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Jake Cavanaugh Memorial Scholarship

The Jake Cavanaugh Memorial Scholarship was established at Northwest Missouri State University by friends of the Cavanaugh family and Northwest alumni Jeff and Karen Gould From to honor the young cancer victim’s spirit.

Cavanaugh, who passed away Dec. 23, 2010, was diagnosed with cancer at age 16, but was determined to continue his classes and graduated from Blue Springs High School in 2007. For two years, Cavanaugh attended the University of Missouri, majoring in dietetics. To stay on track academically, he took classes at the University of Missouri-Kansas City while undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Working with children was enjoyable for Cavanaugh, and he was an integral team member in the daycare at St. John LaLande Catholic Church and also spent time working at Kid’s Country and PrimeTime. This passion remained strong throughout his own treatments, as Cavanaugh spent a lot of time with the young children at Children’s Mercy who were also battling cancer.

The Jake Cavanaugh Memorial Scholarship assists Northwest undergraduate dietetics majors and is based on academic achievement and financial need.
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