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Student of the Year 2021 Candidate

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Western & Central New York Chapter

When: Campaign Workshop: December 2020
Campaign Kick Off: February 6, 2021
Grand Finale Celebration: March 26, 2021

What: Students of the Year (SOY) is a philanthropic leadership development program during which students foster professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing, and project management in order to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The title Student(s) of the Year is awarded to the candidate or co-candidates in each community who raises the most funds during the seven-week competition.

Who: Candidates are highly-motivated high school leaders leading a multigenerational team. Students may compete individually or as a team of two or three co-candidates. Team members can be fellow classmates, family members or friends who are passionate about the Mission of LLS.

Why: Teams raise money in honor of a young patient hero who is currently battling or is in remission from a blood cancer. This campaign offers visibility and recognition within the community, ensuring that candidates stand out when preparing for college and beyond.

The candidate or candidate that earn the title Student(s) of the Year will receive a $2,500 (total) scholarship towards the college or university of his/her choice. Participating candidates are also eligible to apply for the Mission and Citizenship scholarship(s).

How: Candidates will form and lead a team to help fundraising strategy planning and communications. Along with their own websites, candidates and teammates receive guidance from LLS staff and mentors to develop and execute an action plan to reach their personal fundraising goal. Suggested fundraising methods include: letter writing/E-mail campaign, personal asks, and corporate sponsorships.

Apply Online: studentsoftheyear.org
Learn more by contacting daryl.rakosy@lls.org

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About Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Western & Central New York Chapter


4043 Maple Road, Amherst, NY 14226, US

Mission Statement

The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

We work tirelessly to find cures and ensure patients can access the lifesaving treatments they need. When someone experiences the fear and uncertainty of a blood cancer diagnosis, we provide hope, compassion, education and support. Our impact is felt beyond blood cancer. The breakthrough treatments we helped advance for blood cancers are now improving the lives of people affected by many types of cancer.


Volunteers are our partners in the crusade to end cancer.

In 2017, LLS volunteers made a significant impact while selflessly dedicating their time and talent to achieve our mission. With countless ways to engage, from fundraising to providing patient support, our volunteers are changing the landscape of cancer.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Western & Central New York Chapter serves residents who have been touched by one of the blood cancers: leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

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We'll work with your schedule.


4043 Maple Road Suite 105Buffalo, NY 14226




  • Teens


  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • 7 weeks of fundraising and one winter workshop.
  • Must be a current high school student in the Western & Central New York area

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