Brian Morden Foundation SCHOLARSHIPs
The Brian Morden Foundation is proud to help students from Brian’s alma mater – the Altoona Area High School in Altoona, PA – with Brian Morden Memorial Scholarships to help pay college tuition. Each year, Brian’s grandmother donates $1000 on his birthday to fund a scholarship. In addition, the foundation awards Brian Morden Foundation Survivor Scholarships to our “BMF kids,” who are pursuing a higher education degree. These scholarship opportunities were expanded in 2021 and may be awarded each year our “BMF kid” is in school and applies.
In February 2021, the BMF Board established another scholarship. Knowing that when a child is diagnosed with cancer it impacts the entire family including siblings, the Brian Morden Foundation Sibling Scholarship was established after the death of 11 year old Kaylee Kruise. The scholarship is in memory of Kaylee Kruise, Amanda Sharer, Kiera Chirdon, Emma Auker, Madison Shura, Eli Garrett, Heather Miller, Dylan Ludwig, Drew Palmer, Blake Krug, and Katie Mills, all Brian Morden Foundation young people who were helped by the BMF during their battle with cancer. Suffice it to say there have been too many Brian Morden Foundation kids who have passed away since the establishment of the Brian Morden Foundation after Brian’s death in 2003.
Brian Morden Memorial Scholarships are also awarded to childhood cancer survivors who are pursuing a post-secondary school degree. These scholarships are open to childhood cancer survivors nationwide.
Addititonally, the Brian Morden Foundation established the Erin Dodson Memorial Scholarship in 2012. Erin Dodson was a wonderful ambassador for the BMF and a delightful human being. Together with her parents, Bernie and Michelle Dodson, the BMF established the Erin Dodson Memorial Scholarship for Altoona Area High School (Altoona, PA) seniors. In 2021, eligibility for Erin’s scholarship was expanded to include seniors graduating from Hollidaysburg (PA) Area High School and Bishop Guilfoyle (Altoona, PA) High School.
Applications will be made available here in January of each year. Click on the links above or use the drop down menu under scholarships.
Brian Morden Foundation ScholarshipsBackground Information
Since 2003, 74 young people have been touched by Brian’s legacy through a Brian Morden Foundation Scholarship. Fifty students have received a Brian Morden Memorial Scholarship of either $500 or $1000 towards their higher education degree. This has been made possible by many including Brian’s Grammy and Poppop who, each year on Brian’s birthday, make a donation so that one more young person can receive a scholarship.
Danica Myers (cancer survivor)
Chris Riopelle (lost his battle to cancer in 2010)
Rocco Catrone (cancer survivor)
Evan West (cancer survivor)
|2010||Amanda Freeman (cancer survivor)
|2011||Griffin Lynch (cancer survivor)
Natalie Seale (cancer survivor)
Kenna Brooke Holtzclaw (cancer survivor)
Hannah Kautz (cancer survivor)
India Dunning (cancer survivor)
Gary Yost, III (cancer survivor)
Kallai Hokanson (cancer survivor)
CJ Mason (cancer survivor)
Isabella Ramirez (cancer survivor)
Aidan Hendrickson (cancer survivor)
Talon Crowther (cancer survivor)
In 2012, the Brian Morden Foundation decided to honor another cancer patient who lost her life in 2011. Erin Dodson was a wonderful ambassador for the BMF and a delightful human being. Together with her parents, Bernie and Michelle Dodson, the BMF established the Erin Dodson Memorial Scholarship for Altoona Area High School seniors. The first Erin Dodson Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Lauren Hippo in May 2012. Winners since 2012:
2013 – Joe Settemio & Shania Feathers shared the scholarship
2014 – Alexis Palfey
20 15 – Chad Allender
2016 – Andrea Parrish & Emily Little shared the scholarship
2017 – Mykenah Massar
2018 – Lindsey Hallinan
2019 – Isabella Zavalanski
2020 – Margaret Fox
2021 – Isabella Frank
A special Brian Morden Foundation Survivor Award was also given in 2013 to one of our own local cancer survivors … Erin Weaver. In 2014, Diana DeBernardis, another local cancer survivor was given this same award. The BMF was happy to award Tyler McCloskey our special survivor award in 2016. In subsequent years we’ve been able to honor more local cancer survivors … Alexis Kensinger, Abigail Fownes, and Ariel Walton (2018), Isaiah Barnes (2019), and Jonah Zolnak, Timothy Boyles and Illana Cecilia graduated in 2020. Cameron Pittman received the award in 2021 and was headed to the military. Noah Wills also graduated in 2021 and will receive the award. Colten Allison is a survivor, but received the Brian Morden Memorial Scholarship in memory of Heather Miller.
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All applications should include 1 letter of recommendation/support (excluding family members) that would attest to your character. Please refer to each individual application for requirements. The applications and supporting information should be postmarked by March 7, 2022.
Complete applications should be submitted by March 7, 2022