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: 

  • Application

  • 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

selection process

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.

The sapphire signifies the height of celestial hope and faith. It is a symbol of power and strength. Preemies face unfathomable threats to their chances of life every day — from the very day they are born. It is incredible to see them grow and go on to live full lives. With the Sapphire Scholarship, we want to acknowledge their strength and resilience in overcoming the odds that were stacked against them. 
— Kimberly D. Clarke

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 You can also donate online here.