By Jennifer Spina
Deadline Extended to June 16, 2014 for Fall Semester 2014
The Audrey B. Mastroianni College Scholarship Program is offered twice a year: once in May and again in October. This scholarship is available to students whose parent has passed from breast cancer and also to students with a parent diagnosed with breast cancer. We also offer this scholarship to non-traditional students who have survived their breast cancer diagnosis.
United Breast Cancer Foundation’s Executive Director, Stephanie Mastroianni, created this program in honor of her mother who had a deep love for the arts and education. Stephanie’s mother passed from breast cancer when Stephanie was just a young child. Even though she was young when her mother passed, Audrey B. Mastroianni, left an impression with her daughter; how important it is to further your education and be able to succeed in something you love! Stephanie created this program to honor her mother and to allow other children of breast cancer patients to do the same by continuing with their education.
Throughout the years, as the Lead Program Manager for the Audrey B. Mastroianni College Scholarship Program, I have meet wonderful students who have been through so much in their young lives. Each and every one of them want to honor their mothers who have passed to forge on and to not give up. These students are a very special breed and even though their mothers have gone they have taught each and every one of their children how to fight.
A testimonial from one of UBCF’s College Scholarship recipient whose mother taught her strength and tenacity:
“My name is Megan, I am a recipient of the Audrey B. Mastroianni Scholarship. I wanted to just take the time and tell you how much I appreciate this scholarship from UBCF. I was deeply affected by breast cancer early into college. My mother passed away from breast cancer my freshman year. Not only did I take it hard but so did my family. I had at the time a 7 year old sister who didn’t really understand what was happening. My mother was influential to not only my family but also to my community. The loss of my mother put a financial burden on my father who has 3 children. The least my father expects from us is a Master’s degree. There are two of us who are currently in college, me and my younger brother who is a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Education has always been important in my family and we are encouraged to go as far educationally as we can. From my heart and from my family thank you for your continued contributions to help those similar to myself pay for their education that they otherwise could not do on their own. It is greatly cherished that you are helping others in need. God bless your family.”
Deadline extended for Fall 2014 Semester to June 16, 2014