Northwestern Mutual: Dedicates more than $400,000 to childhood cancer survivors and siblings through annual scholarship program

MILWAUKEE, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The costly treatment associated with childhood cancer can lead to long-term financial challenges, including questions of how to afford higher education. Northwestern Mutual is committed to helping children and families affected by this disease achieve their college dreams. The company, through its Foundation, today announced the 2020 Childhood Cancer Survivor and Sibling Scholarship program recipients and opened its application process for the 2021 program.

“Families impacted by childhood cancer are facing even greater financial and emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Eric Christophersen, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “We believe these factors shouldn’t stand in the way of college dreams. Now, more than ever, Northwestern Mutual is proud to support students who have overcome childhood cancer challenges as they pursue higher education.”

The scholarship program was developed to alleviate the financial strain on families that often results from expensive cancer treatments by helping to fund school tuition and fees. Forty-three students, the largest cohort to date, have each been awarded a $5,000 renewable scholarship (for a total of $10,000) through this year’s program. Each recipient has been affected by childhood cancer, either as a survivor or sibling.

The complete list of 2020 Childhood Cancer Survivor and Sibling Scholarship recipients is included below.

2020 Survivor Scholarship Recipients
Abigail Davis; IndianaLipscomb University
Abigail Pribisova; New MexicoUniversity of New Mexico
Adam Gregg; WashingtonUniversity of Oregon
Andrew Felsted; UtahBrigham Young University – Idaho
Ava Mortier; CaliforniaBarnard College
Danica Nolton; IowaLuther College
Daniel Krekoska; ConnecticutProvidence College
David Kotter; UtahBrigham Young University
Elizabeth Kuhlmann; WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Griffin Rost; CaliforniaUtah Valley University
Hailey Combs; KentuckyUniversity of Kentucky
Harry Heiberger; MassachusettsMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Jocelyn Shipman; NebraskaUniversity of Nebraska at Kearney
Johnny Kirkpatrick; KentuckyUniversity of Kentucky
Kaitlin Gartrell; OregonPepperdine University
Kate Pierson; UtahBrigham Young University – Idaho
Kimberly Peacock; MontanaUniversity of Montana
Maeve Smart; New YorkNortheastern University
Michelle Dong; OhioCornell University
Raquel Baskin; PennsylvaniaPenn State University
Rhea Jansen; WashingtonGonzaga University
Samantha Smith; OhioCleveland State University
Sana Moezzi; CaliforniaUniversity of San Diego
Thomas Horst; IdahoGrand Canyon University
Wacim Benyoucef; ColoradoUniversity of Colorado Boulder
2020 Sibling Scholarship Recipients
Annie Voss; WisconsinSt. Catherine University
Audrey Sylvester; IllinoisUniversity of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Conrad Gregg; WashingtonUniversity of Oregon
Ethan Salmeron; CaliforniaLoyola Marymount University
Hannah Bhar; ArizonaNorthland Pioneer College
Hannah Shell; New YorkHarvard University
Joshua Amato; OhioShawnee State University
Kaelynn Chandler; IdahoBrigham Young University – Idaho
Kristen Caldwell; MaineGeorge Washington University
Lauren Witt; KentuckyUniversity of Kentucky
Levi Hancock; OhioBrigham Young University
Madeline Kling; ColoradoColorado State University
Maria Gregg; WashingtonSanta Clara University
Nick Shininger; WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin – Whitewater
Preston Gunter; WyomingBridgerland Applied Technology College
Sarah McKenna; WashingtonPepperdine University
Shaddi Abdala; FloridaEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Trent Kingsbury; South DakotaUniversity of South Dakota

Applications for the 2021 scholarship program are open now through Feb. 1, 2021. Selection results are expected by May 2021. To learn more and apply, visit:

To date, Northwestern Mutual has supported 113 scholars and contributed more than $900,000 through its Childhood Cancer Scholarship Program. The program is administered through Scholarship America, an organization dedicated to developing scholarship solutions for student success.

This year, Northwestern Mutual donated $300,000 to support the rapidly changing needs of families battling childhood cancer. Funding assisted families with essential grocery and travel expenses, in addition to bringing virtual childhood cancer camps to kids nationwide. 

Since 2012, Northwestern Mutual’s Childhood Cancer Program has focused on advancing childhood cancer research, providing family and patient support and serving as a resource to families managing the long-term effects of cancer treatment. With the support of Northwestern Mutual employees and financial advisors nationwide, the company has contributed more than $30 million and funded over 400,000 hours of research through the program.