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Honorable Shawn Long Memorial Scholarship

1 winner$5,000
Next Application Deadline
May 31, 2024
Next Winners Announced
Jul 1, 2024
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior
3.0 or higher
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

The Honorable Shawn M. Long was a distinguished judge and attorney, Marine, and an active community member who was dedicated to his family, his profession, his country and the people of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Shawn was also a devoted supporter of United Disabilities Services Foundation, serving for eighteen years as a member of the USDF board of directors and nine years as its Board chair.

Although he passed away January 7, 2023, Judge Long's commitment to his family, community, and country continues to inspire the community. In his memory, this scholarship seeks to assist Lancaster County, Pennsylvania high school seniors as they make the transition from high school to post-secondary education.

The Honorable Shawn Long Memorial Scholarship will support a dedicated, studious high school senior in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania who has maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher in high school. Strong preference for students who wish to pursue careers that advance the mission of United Disabilities Services, which is to help people by enhancing their abilities and helping them to live their best life possible.

To apply, write about your career goals, and share how this scholarship will help you on your path to achieving those goals.

Selection Criteria:
Passion, Dedication, Boldest Profile
Published February 16, 2024
Essay Topic

What are your career goals? How will this scholarship assist you in moving toward those goals?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Faith Stoshak
Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory SchoolWest Wyoming, PA
My hand shook with excitement as I firmly grabbed hold of the tattered rope. After much anticipation, the Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital clinic bell was finally ringing out for me. During my time spent in the clinic, this bell echoed through the halls from time to time. However, this time, it brought my family and I to tears; I was cured of cancer and gifted with life. After winning my battle with cancer, I felt called to help other patients. As a medical intern, I became someone on the other side of the exam room, ready to provide hope and comfort as patients experienced feelings that I understood all too well. Everyone knows that patients depend on their doctors to provide a correct diagnosis and treatment plan, but I know that patients also ask their doctors to offer care, empathy, and positivity. Moments of fear can turn into moments of hope when a patient and physician share a special connection of trust. Fortunately, I experienced this connection centered around trust in the moments of my diagnosis and throughout my cancer journey. One hot and sunny July day, I was taken to the emergency room for what I thought was a broken leg. Much to my surprise, I was whisked away for a spinal tap and bone marrow biopsy. Soon after, my parents and I heard the words we never expected to hear – I had cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Soon, a nurse was clicking the brakes off of my hospital bed and rolling me to the inpatient pediatric cancer unit - my home for the next three months. Unable to walk, weak from side effects, and in excruciating pain, I was unsure and scared of what was to come. Yet, I began to use my trust in God, family, and doctors to overpower any negativity, and I was released from the hospital to begin at-home physical and occupational therapy. I traveled over an hour to the clinic multiple times a week to receive IV chemotherapy through a port in my chest. Three years later, that port became my scar – the physical reminder of the fight I endured and the doctors who helped. My understanding of service and medicine was strengthened last summer when I created a research project at Misericordia University. In partnership with University professors and students, we created an aerobic exercise program to assess the mental and physical effects of aqua therapy on eight visually impaired volunteers. For two months, I observed the adversities of each participant and simultaneously admired their faith. Despite the difficulties, they were hopeful for brighter, healthier lives and trusted in our plan. Equality and trust should be the foundation of any medical relationship. Now, I don’t think about my cancer journey being difficult, but instead, everyday, I think about the hope and strength my doctors inspired. Our special connection will last a lifetime and will be the foundation of my service as a doctor. The day I rang that bell will forever be etched in my mind as the most beautiful day of my life. I know that beating cancer would not be possible without a loving physician by my side, and I want to be that physician for others. I want to celebrate with my patients in moments of joy and offer a shoulder to cry on in moments of difficulty. I live every day knowing that God has given me the chance to make a difference in the world, and I plan on doing just that.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is May 31, 2024. Winners will be announced on Jul 1, 2024.

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