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SMAC is thrilled to announce the following winners of the 2023 SMAC Cancer Fighter Scholarship!


Winners of the SMAC Cancer Fighter Scholarship were selected from around the nation after distinguishing themselves in the classroom, in the community, and, most importantly, as leaders in the fight against cancer.  The courage, compassion, and leadership they have demonstrated is an inspiration!

Please join SMAC in congratulating these extraordinary scholarship winners:  

Parker Demmler

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

  • Graduate of Cherokee High School, Marlton, NJ

  • Inspired to be a ‘cancer fighter’ in honor of his sister

  • Member of Student Movement Against Cancer at Cherokee High School

  • Contributor to Samaritan Hearts and Ryan's Cases for Smiles initiatives

  • Member of Charge Robotics team

  • Member of the National Honor Society, Italian Honor Society, Technology Honor Society

Evelyn Gardner

Yale University

New Haven, CT

  • Graduate of City Honors School at Fosdick-Masten Park, Buffalo, NY

  • Inspired to be a 'cancer fighter' in memory and in honor of her grandparents

  • Hauptman Woodward Summer Program participant

  • Science Research Program participant at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • Member of Sunshine Club, Key Club, Boys and Girl Club, and Environmental Club

  • Cross country, track, and basketball athlete

Paige Hackett

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

  • Graduate of Andover High School, Andover, MA

  • Cancer survivor

  • Founder of Global Goals Club

  • Member of Varsity Ski Team

  • Member of Students Against Destructive Decisions

  • Volunteer at St. Micheals Parrish

  • Member of the National Honor Society

Samantha Holt

University of Central Arkansas

Conway, AR

  • Graduate of Academies of West Memphis, West Memphis, AR

  • Cancer survivor

  • Advocate and spokesperson for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

  • Volunteer at First Baptist Church in West Memphis

  • Member of the National Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta honor society

  • Member of the Varsity Volleyball, Tennis, Golf and Track teams

Meredith Kenoff

University of Texas

Austin, TX

  • Graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, Scotch Plains, NJ

  • Former SMAC President and Student National Advisory Board member

  • Junior Board Member of Overlook Foundation

  • Member of Hunger Heroes club, Club Med, Red Cross Club, DECA, Students for Social Justice, and Model United Nations

  • Member of the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society

Allen Nicolas

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA

  • Graduate of Woodville-Tompkins Institute, Garden City, GA

  • Cancer survivor

  • Member of Varsity Soccer team

Adeline (Addy) Ruiz

Savannah College of Art and Design

Savannah, GA

  • Graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, Pensacola, FL

  • Inspired to be a 'cancer fighter' in memory of her friend

  • Member of the Drama Club, International Thespian Society, and Vocal Harmony choir

  • Member of Varsity Swim team

Raina Sinha

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

  • Graduate of Strongsville High School, Strongsville, OH

  • Inspired to be a 'cancer fighter' in memory of her mother

  • Student researcher in an epigenetics laboratory at Case Western Reserve Univeristy

  • Member of Strongsville High School Chamber Strings

  • Member of Varsity Tennis team

  • Member of the National Honors Society

Abigail Tatum

Gordon State College

Barnesville, GA

  • Graduate of Ola High School, McDonough, GA

  • Current cancer fighter and survivor

  • Volunteer for Caring for a Cause

  • Member of Varsity Cheerleading team

  • Member of Fellow Christians of America
  • Member of the National Beta Club
  • Member of the National Honors Society and National Spanish Honors Society

The Student Movement Against Cancer (SMAC) was founded in an effort to support a high school friend battling cancer. This group of students empowered their peers to fight back against cancer alongside their friend. In the process, they all had a meaningful impact in the fight against cancer. 

SMAC is proud to award the $1,000 Cancer Fighter Scholarship to nine graduating high school seniors who have been leaders in the fight against cancer. Scholarship applications for the 2023-24 year will be announced in the fall.

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