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Prescott student awarded Northwestern Mutual’s Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship

Grace Padilla (Courtesy)

Grace Padilla (Courtesy)

Northwestern Mutual, through its foundation, is dedicated to supporting children and families who have been impacted by childhood cancer through research funding and providing resources for survivors and their families. As part of this commitment, Grace Padilla, a Prescott resident, has been selected as a recipient of the company’s Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship.

The application process for the 2020 program is also now open for submissions.

Each year, Northwestern Mutual selects 35 students to receive scholarships through the program. Each recipient has been affected by childhood cancer, either as a survivor or sibling, and has demonstrated strong academic standing. Grace, a childhood cancer survivor, has been chosen as one of the 2019 recipients, receiving a $5,000 renewable scholarship for a total of $10,000.

Grace was diagnosed with unilateral retinoblastoma at 2 years old. Following her diagnosis, she underwent surgery to have her left eye removed. Her experience with cancer fostered a deep curiosity for science, and led her to study neuroscience at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah.

She is currently applying for her PhD to continue research in this area of study. Grace is also an advocate for underrepresented students in STEM, particularly women.

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