Renee was a graduate of Cleveland Heights High (1997), and a graduate of The Ohio State University (2002). With a heart full of service, Renee joined Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority, Inc on May 15,1999 and was designated the name "Logic". She remained a lifelong member of the sorority and loved her sisters dearly. Renee established several tight bonds with many members over the years who helped her through her trials and tribulations.
Renee is the mother of 2 wonderful teenage daughters, Tashara and Leah. She was recently blessed to marry the man of her dreams, Ryan Bolden. In addition to traveling and doing art & crafts, Renee loved bowling. She participated in several leagues winning tournaments that resulted in trophies & scholarships. She was an avid learner and financially conscious person always ready to help someone else in need.
In September 2017, she was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. She underwent surgery a week later followed by chemotherapy. In April of 2018, Renee was able to proudly express to the world that she was cancer free. However, by the beginning of 2019 the cancer had returned, and Renee resumed chemo treatment. However, she didn't let that stop her from what she loved. Renee continued traveling, serving her community and church as well as spending time with her family, friends and sorority sisters. She had even became active again in the sorority helping start the organization's first ever virtual group, Sanguine and Pearls VAC in March 2020. As a founding member, Renee held the office of Treasurer and still managed to complete MORE than the required amount of service hours for active membership despite the progression of her illness.
In September 2020, Renee went into hospice and eventually took her last breath after a long fight with ovarian cancer. Renee Bennett-Bolden was a beautiful, strong, and optimistic woman who gave her all with grace, even to the end of her journey.
This scholarship is dedicated to her memory and prior love for supporting students during their educational journey. It is also meant to highlight how young adults can be profoundly impacted by an unexpected diagnosis of this magnitude. We want to inspire them to persevere like Renee and keep pushing forward because their story does not end there and legacies can still be made.
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The RBB Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a deserving young female adult who is either a cancer survivor or has been significantly impacted by the cancer diagnosis & experience of at least one parent/guardian. The applicant must be degree seeking at an accredited institution, demonstrate a financial need and complete an application form of request. This award is open to U.S citizens 17-26 years of age each year.
Award Amount: Up to $2,500 USD
Donations Accepted: All Year (Individual/Sponsorship)
Applications Open: August 1st
Application Deadline: December 15th
Other Considerations: Applicant must commit to using the scholarship award during the academic year of receipt.
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