Calling All High School Students


New Students of the Year Campaign

Diverse Young AdultsMore than one million Americans are living with a blood cancer and every three minutes one person in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer. To better support its mission to find cures for blood cancer patients, and ensure access to treatments, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is launching its first-ever Students of the Year fundraising competition, enlisting compassionate high school students (from public or private schools on Long Island) to raise funds for blood cancer research and cures.

Candidates must form teams of three or more members to help with planning, fundraising, and logistics of the campaign. Every candidate must have an “Adult Sponsor” who will serve as a mentor or campaign manager throughout the campaign. LLS staff will provide fundraising materials and support throughout the campaign.

The candidate who raises the most money at the end of the six weeks is named Student of the Year. The winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship. In addition, three students will be selected to receive a Citizenship Award of $500 each based on their campaign’s commitment to community, leadership and the LLS mission.

Prospective candidate Clara Leyendecker wants to participate in Students of the Year to honor her dad, a leukemia survivor. She said, “The opportunity to participate in the Students of the Year campaign is not only amazing because you are able to help save lives, but when it comes to applying for colleges it can really make you stand out from the pack. I am applying to college now and know this will strengthen my application.”

The campaign will kick off on Feb. 9, 2017 and will culminate with an awards ceremony on March 23.

A Campaign Preview Night will be held for any interested candidates on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the LLS Office at 3 Huntington Quadrangle, Suite 202S, Melville.

Visit for an application. Any questions or to RSVP, call 631-370-7535 or email Deadline to apply is Oct. 21.

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