Nicanor Rufo was a beloved brother and son who passed away too soon at the age of twenty.
Nicanor never got to grow up and pursue his dreams of helping others, spending quality time with his family, or owning his dream car. Had he been able to pursue his career goals, Nicanor doubtlessly would have made an impact in the lives of countless people.
This scholarship seeks to honor Nicanor Rufo’s life by raising awareness of rare diseases and supporting those who have been affected by them.
Any first-generation high school or undergraduate student in California who has a rare disease or has a loved one who has a rare disease or passed away from one may apply for this scholarship.
To apply, tell us how you coped with the challenges you've faced due to a rare disease and how you hope to give back to others who struggle with rare diseases through your education.