Jeff Apodaca, Celebration of Life understands the unique challenges kids with cancer must overcome in order to triumph over their illness.  The Jeff Apodaca, Celebration of Life Scholarship gives them a start on a new future-a good education.

Twenty-eight years ago, with the help of UNM Children's Hospital, Jeff Apodaca won the battle against a rare and malignant form of soft muscle sarcoma. Community partners, Jeff and his family sponsor the annual "Celebration of Life" Gala fundraiser at which the annual scholarship(s) is awarded.

The Jeff Apodaca, Celebration of Life event celebrates the bright future of kids like Jeff who have battled for their lives, and have gone on to pursue their education and careers.

Jeff Apodaca, Celebration of Life will offer scholarship(s) through the Jeff Apodaca, Celebration of Life Fund. A committee consisting of two to three Jeff Apodaca, Celebration of Life Committee members, one UNM Hospitals Development Office Staff member and representatives of the scholarship sponsor will select the awardees.

$5000 - Tuition and Books - Get started on your future!

Selection will be based, in part, on the following criteria:

  • Completed and signed application form by deadline date: October 1, 2008
    Return forms to: dacodding@salud.unm.edu.
    Fax: 505.277.5687 or mail to UNMH Development Office, 700 Lomas NE,
    Two Woodward Center Drive, Albuquerque NM 87102
  • Must be attending a New Mexico college or university of higher education (four-year program)
  • New Mexico resident
  • Meet entrance requirements for their school of choice.

The Scholarship(s) will be awarded at the JEFF APODACA, CELEBRATION OF LIFE Gala each year. The 2007 event will be held September 28, 2007 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Winner must be present at the gala to accept the award and will be notified one week prior to the event.

Jeff Apodaca Celebration of Life Scholarship Application