SMAC is thrilled to announce the following 10 WINNERS of the first annual 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:  

Aitallia Allen

Coral Glades High School

Coral Springs, FL

  • Honors student

  • Dance team Co-Captain

  • Participates in the Practical Nursing Program

  • Helped her mother through her battle with cancer

Alison Fricke

Barbara Ingram School for the Arts

Hagerstown, MD

  • Cancer survivor

  • National Honors Society member

  • Involved in musical theater 

Arianna Matson

State College of Florida Collegiate School

Bradenton, FL

  • Captain of school’s Relay-for-Life team for 3 years

  • National Honor Society President

  • Future Business Leaders of America Treasurer

Collin Berg

Mount Olive High School

Flanders, NJ

  • Cancer survivor

  • Student Council member

  • Public speaker regarding pediatric cancer

  • Delivered iPads to a pediatric cancer patients via the Apple a Day Foundation and baskets to cancer patients via the Sarah’s Fight for Hope Foundation

Collins Rustin

Columbus High School

Columbus, GA

  • Founder of “Curbs for a Cure” to raise money to purchase a mammogram machine for local hospital

  • Founder of Totes to Tots

  • Raised money for the AFLAC Cancer Childhood Foundation

Emma Thomas

Union Pines High School

Cameron, NC

  • Helped her Nana fight cancer every step of the way

  • National Honors Society member

  • Student Goverment member

  • Aspires to be a nurse

Emmie Spath

Pomperaug Regional High School

Southbury, CT

  • Co-Founder of The Pink Chair Project to help cancer fighters through their recovery

  • Plays varsity lacrosse

  • Active Minds Club Treasurer

Giancarlo Cusimano

Regis High School

New York, NY

  • Cancer survivor

  • Creator of St. Perigrine’s Promises of Hope, which helps kids manage cancer treatments through arts and crafts

  • Valerie Fund Ambassador 

Lillian Hicks

Grimsley Senior High School

Greensboro, NC

  • Two-time cancer survivor

  • National Honors Society member

  • Girl Scout

  • Wants to research opportunities to help pediatric cancer patients in college

Sy Yarad

Summit High School

Summit, NJ

  • Cancer survivor

  • Junior EMT

  • Founder of the Valerie Center Support Group to support elementary students after their cancer treatment

  • Plays varsity field hockey

Congratulations to the 2021 SMAC College Scholarship Winners! 

Conor Reilly

Lehigh University

  • SMAC Alum from Union Catholic High School

  • Developed new SMAC programs such as "Donate a Plate" and "SMAC Tank"

  • Demonstrated his dedication to fighting cancer by making deliveries to the Ronald MacDonald House and Emmanuel Cancer Foundation after graduation

  • Described as embodying "all the qualities one looks for in a leader"

Rene Ramos

Iona College

  • Founder of SMAC chapter at All Hallows High School in the Bronx

  • Helped make SMAC one of the largest volunteer clubs in his high school

  • Served as a liaison to assist new chapters across across the country

  • Described as "a thoughtful, committed individual that embodies everything SMAC stands for."

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 ten graduating high school seniors who have been leaders in the fight against cancer. Scholarship applications for the 2021-22 year will be announced in the fall.

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