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East End-Based Breast Health Coalition Establishes Scholarship For High School Seniors

Nicole Barylski

The scholarship is open to high school seniors that reside in and attend Riverhead, Mattituck, Southold, Greenport or Shelter Island high schools. (Photo Courtesy of North Fork Breast Health Coalition)

The North Fork Breast Health Coalition is commemorating the season of giving and the end of the year by introducing a new scholarship program to support local high school seniors who have had a parent or guardian diagnosed with breast cancer.

"We are very excited about expanding our services with this new scholarship program. This is a chance to help a teenager whose life may have been significantly changed by breast cancer in the immediate family," said Shannon Reitz, who serves on the NFBHC board of directors and spearheaded the program.

Through the North Fork Breast Health Coalition Scholarship, the non-profit organization will aid with the recipients' costs of their education beyond high school. The scholarship is open to high school seniors that reside in and attend Riverhead, Mattituck, Southold, Greenport or Shelter Island high schools.

To be considered, students must fill out the scholarship application and submit an essay entailing the impact of breast cancer on his or her life, which should cover how the occurrence may have affected the student's activities, interests or even career path. It should also include how acquiring a degree or certificate may shape his or her future.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2021.

The North Fork Breast Health Coalition, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that supports local breast-cancer patients, was founded in 1998 by Ann Cotten-DeGrasse and her late husband, Antonio. The group provides programs such as Helping Hand grants, as well as free services such as gentle yoga, which is available through Zoom.

For more information visit www.northforkbreasthealth.org or email nfbreasthealth@gmail.com.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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