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2019 Deana's Wish Memorial Scholarship



NEW Applicants: please check here in January 2019.

Returning Applicants: please check here in January 2019.

Application Deadline:  postmarked by March 1, 2019.

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

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 2019-2020 academic year

Maintained a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0.

SAT score of at least 1500 or/an ACT score of at least 21.

Provide one or more letters of recommendations

Essay topic for new applicants:  "How your life has been affected by these cancers".
Essay topic for returning applicants please Click Here.

Submit a video via email of the applicant reading his/her essay or mail essay with application.
("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 offical and sealed envelope.  (they may be sent direct from your school)
  • Email your video of applicant reading the essay - optional.
  • Essay:  typed one-page or email a video of applicant reading essay
  • At least one letter of recommendation
  • Letter from a medical doctor confirming type of cancer and connection to applicant
  • Copy of Death Certificate
  • Copy of your FASFA

23 deserving students received scholarships in 2017!

Complete and submit an application to the DLH Foundation by March 1, 2019.

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

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

Claremont McKenna College * Clemson University * Creighton University * CSU Humboldt * Iowa State University * Mercy College of Health Sciences * Palomar College * Quinnipiac University * South Dakota State University * St. Olaf College * Stanford University * UC Berkeley * UC Los Angeles * UC Santa Barbara * UC Santa Cruz * University of Arkansas * University of Central Florida * University of Georgia * University of Massachusetts * University of North Texas * University of South Florida * University of Washington * Western New England 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