The Sapphire Scholarship
With the belief that education is the key to a healthier future of babies, Cameron’s Light Foundation sponsors scholarships annually for students entering college. The Sapphire Scholarship is a unique scholarship awarded annually to one graduating high school senior, born preterm, in honor of their resilience in defying the odds of premature birth. The Sapphire Scholarship was established in honor of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) graduates and the healthcare professionals who work diligently towards healthy outcomes for prematurely born children. It is our hope that our contribution to the future of healthcare will lead to healthier families and children and fewer infant deaths.
The Sapphire Scholarship application will open to all qualifying students February 2020.
To receive consideration, applicants must:
be graduating seniors
demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
have been born a preemie (born prematurely, weighing less than 6.5 pounds at birth. Proof required.)
be enrolled in a qualifying program, at an accredited college or university
pursue a career in a nursing, medicine or health sciences field of study
Scholarships will be applied to educational expenses.
Eligible applicants can access the application online. The official application will open February 2020. Completed applications must be submitted, via email, to the foundation no later than March 31, 2020. Details can be found in the application packet issued to applicants. Complete application submission will include:
An essay of 250-400 words describing a time when the student had to overcome an obstacle
Copy of high school transcript through 2nd quarter 12th grade
One letter of recommendation, from a non-family member
Proof of preterm birth
A scholarship committee will review all completed application materials and select recipients. Members of this committee may include:
Two members of the Cameron’s Light Foundation Executive Board
Two volunteers from the Buffalo Public School system
The Cameron’s Light Foundation Executive Board will have final approval of candidates selected for awards.
Management of the Fund
The Sapphire Scholarship is administered by the Cameron’s Light Foundation. As the fund grows, the number and dollar amounts of scholarships will increase. Anyone can contribute to the fund at anytime. Gifts should be clearly designated for the Sapphire Scholarship and directed to the foundation. Questions regarding this scholarship may be directed to the Cameron’s Light Foundation team at (716) 710-9087, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also donate online here.