Your health can pay for college

Elika Roohi
Feb. 22, 2011

Your parents always told you to eat your fruits and vegetables.  But did they tell you that eating right and exercising might help you pay for college?

Living a healthy life provides a lot of benefits, and some of those benefits come in the form of college scholarships.

There are scholarships offered to students who previously had cancer and are healthy now.  The American Cancer Society offers an annual scholarship to young cancer survivors.

“Last year, the scholarship was awarded to 64 students across our 12 states,” said Lisa Bade, a spokeswoman for ACS.  The amount awarded in scholarships last year was $205,000.

The scholarship is open to students living in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming, and were diagnosed with cancer at a young age.

“It’s possible to win from $2,500 to $10,000” Bade said.

UAF offers scholarships to student athletes and students pursing careers in health, according to Julie Parshall, the associate director in the financial aid office.

There are also scholarships offered to students who just lead healthy lives.

Stay Fit Ltd. offers a “Healthy Lifestyles Scholarship” of $5,000.  The scholarship is open to high school seniors and college freshman.  Applicants must write a 1,000 word answer to the question “Why is a healthy lifestyle important in school,” and describe their career plans, goals, and personal ambitions in under 500 words, according to FastWeb, an online scholarship website.

The application must be submitted by April 30, and the award will be given to the student that provides the most comprehensive answers to the essay questions.

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