April 7, 2014
Julia Dunbar, an incoming freshman for the 2014-2015 school year, has been awarded the 2014 College Scholarship by Jeremy Cares, Inc.
Jeremy Cares is an Avon Lake, Ohio based non-profit organization established in 2009 with a mission of "creating moments of joy for families going through a pediatric medical crises". The organization is named after Jeremy George (Avon Lake) who was diagnosed with cancer during his senior year in High School. Jeremy is now a senior at Kent State University.
The scholarships recognize young adult survivors of pediatric, adolescent young adult (PAYA) cancers and siblings who have or have had a brother or sister with PAYA cancer. Jeremy Cares will be awarding a total of $9,000 in funds to 14 individuals in Northeast Ohio.
"Julia understands what it means to be an active part of a community and the massive impact that small acts of kindness can have," Siena coach Andy Christodoulou said. "I saw this in her during the recruiting process, it was evident in her personal growth, maturity level and independence. She exemplifies Siena's Franciscan values and what it means to offer help to the less fortunate or just get involved in the community."
Dunbar won the scholarship for her volunteer work with the organization in addition to being a cancer survivor herself. She created "Critters for Comfort," an organization that works with Jeremy Cares. Through "Critters for Comfort," Dunbar has collected and donated hundreds of new stuffed animals to both the Cleveland Clinic and its partner organization The Gathering place.
Debbie George, President of Jeremy Cares organization stated: "She is definitely deserving. When the committee was reviewing the applicants, they were looking for individuals who had a positive attitude and a strong desire to move forward. Going away to school for a cancer survivor is monumental in many ways. It symbolizes moving forward. We wanted to celebrate this milestone with these young adults. Julia's application really stuck out because she epitomizes our founding philosophy of paying it forward."
Julia will attend Siena in the fall 2014 semester and intends to study biology or psychology.