Nancy Cornelius Scholarship Fund

Team Telomere’s Core Founder, Nancy Cornelius, had a vision that “no one should ever be alone.” Throughout her life with a Telomere Biology Disorder (TBD), she lived with hope and courage while igniting a community that continues to grow and connect. Nancy helped to build our vision; to see a world where every person impacted by Telomere Biology Disorders, including the affected individuals, caregivers, researchers and clinicians - have accessible care, community, and resources, with the goal of positively changing the course of this disease, driving toward improved treatments, and ultimately one day a cure. Shortly before her passing, she funded a college scholarship for those affected by TBDs. We are honored to continue offering this scholarship in her name year after year to our community.


Team Telomere awards one (1) $1,000 scholarship per academic year. Applications for 2024 will open in the summer of 2024. Applicants must be a U.S. resident and a community member of Team Telomere*; whether that be a patient, caregiver, or other family member. We encourage those of any age who are attending college either online or in-person to apply. There is no exclusion for minimum credits.

A 500-word essay explaining how the scholarship will impact the applicant must be submitted with the application. Additionally, our Diagnosis Verification form is also required upon submission. If you are a non-patient community member applying, the Diagnosis Verification form is required from the TBD patient you are connected with, to be submitted with your application.

*scholarship priority will be given to patients affected by a TBD

NCSF Committee

Dr. Sharon Savage, NCI and MAB
Dr. Timothy Olson, CHOP and MAB
Kendall Davis, PRA Health Sciences and Board Member
Maggie Rowe, Education Liaison
Charlie Cornelius, son of Nancy Cornelius

2023 Recipient

Congratulations to our 2023 NSCF recipient, Ewan Laplante!
Thank you to the Cornelius Family for graciously funding this scholarship.

Read Ewan’s essay here.

Apply Here