue to gain experience that interests me and in which I can make a lifetime goal and occupation. I obtained my Comercial driver's license last summer while still attending high school. I completed 2 different courses through Southwest Tech while in my Junior and Senior high school. I will be attending Southwest Technical College in the Fall. I am enrolled in the welding program and look forward to starting! I also will be on their Trap Shooting team.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 11, 2022. Winners will be announced on May 11, 2022.

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