The Cynthia W. Colangelo Award for Breast Cancer Awareness supports students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who are actively involved in the fight against breast cancer through community service and activities.
The Colangelo Award was established by the late Cynthia Louise Welsh Colangelo, who passed away at the age of 55 on August 27, 2013 after a long and courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. Cindy was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and was a proud graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Sociology. A resident of Carrollton, Texas, with her husband and two sons, Cindy was well-known for her far-reaching community service efforts. After working in the corporate world for many years, Cindy returned full-time to her passion for helping other people. She served on the boards and as director of a number of local non-profit organizations. Through her efforts as a speaker with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Speakers Bureau, Cindy became an accomplished speaker whose presentations always left her audiences deeply moved. Despite her small stature, Cindy was larger than life. She had a huge heart, and that is why she chose to create this award for students in UF’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Though Cindy eventually lost her battle to breast cancer, she wanted her efforts to continue through recognition of students who continue the struggle against this deadly disease.
Both undergraduate and graduate students can apply for the awards. The deadline for applications is February 23 of each year. All applications, including your vita and essay, must be submitted together by the deadline.
Please submit complete applications electronically to Arlene Williams in the Dean’s Office by the deadline. Only emailed submissions will be accepted.
For more information, contact Associate Dean Mary Watt.