In an effort to support children battling life-threatening illnesses, and promote post-secondary education, KidsRStrong2 (KRS2) recently awarded three young people with scholarships.
Maddison Stafford of Manvel High School, Emrene Sadek of Clear Horizons High School, and Ederson Delice of Dekaney High School all were inaugural recipients of the Mikayla’s Scholars Scholarship, which is named in honor of Mikayla Quindoy.
Mikayla was a 7-year old who battled a rare form of brain cancer, DIPG, and passed away after less than a year of being diagnosed. She had big dreams for herself, and loved learning, which is why the organization found it fitting to name the scholarship in her honor.
The three recipients of the Mikayla’s Scholars Scholarship are currently enrolled at University of Houston, Texas A&M University at Galveston, and Lone Star College. Madison and Emrene are both survivors of cancer, while Ederson is currently enduring a battle with the disease.
“I have never had more purpose in my life than I have now after my experience with cancer. I was determined to not let it bring me down, and now with amazing organizations like KidsRStrong2, I can make my goals a reality,” said Sadek.
“Post-secondary education is extremely important to me. I believe that all children should have the opportunity to go to their college of choice, to assist them with developing into outstanding citizens and leaders. My love for kids, especially those battling a life-threatening disease, coupled with my passion for higher education, made it a no brainer for KRS2 to support young adults in this manner,” said President and Founder of KidsRStrong2, Tomika Gamble. “We are thankful for the opportunity to help our local children reach their goals, and look forward to supporting even more students.”
To support the efforts of KidsRStrong2, as they support those in need, visit www.krs2.org.