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FIRST PLACE - $3,000

Anna Martin was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia when she was 10 years old; Later, in her junior year of high school, she received a diagnosis of thyroid cancer as well. Yet, from that first diagnosis, Anna was able to transform her fear into action. Anna now attends Belmont University (TN). 

Read Anna’s winning essay here. 


RUNNER UP - $1,500

At age 11, Maya Keesey began a 27 month battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Two years later, she faced a new unique challenge when she completed a 3.3 mile swim across Lake Geneva. While racing far from shore, Maya was reminded of her journey beating cancer. Maya now attends Marquette University (WI). 

Read Maya’s winning essay here.

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Cade Pinalto was devastated to learn he could no longer play basketball after he was diagnosed with Left Ventricular Noncompaction Cardiomyopathy. Cade felt an overwhelming loss of passion, drive, and identity without the sport he loved so deeply. His life changed when he was offered the position of Assistant Coach of the Varsity Basketball team, and he was able to once again feel the thrill of basketball and the community of his team. Cade now attends Baylor University (TX).

Read Cade’s winning essay here. 


Past Recipients

Since 2009, RSF has awarded more than $25,000 in college scholarships to students who have attended colleges and universities around the country, including:

Azusa Pacific University (CA)

Baylor University (TX)

Belmont University (TN)

Boston University

Carleton College (MN)

Christopher Newport University (VA)

Corbon University (OR)

Duke University (NC)

Harvard Extension School

Lasell College (MA)

Marquette University (WI)

Miami University (OH)

Montclair State University (NJ) 

Pomona College (CA)

Pitzer College (CA)

Rhodes College (TN)

Rockhurst University (MO)

Scripps College (CA)

Stanford University

University of California, Los Angeles 

University of Missouri

University of San Francisco

University of South Carolina

University of Southern California 

University of Wisconsin 

Vanderbilt University (TN)

Villanova University (PA)