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Local college applicants encouraged to apply for Laura’s Legacy Scholarship 

Those impacted by cancer in their life encouraged to submit essay

–With scholarship season in full swing, the caring staff and volunteers of Cancer Support Community-California Central Coast have announced the establishment of the Laura Legacy’s Scholarship in honor of Laura Coats. San Luis Obispo County high school seniors or adult re-entry students with plans to attend college or vocational school for the Fall 2018 semester are encouraged to apply.

Are you a cancer survivor? Has your life been impacted by a family member’s battle with cancer? Write and submit an essay about your experience by May 4 for the chance to win a $1,500 or $500 Laura’s Legacy Scholarship.

“This is the first year of the Laura’s Legacy Scholarship, and her legacy gift will enable us to perpetuate this award to local students for many years,” said CSC Executive Director Shannon D’Acquisto. “Laura and her husband Thom were two of the founders of Cancer Support Community in SLO County, and this scholarship program was made possible by their generous gift, from the Laura Coats and Thom Schulz Memorial Trust. This scholarship is a great fit because Laura had such a passion for Cancer Support Community, for philanthropy, and for being an educator.”

Share your story

Submit a 750 word or less story about your experience no later than May 4, 2018 for the chance win a $1,500 or $500 scholarship. All entries must be the original work of applicant, and applicants must reside in San Luis Obispo County. Open to high school seniors or adult re-entry students enrolling in full-time college or vocational school for the Fall 2018 semester.

Contest judges will look for interesting, engaging essays describing the overall experience of applicants and how surviving cancer or having a family member battle cancer has impacted the applicant’s life and/or educational goals. Email story, with cover letter and form (see website info) to: or fax to (805) 669-3455; one essay per student. For complete contest details and forms, see

“Laura was a beloved teacher and philanthropist who had a soft spot for the Cancer Support Community and for education,” said D’Acquisto. “We are honored to support her legacy by offering the opportunity to be awarded a scholarship. As an English teacher who was loved by many, we could not think of a better way to honor Laura than by offering a scholarship in her name to extend the education of others.”

About Laura Coats

A resident of Templeton, Laura loved education and was a proud graduate of Texas Christian University with a degree in English. Over her lifetime, she taught at Clarkston High School, San Gabriel High School, Mayfield Senior High School, and Mission Prep. Her quest for learning and sharing her knowledge, guidance, and support with others benefited everyone Laura knew.

Laura passed away in December of 2017. Sponsored by the Laura Coats and Thom Schulz Memorial Trust, the Laura’s Legacy Scholarship is set up through Cancer Support Community-California Central Coast.



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