Marcena Rose Lozano was born with a congenital heart defect on February 7, 1980 in Buffalo, NY.  She faced numerous surgeries, hospitalizations and illness in her lifetime including two heart transplants at the ages of 13 and 23. Despite the challenges and obstacles, she remained focused on completing her education.  Marcena received her angel wings on August 31, 2005 but her amazing spirit lives on in every life she touched.  She attacked each day with an energy that her weakened body could barely keep up with.  The more life threw at her, the deeper she dug to find the strength, courage and determination to live each day to it's fullest.  It is this spirit that we remember, honor and happily share with others.  Awarding this scholarship to deserving organ transplant recipients is Marcena's dream come true!

The Marcena Lozano Donate Life Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to organ transplant recipients based on financial need. Scholarship amounts of $1000-$3000 for the 2018-2019 academic year will be awarded based on funds available. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their award by 8/1/18 (for Fall 2018 admissions) and 12/15/18 (for Spring 2019 admissions)

Applicant Must:
  • be an organ transplant recipient and provide verification letter from physician or transplant coordinator
  • be a resident of NY State or Pennsylvania
  • provide information to prove financial need: (copy of current FAFSA form; tuition bill and financial aid award letter)
  • submit a statement of educational objectives and future life goals
  • submit three (3) letters of recommendation
  • provide a copy of the acceptance letter to an accredited college, university, or trade/technical certificate program, (if an incoming freshman)or an official copy of current transcript if previously enrolled in college
  • use the scholarship award for continuing education in an undergraduate program at an accredited college, university or trade/technical school certificate program during the 2018-2019 academic year (The award will be sent directly to the institution in the student's name).
  • provide a copy of the spring 2019 semester tuition bill for the second half of the award
  • notify us immediately in writing if at any point during the academic year your contact information changes or you take a leave of absence. be an organ transplant recipient and provide verification letter from physician or transplant coordinator