Congratulations to the 2021 recipient, Sarah Simonsen.
Thank you to the Cornelius Family for graciously funding this scholarship.

Read Sarah’s essay here.


Scholarship Fund

Dyskeratosis Congenita Outreach’s Founder, Nancy Cornelius had a vision that “No one should ever be alone”. Twelve years ago she ignited a community that continues to grow and connect. Nancy fought Dyskeratosis Congenita with hope and courage. Shortly before her passing, she funded a college scholarship for children and young adults with Telomere Biology Disorders. Nancy thrived while giving everything she had to science and our community.

Team Telomere is pleased to present the inaugural year of the Nancy Cornelius Scholarship Fund.


1 $1000.00 scholarship will be awarded per annual school year. Application opens up July 1, 2021 and closes July 31, 2021 11:59pm ET. Applicant must be a U.S resident. Applicant must be a community member of Team Telomere, attending college either online or in-person. There is no exclusion for minimum credits. A 500-word essay explaining how the scholarship will impact the applicant must be submitted by July 31, 2021. Applicants will be notified September 1, 2021.

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


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