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FIRST PLACE - $3,000

Diagnosed with a debilitating eye disease, Kevin Contreras will eventually go blind. His involvement in STEM and engineering clubs has helped him in pursuing a career in the medical field at Pitzer College in California. 

Read Kevin's winning essay here


RUNNER UP - $1,500

Katharine Wallace turned her challenge into Promising Paths, a nonprofit that helps teens battling a chronic illness discover who they are and helps them achieve their goals. She is attending the Harvard Extension School. 

Read Katharine's winning essay here



Parker Hollingshead's struggle with cerebral palsy didn't stop her from overcoming her physical limitations and becoming a leader in her school's Future Business Leaders of America club. She is attending Corban University in Oregon. 

Read Parker's winning essay here


Past Recipients

Since 2009, RSF has awarded more than $20,000 in college scholarships to students who have attended colleges and universities around the country, including:

Azusa Pacific University (CA)

Boston University

Carleton College (MN)

Christopher Newport University (VA)

Duke University (NC)

Miami University (OH)

Montclair State University (NJ) Pomona College (CA)

Rhodes College (TN)

Rockhurst University (MO)

Stanford University

University of California, Los Angeles 

University of Missouri

University of South Carolina

University of Southern California 

University of Wisconsin 

Vanderbilt University (TN)

Villanova University (PA)