Boxercraft (PPAI 159420) has announced the winner of its annual Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer Scholarship essay contest. Diana Garnett, a senior at the University of Arizona majoring in business management, is the recipient of the $2,000 scholarship.

Garnett lost her father to pancreatic cancer when she was 16 years old. She says that it was her father who inspired her to work hard in school and strive for excellence. “It had always been his dream for me to attend and graduate from college. Education had always been incredibly important to him, and I share this belief with him. As a result of losing my father, I looked for outside scholarships to help fund my education. When I came across the Boxercraft Scholarship, I immediately connected with it and could not be more thankful to put this money towards my education and live out my father's dream for me."

Shelley Foland, CEO of Boxercraft, adds, “Diana’s essay really moved our hearts as we know first-hand how difficult it is to lose someone close to you to this disease. Boxercraft is proud to be able to help Diana achieve her educational goals in honor of her late father. Diana is truly a remarkable young woman with an incredible future ahead of her.”

Atlanta, Georgia-based Boxercraft created the Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer Scholarship essay contest in 2017 to honor the memory of Tod Rastello, the supplier’s former vice president of sales, who passed away in 2016 following a long fight against the disease. This scholarship honors a current or upcoming college student who has personally battled pancreatic cancer or has a family member that was or is affected by it. This is the second year the scholarship has been awarded.