Create a Named Scholarship
Our college scholarships for brain tumor survivors help ease the financial challenges that families experience after their child’s diagnosis and treatment. We invite our donors to create a lasting legacy by establishing a scholarship at the PBTF.
Partnership for Education
Our development team will work with you to create your named scholarship. We manage the annual application process and send funds directly to the accredited academic institution of the student’s choice. You’ll be notified of who received your scholarship, and, if you choose, the recipient will also receive your information.
Please note that the PBTF reserves the right to determine all scholarship recipients.
Scholarship donors will be recognized on our website and in other publications. You’ll also receive a personal thank-you note.
To learn how you can establish a named Galaxy Scholarship, please contact Caroline Noor, annual giving and donor information manager, at 828-418-0825 or by email.
Named Scholarships at the PBTF
- The Amazing Grace Memorial Scholarship
On October 24th, 2018, Grace Bernice Fulcher won her 3 year battle with brain cancer, entering into heaven to be with her Lord and Savior. Grace had a creative soul and sweet spirit. She was a diligent student and loving daughter and sister. Grace had been active as a second violinist in the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra, played on the first girls flag football team at Niceville High School and was active in Key Club, Leadership Club, three years in the National Honor Society, Literary Club, Chorus, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Daughters of the King Club, and the Scrubs Club. Grace did not let the long distance of radiation treatments in Birmingham deter her from getting her school work done. She waas determined to graduate from Niceville High School on time and with her peers. Despite her everyday challenges, treatments and chemotherapy, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Niceville High School in May 2017 with a 4.4 GPA. Grace played the violin since she was 8 years old, and she loved the years as a second violinist in the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra. She wanted to pursue a career in the medical field and in the summers would volunteer at local hospitals and would shadow doctors at Elgin Air Force Base Hospital. Grace worked so hard to excel academically and looked forward to going away to college. She completed one semester of college. Because she was unable to finish college, her family has established the Amazing Grace Memorial Scholarship to provide support to a high school senior or college student who is a cancer survivor or currently diagnosed with brain cancer.
- The Melanie Hatch Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded in loving memory of Melanie Hatch, a PBTF college scholarship recipient who died of a brain tumor in 2013. Melanie started attending our Ride for Kids event when she was 2 years old. She enjoyed swimming, riding horses, spending time with her pets and spreading awareness about pediatric brain tumors. Melanie’s parents are gratified that their daughter's love of learning will continue through others. "It was always Melanie's dream to complete her college degree," Steve and Loretta Hatch say. "We know how hard it is for kids who have had brain tumors to overcome the difficulties they face achieving their education. It fills us with joy to know that Melanie is being remembered in such a meaningful way."
- The Julia Kivlin Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded in loving memory of Julia Kivlin, who passed away in 2011, three days after her 15th birthday. Julia was a great daughter, sister and friend. She inspired so many people because of the strong faith and courage she displayed during her battle with brain cancer. Julia was a compassionate individual who was always one to route for the underdog, encourage her peers and help her teammates. She was active in sports and especially loved playing volleyball and basketball. She played the flute and was in the honors band. She was an honors student as well. She loved to talk, sing and clown around. Julia's compassion for others and bravery in adversity has inspired others to do many wonderful things in her memory. This scholarship will help others who have bravely fought this same battle achieve great things and realize their dreams through continuing education.
- The Nikki White Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded in loving memory of Nikki White, who planned to be a star. But in December 1998, Nikki’s dreams were cut short. An anaplastic astrocytoma claimed her life shortly after her eighth birthday. Today, the White family still works to cure the kids. The Nikki’s Hope Foundation has supported the work of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation for many years. “Other parents need to know that there is help there. Don’t give up hope,” says Nikki’s father, Scott. “That’s why we continue to spread the word. It didn’t save Nikki’s life, but it’s going to save other kids’ lives.”
- The Devdutt (Dev) Worah Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded in loving memory of Devdutt (Dev) Worah, who passed away at age 41 in 2008 following a brave battle with brain cancer. Dev was a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle and a friend to many. His many interests included reading, delving with latest technology, stock trading and traveling. He lived life with a passion and above all Dev valued the love of his friends and family. If the measure of a person’s success in life is how deeply they are missed when they are gone, then Dev’s life was enormously successful. “We will always treasure our memories of him, and as we live, Dev will live too,” says his family. “In giving this scholarship we truly hope that Dev’s loving and fighting spirit will live in young adults like yourselves.”
Giving Back to the Community
Named scholarships encourage survivors to inspire and strengthen their communities by raising awareness about one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer. Recipients are required to participate in our volunteer program.
For more information about applying for our scholarship program, please contact our Mission team at 800-253-6530, x306, or by email.