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2014-2015 Scholarship Winners


We are pleased to announce the recipients of our patient scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year:


Oliver Adlam

Georgia College Milledgeville, GA

Course of Study: Engineering


“While pursuing my academic career at Georgia College, I have several goals which I would like to achieve. My ultimate goal is to receive a Master’s in electrical engineering in six years. Along the way, I would also like to get a physic’s degree. While doing this, I plan to maintain a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Outside of the classroom, I want to get further involved in the community, helping people in any way possible. To achieve this, I am going to join volunteer organizations and clubs. Lastly, I want to get involved in varsity and intramural sports such as soccer and golf.

There are many benefits for receiving this scholarship. The greatest benefit for receiving this scholarship is the ability to be able to get further involved in the community around me. I want to help people who have been through similar traumas to me. I feel that I will be a good source of providing encouraging thoughts to those who need it most. ”

Sheralyn Beck

University of Little Rock Arkansas

Course of Study: Psychology


“My goals throughout my academic career are to impact and help as many people as possible. I am going to school for Psychology so that I can be a child life specialist at our local children's hospital. I want to be able to help children when they are faced with a life altering diagnosis. Going to University of Arkansas at Little Rock can help make that happen.


The benefits of receiving this scholarship from Patient Advocate Foundation have helped me achieve my dream of returning to UALR. When I was diagnosed in the middle of a semester in 2011, I was forced to drop out of classes which disqualified me for my scholarships. I was always afraid I would not be able to get any scholarships to help me go back. With the help of Patient Advocate Foundation I am now living my dream!

My academic course of study is a major is Psychology and a double minor in Writing and Human Services. I should graduate in the fall of 2014.”

Yosef Glaser

Bais Hamedrash & Mesivta of Baltimore

Course of Study: Religious Studies


“I would like to express my appreciation for the very kind and generous gift you have extended to me. I am very grateful that you have chosen me as the recipient of your Scholarship for Survivors.


I am planning to learn in a college in Baltimore, studying to become a rabbi or teacher of religious studies. Your grant will be a tremendous help towards relieving my financial burden, and it will enable me to focus and apply myself completely to my studies.

Thank you again for your generosity and thoughtfulness. You can be assured that I will use all of my capabilities to excel and eventually give back to others, ensuring the best use of the scholarship.”

Katrina Polivak

The University of Texas School of Public Health

Course of Study:  Public Health


“My goal is to go from walking the halls of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as a patient to running my own oncology study there as a public health researcher, focusing on cancer prevention and early intervention. M.D. Anderson, where I received treatment for stage three colon cancer, and The University of Texas School of Public Health, where I will be receiving my Masters degree, are both located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. I believe this is the ultimate locale for returning my cancer-fighting career dreams into a reality.


This scholarship has provided me tremendous financial assistance, and for that I can never be grateful enough. Pursuing my academic and career goals meant uprooting my life and moving to Houston, Texas to accept a Masters program in my dream field of public health. With moving cities comes a huge financial burden that is only compounded once tuition and books are factored in. Receiving this scholarship allows me to worry less about the financial constraints of being a student and focus more on pursuing my academic goal of ultimately helping others afflicted with cancer.


Major and Graduation: Masters in Public Health, specializing in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences. I will be graduating in May 2015.”

Richard Suarez

Rowan University

Course of Study: Biology (Pre-Med)


“It is my goal to receive a 4.0 both semesters and at the very least keep my GPA above 3.7.
I am also striving to receive acceptance into an internship for next summer along with participation in shadowing with Penn and CHOP doctors this winter. Lastly, I am still hoping to play baseball for Rowan   University; even though I am still in treatment and recently underwent a bi-lateral hip replacement.


The funding PAF is providing is greatly appreciated and is a huge help with books and tuition this year.  I expect to complete my studies and walk for graduation in May of 2016.”

Coreyonna Welch

University of West Georgia

Course of Study: Nursing


“My goals throughout my academic career are basically to maintain A’s and stay focused.


One of the many benefits of receiving a scholarship from the Patient Advocate Foundation is that I am attending the college of my choice. I am honored because people do care about cancer survivors and those that have battled cancer. In the beginning, I didn’t know where the money was going to come from and now I am grateful to be one of the many recipients of the scholarship.


My course of study is nursing.  I want to help others just like the nurses who helped me.”

Nathan Hertz

University of Texas at San Antonio

Course of Study:  Pre-Radiation Therapy


“My ultimate goal is to get into the Radiation Therapy program here at Texas State.  My other goal is to continue being involved on campus and with the different cancer organizations I participate in throughout the local community.  I have become an officer of CAMCOSO (the on campus cancer organization) Mentoring San Marcos, American Cancer Society, and LIVESTRONG.  My other goal is to continue working hard in my classes and maintain at least a 3.5 GPA.


