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The Susanna DeLaurentis Charitable Foundation honors the memory and spirit of Susanna DeLaurentis, a ten year old who died from complications of neuroblastoma, an aggressive, treatment-resistant cancer of the nervous system.

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Memorial Scholarship

The scholarships are awarded annualy to college-bound high school seniors who contend with a chronic disease or other serious challenge to physical or mental health.

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The Scholarship Program

Susanna DeLaurentis Memorial Scholarships

The Susanna DeLaurentis Memorial Scholarships are awarded each year to college-bound high school seniors with superior academic and extracurricular achievements who contend with a chronic disease or other serious challenge to physical or mental health. Honorees are selected by a committee of the board of directors of the Foundation, along with outside guest readers, and are announced in May, allowing time for presentation at awards ceremonies if appropriate.

The Susanna DeLaurentis Memorial Scholarships are awarded in memory of Susanna DeLaurentis, who died of cancer at age 10 after spending half her life in cutting-edge experimental treatments at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Memorial Sloan-Kettering (New York City). Though she missed one entire academic year and large chunks of her other three school years, she kept pace with her classmates by working diligently with tutors in between her severely debilitating treatments. She died two months into her fifth-grade year.

Her spunk, generosity, selfless compassion for the needs of others notwithstanding her own dire condition, and her constant good cheer inspired her former teachers to establish a research and scholarship fund in honor of her courage, compassion, and commitment to learning. Scholarships are awarded to candidates who best exemplify Susanna’s ironclad determination and quiet, upbeat fortitude in the face of extraordinary challenges.