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The Carolina Pediatric Attention Love and Support (CPALS) 501 C-3 non-profit organization has established a college scholarship fund, and we are pleased to offer patients who have been treated by the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at UNC Hospitals the following opportunity to apply for this scholarship fund. Please note the hospital does not have any involvement in distributing these scholarships nor has any involvement with making decisions on who is awarded these scholarship funds. This is decided solely from and given by a scholarship committee with the CPALS organization.

The scholarship applications are open to students who have been accepted into and plan to attend a University/College or Community/Technical School in the Fall of 2024. This includes patients who are either 2024 graduating high school seniors, 2023-2024 GED candidates, or who graduated in 2024 and have been accepted to a college, but delayed starting for a semester or a year until Fall 2024. Applications will be voted on by a scholarship committee of CPAL Officers for their merit, narrative essays, and short answer questions and the top three applicants will be awarded one of three $1,500 scholarships.

Application Materials

**Applications for the 2024 selection cycle are now closed. Please check back in Spring 2025 for the next application cycle and submission due dates.**

To Apply (please read the directions thoroughly):

  1. Complete the Application Cover Page along with proof of acceptance/enrollment at an accredited institution for the Fall of 2024.
  2. Please choose one of the following essay prompts and two short essay questions. Your essay must be a minimum of 500 words.

               Essay prompts (pick one):

      1. Describe how your experience with cancer or other serious disease/illness has influenced your life and choice to pursue higher education.
      2. Describe a situation that has inspired you to grow as a person and the lessons that the situation taught you.

               Short answer questions (pick two):

      1. Title your autobiography.
      2. Make a list of your top 5. This can be of any subject. Some examples being top 5 survival items, top 5 life moments, or top 5 musicians, artists, or athletes.
      3. Describe any special interests or hobbies you have.
      4. If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be and why?


You may submit your application in one of two ways:

  1. Email: Email your Application Cover Page and Essay to Rachel Hodakowski, CPALS President:


  1. Mail to:

               CPALS Organization

               Attention: Rachel Hodakowski, CPALS President

               Box 403 FPG Student Union CB 5210

Applications must be received by May 15, 2024. All applicants will be notified by Friday, June 3, 2024. Scholarship recipients will receive a check that will be mailed to the address listed on your application. If you have questions, please e-mail Rachel Hodakowski, CPALS President at