I cannot be more thankful for being a recipient of the PAF Scholarship for Survivors scholarship.  The award has allowed me to spend more time reaching both my academic and social goals and become more involved with the cancer community.  I still work a job, but I have been able to work less hours thanks to PAF.  I am blessed to have such a great Foundation supporting me in my academic pathway.


When I first received the scholarship, my goal academically was to get a business degree of some sort and use it to get a job in the cancer community.  After doing my research and talking to several people, a degree in business wouldn't allow me to work with cancer patients and survivors personally as much as I would like.


In the fall of 2012, I was introduced to the Radiation Therapy program here at Texas State University and realized it would give me the best chance to make a difference in a cancer patient’s life.  I have since changed my course of study to Pre-Radiation Therapy, which will allow me to get all my basic medical studies completed so I can then apply for the Radiation Therapy program.  I now feel that I am on the right path academically to be able to achieve my dream to somehow make a difference in the cancer community.  I plan to apply for the program January 2015.  The program is two years long. If I am accepted the first year I apply, I will graduate May 2017.

Thanks again for the opportunity you have given me!”

Hanna Hughes

University of Minnesota, Duluth

Course of Study:  Psychology


“My academic goal is to complete my studies with a degree in psychology.  I then plan to attend graduate school so that I may become a psychologist.  The Patient Advocate Foundation scholarship has afforded me the opportunity to attend the college of my choice and the school that was the best fit for me.”

Jacob Silberg

Harvard College

Course of Study:  Social Studies


“I am a junior at Harvard College studying Social Studies, which is an interdisciplinary mix of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy. For me, the economics component is the most interesting. I enjoy learning about how government policy influences when people go shopping and how they choose to get paid. After I graduate in 2015, I plan to go to graduate school, so that I can shape public policy to help more people.


College is pretty expensive and studying economics is especially so…professors who study money like to charge a lot for their textbooks. Thanks to the PAF Scholarship, I've been able to afford the many books for my coursework. My mom actually worked for a while as a patient advocate to help me pay for school, so I really appreciate PAF's help so that she can be less stressed about making sure I can afford my meal plan. I complete my volunteer requirement every year by teaching a civics class in a poor neighborhood in Boston. I really enjoy teaching fifth graders about the Constitution, and how to get involved in the political process.”

Kimberly Santo

University of Florida

Course of Study:  Psychology (Pre-Med)


“My goals this year are to continue on the pre-med track, become a more active part of the Gator community (by starting my own research project focusing on cancer research) and rushing a multicultural sorority.


Receiving this scholarship has allowed me to attend school over the summer and get caught up with all of my classes, thus allowing me to complete all that I wish to complete within a four year time span.”

Joshua Weinstein

University of California Berkeley

Course of Study: Molecular and Cell Biology & Fine Arts


“In my sophomore year at Berkeley, my goal is to focus on volunteering in the community and developing and marketing myself as an artist. I am going to be the leader of a club called JMed, this is an organization for Jewish students interested in a health profession. My goal is to turn that smaller club into a larger gathering of students with more events, speakers, and resources. Also, I have a goal to become an honored hero with the San Francisco Leukemia Lymphoma Society chapter. I want to give fundraising speeches at Light the Night walks and share my cancer journey with other survivors and loved ones taking care of cancer patients.


My other goal is to be accepted into a biology research lab at Berkeley. I am very interested in cancer research, specifically a lab that develops drugs for advanced prostate cancer.


The benefits of receiving the Patient Advocate Foundation scholarship is that it goes towards paying my tuition and fees which allows me to feel more at ease while in class and studying. This way I can spend more time on my academic career and pursuing my dreams.

My life's dream is to be a pediatric neurosurgeon.”


Alexandra Xifaras

Suffolk University: Boston, MA

Course of Study: Psychology


”Throughout my academic career I plan to challenge myself to new lengths. This fall I have set some short-term goals including; learning to pay closer attention and listen actively in class, I will also get involved and participate more during classes. Outside of the classroom I will strive to work even harder, I will stay organized, turn my assignments in on time, and always put forth my best effort. My long-term goal is to graduate college with my masters degree in psychology and then to continue my education and become a nurse practitioner.

I was very happy to learn I had been selected as one of the recipients of the Patient Advocate Foundation Scholarship. I am beyond grateful to have been chosen. This scholarship has given me the opportunity to go to college.”