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2020 Deana's Wish Memorial Scholarship - Returning Applicants

Check back in January 2020 for the application.

Application Deadline:  postmarked by March 1, 2020.

The Deana's Wish Memorial Scholarship is a private scholarship program established by the DLH Foundation in memory of Deana LaRae Hamilton Hughes. The program annually grants scholarships of up to $2,000 to college students affected by gastro-esophageal cancers in their families.  

The DLH Foundation's mission is to Create A Community for A Cure for Gastro-esophageal Cancers. We provide the Deana's Wish Memorial Scholarship to college students affected by these cancers in their families.

Please read these instructions carefully before completing the application.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

Returning Applicant has been diagnosed with, or have an immediate family member (spouse, parent, grandparent, sibling or child) who has been affected by esophageal or stomach cancer?

U.S. Citizen entering or continuing college in the 2020-2021 academic year

Maintained a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0.

Provide one or more letters of recommendations

Essay topic for returning applicants:   “What do you plan to do as a DLH Foundation Ambassador to
raise awareness about gastro-esophageal cancer and the Deana’s Wish Memorial Scholarship.”

Email a video of the applicant reading his/her essay.
("Deana" is pronounced "Dee-nuh")

Application Requirements:

Applications are complete and valid only when ALL documents have been submitted.
Please do not staple documents together.  Incomplete applications will be disqualified.  
Before you mail your application package, verify that you have enclosed the following information:

  • Application
  • Official transcript(s) in an official and sealed envelope.  (May be sent direct from your school)
  • Email the video of applicant reading the essay - OPTIONAL
  • Essay:  typed one-page, single spaced, include name and title
  • At least one letter of recommendation
  • Copy of your FASFA

20 deserving students received scholarships in 2018!

Complete and submit an application to the DLH Foundation by March 1, 2020.

Questions?  Contact Denise Ross at (760) 705-3055 or

Schools attended by Deana's Wish Memorial Scholarship recipients include:

Chamberlain University * East Tennessee State University * Florida Atlantic University * Illinois State University * Louisana Tech University * National Park College *  South Dakota State University * Texas A & M University * University of California, Los Angeles * University of California, Santa Barbara * University of California, Santa Cruz * University of Central Florida * University of Maine * University of Massachuesetts * University of Minnesota * University of South Florida * University of Southern Maine * University of Wisconsin * West Virginia University 

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    The DLH Foundation

    221 W. Crest Street, Suite 300

    Escondido, California 92025

    (760) 705-3055

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    The DLH Foundation has Tax-Exempt Status as a Private Operating Foundation described in Sections 501(c)(3) and 4942(j)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, making contributions tax-deductible for federal tax purposes. Federal Tax ID No. 26-4540063