The Susanna and Lucy DeLaurentis Charitable Foundation Scholarship

The Lucy and Susanna DeLaurentis Memorial Scholarships are awarded in memory of Susanna DeLaurentis, who died of cancer at age 10 after spending half her life in cutting-edge experimental treatments, and her older sister Lucy, who died on her 29th birthday from complications of cystic fibrosis. Though Susanna missed one entire academic year and large chunks of her other three school years, she kept pace with her classmates by working diligently with tutors while recovering from her treatments. Her spunk, generosity, selfless compassion for the needs of others notwithstanding her own dire condition, and her constant good cheer inspired her former teachers to establish a research and scholarship fund in honor of her courage, compassion, and commitment to learning. Lucy completed her college degree despite recurring hospitalizations and declining health, never letting her disease and prognosis dampen her spirit, despite the loss of her soulmate, Susanna. Scholarships are awarded to candidates who best exemplify Lucy’s and Susanna’s ironclad determination and quiet, upbeat fortitude in the face of extraordinary challenges.

Annual Amount


Additional Selection Criteria

The Susanna and Lucy DeLaurentis Memorial Scholarships are awarded each year to college-bound high school seniors with superior academic and extracurricular achievements who contend with a chronic disease or other serious challenge to physical or mental health. Honorees are selected by an independent committee of evaluators, and are announced in May, allowing time for presentation at awards ceremonies if appropriate.

Application Process


Applications must be received by the third Friday in April. Awards will be announced during the first week of May. An application form accompanies this notice. Applicants must submit a brief statement of their health condition, how they have managed to excel notwithstanding the condition, and their plans for advanced education after high school. As much information as possible about the applicant’s academic standing and achievements—including GPA, standardized test scores, and class standing—and about the applicant’s participation in extracurricular or community activities should be submitted with the applicant’s statement, along with at least one letter of recommendation from a member of the faculty or administration familiar with the applicant and his or her condition. Email submission is preferred; send to Mailed submissions should be sent to SDCF, 7616 Mountain Avenue, Elkins Park, PA 19027. Applications should include all information, formatted as provided in the instructions.


April 21, 2023

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