Deadline today: Scholarships for young adult cancer survivors

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - My Hometown Heroes is accepting online applications from scholarship candidates for the Fall 2018 semester. Each applicant must be a young adult survivor of cancer between the ages of 17 and 39, reside in the United States, and be enrolled, or plan to enroll, with a community college, university or trade school.

“Traditionally we have been a scholarship fund primarily for community college- and university-bound survivors,” said Danny Heinsohn, founder and executive director of My Hometown Heroes. “But if you're a young adult survivor with aspirations to become a trade work professional such as a mechanic, dental hygienist, or radiologist then know that this funding opportunity now extends to you.”

Every year there are more than 70,000 young adults between the ages of 15 and 39 years old who are diagnosed with cancer. Between the years 2016 and 2020, the cumulative student debt among this college bound-population will be over $5 billion.

“Our mission is to financially assist and recognize these amazing individuals who are pursuing a college education,” said Heinsohn. “Through community outreach, collaboration, and creativity we aim to inspire with stories of hope and progress.”

Since 2011 the organization has awarded 56 scholarships to young adult cancer survivors from across the country with the goal of awarding $1 million in scholarships by 2020.

The My Hometown Heroes scholarship application process will be open through February 15 and candidates will be notified in June 2018 if they have been selected. New this year, My Hometown Heroes is developing a network of business professionals to mentor any college bound survivor who applies for the My Hometown Heroes scholarship.

To apply, donate or find more information, visit myhometownheroes.org.