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Scholarships for those affected by CHD

Each year, the CHD Coalition is honored to award scholarships to eligible graduating high-school students. Applicants must have a congenital heart defect or acquired heart disease, and they must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a high-school senior who will be continuing his/her education at an accredited college, technical, vocational or trade school
  • Be a resident of NJ, CT, or Metro NY (Metro NY consists of the 5 boroughs, Long Island, Westchester, or Rockland County)
  • Have a congenital heart defect or acquired heart disease
  • Complete the application and submit it by the deadline

Complete applications are due by April 16, 2024.

Scholarship Description and Requirements
2024 Scholarship Application

2023 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2023 CHD Coalition Scholarship recipients—we wish them success and happiness in their future endeavors!

Sophia Gal

Sophia Gal

Lafayette College

Sophia believes that science and community are stronger together. She aspires to be a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon or cardiologist so she can help children heal through innovative treatments such as she has. She holds dear the knitted hat she received in the hospital as an infant. This inspired her pay it forward. She taught friends how to knit, set up workshops and ultimately delivered over 40 blankets to the pediatric ICU. Sophia is described as "a determined individual that will make a difference in any situation." We wish Sophia all the best in her future as she continues to make a positive impact to the world around her.
Marly Leibman

Marly Leibman

University of South Carolina

Marly has demonstrated a strong sense of serving the community; most notably she set up a Buddy Program for kids undergoing open heart surgey so that they have the opportunity to talk to other teens who have similar experiences.
She is described as "truly incredible...having faced many challenges and has responded with grace and determination... the kind of student you don’t forget." Marly is interested in pursuing a career in the hospitality field. We wish her all the best in her future.

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