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CCC Announces Empowering Scholarship Recipients

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Children’s Cancer Connection (CCC) selected 12 students to receive Empowering Scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year. Empowering Scholarships are awarded to applicants in Iowa who are directly affected by childhood cancer, including those who have or have had cancer before age 18, or a sibling. Applicants submitted essays and letters of recommendation from school, medical or business professionals.

“Thanks to generous gifts from the Ockenfels Family Foundation and other donors, Children’s Cancer Connection is thrilled to award this year’s outstanding students a total of $20,000 in Empowering Scholarships,” said CCC CEO Jennifer Hines. “CCC is pleased to assist in furthering these recipients’ education, and we look forward to growing the program in future years.”

The 2022-2023 Empowering Scholarship Recipients are:

  • Olivia Bailey, Clinton, Kirkwood Community College
  • Logan Burchard, Dyersville, Hawkeye Community College
  • John Buttell, Otley, Iowa State University
  • Brenda Gao, Iowa City, University of Iowa
  • Emma Hutchinson, Bondurant, Briar Cliff University
  • Mason Inman, Ankeny, Iowa State University
  • Kaylee Kleitsch, Fairbank, Iowa State University
  • Danica Nolton, Grinnell, Luther College
  • Jacob Roth, Iowa City, University of Iowa
  • Mikayla VanWey, Marion, Aveda Institute
  • Grace Webner, Panora, Iowa Central
  • Kailee Zapf, Garnavillo, Northeast Iowa Community College

“I am very grateful that I received the Empowering Scholarship. This scholarship will be used toward my tuition at Kirkwood Community College in the fall,” said recipient Olivia Bailey. “Not only is this scholarship helpful for my first year of college but it is helpful in my overall goal to be a Pediatric Oncology Nurse Practitioner. Thank you, Children’s Cancer Connection, for impacting my education and career in such a positive way.”

The Empowering Scholarships program is just one of many ways CCC aims to support the entire family for the entire journey.