Marie Zielinski Memorial Scholarship


The Marie Zielinski Memorial Scholarship was established to honor her life by supporting the financial needs of young adults undergoing active treatment or recent active treatment for cancer and seeking to obtain a degree in higher education.



This scholarship seeks to honor the applicant who has persevered in the face of an ongoing battle with cancer and the side effects of treatment and best demonstrates the courage, determination, and dedication Marie displayed as she fought through her disease to attain her degree and with it, touch many lives in a short time.



The applicant must be a cancer survivor or currently diagnosed with cancer. The applicant does not need to be currently receiving treatment to qualify.
Applicant must meet the following requirements to apply:

  • U.S. Citizen (proof required)
  • Legal resident of Illinois (proof required)
  • Must have received cancer diagnosis between the ages of 17 to 30.(May include initial or secondary diagnosis, relapse, or active treatment.)
  • Currently a high school senior, or already in college, and have a GPA of at least 2.0 (based on a 4.0 scale).
  • Must be accepted to and or attend the University of St. Francis for undergraduate education.


The family of Marie Zielinski wishes to establish the Marie Zielinski Memorial Scholarship to keep her memory alive and the memory of what she accomplished notwithstanding her cancer diagnosis. It is our hope that her life may be an inspiration to others facing a diagnosis of cancer and that this scholarship will encourage others who are battling cancer to persevere even in the face of illness. The Marie Zielinski Memorial Scholarship will remain in perpetuity at USF to support students in similar circumstances. Gifts to enhance the scholarship fund may be sent to the University of St. Francis Advancement Office.