A new Frostburg State University scholarship has its roots on a dark day in the life of Dr. Cindy Herzog, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, but when it is endowed, it will have the potential to brighten the lives of students and those whose lives they touch.
“April 7, 2005, I got the phone call that I was ‘cancer positive,’” Herzog said. “Up until that point I hadn’t had any major medical issues. All of a sudden I was hit with the c-word.”
The scholarship has been dubbed The Herzog Family Scholarship, in honor of her parents and sister. It was they who provided her with such complete support while she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
Created with Herzog’s pledge of $10,000, when it is endowed, the scholarship will benefit students from any major, either undergraduate or graduate, who have an interest in the campaign against cancer, whether it’s research, treatment, advocacy for patients and families or fundraising.
The seed for the scholarship was planted after her diagnosis, when Herzog was encouraged to become involved in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life held at FSU every spring, in which FSU students, faculty and staff raise tens of thousands of dollars each year to fight cancer and raise awareness of cancer prevention, treatment and support. She was highly impressed by the effort.
“I feel very blessed with my treatment and to be alive. I’ve also been very blessed to receive education and some scholarships along the way,” she said. “I wanted to give back to some students having need.”
It was the diversity of interests among the students involved in Relay for Life that also encouraged her broad-based approach to the distribution of the scholarship. Each student had a different story and a different reason for being involved. Relay for Life is more than a fundraising effort: It’s designed to give hope, comfort and encouragement and to raising the profile of cancer-related issues.
“I wanted to make it really open,” she said of the broad base of majors that can qualify for this scholarship. “I didn’t want it to be exclusive.”
Herzog also has made a bequest benefitting the Herzog Family Scholarship through the Old Main Society, a group for those who have decided to support FSU through their estate planning. If her estate is not needed to care for her parents or her sister, who are her first priority, she wanted to make sure it supported causes she cared about.
The FSU Foundation has embarked upon a $15 million comprehensive campaign, Staking Our Claim: The Campaign for Frostburg, to raise badly needed funding for higher education in Western Maryland. Gifts support student enrichment, academic enrichment and regional and cultural enrichment. For more information about supporting FSU, visit foundation.frostburg.edu or call 301-687-4161 or 1-866-241-3296, toll free.