Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

When do local Students of the Year campaigns take place?

Each LLS chapter designates a 7-week period between January and Memorial Day Weekend in which their local campaign will be held. Contact your local chapter for timing in your community by clicking on the Find A Campaign button and entering your zip code.

What kind of students make good candidates?

Students of the Year candidates are high school students who are interested in and enthusiastic about volunteerism, philanthropy, community outreach, and leadership. The campaign not only offers visibility in the community and local media, but also demonstrates candidates’ excellence in leadership and community engagement for college applications and professional resumes.

How do I nominate a candidate? May I nominate myself?

Simply visit the Nominate a Candidate page and follow the directions. Self-nominations are welcome. Someone from LLS will get back to you to discuss the nominee's qualifications for Students of the Year. If you're not ready to nominate someone but would like more information, please email StudentsoftheYear@lls.org 

How and when can I donate to someone's campaign?

Donations to a candidate's campaign may begin at campaign kickoff and continue throughout the 7-week period. Just click on the Donate button and follow the instructions to find a candidate's fundraising page. If you prefer not to donate online, you may also write a check payable to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and give/mail it directly to the candidate, or send it to your local chapter (be sure to add your candidate's name and "Students of the Year" to the memo line so they'll receive credit for your donation).

How is the money raised through Students of the Year campaign used?

Funds raised from the Students of the Year campaign help find cures and ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.

  • LLS funds research to advance breakthrough therapies for blood cancer patients.
  • LLS is the leading source of free blood cancer information, education and patient support.
  • LLS is the voice for blood cancer patients and survivors today.

May I participate in Students of the Year without actually being a candidate?

Yes. There are a number of ways for people to participate in the campaign without being a candidate. You can join a candidate's campaign team as a fundraising team member, or by nominating a candidates.  Companies or businesses can partner with local campaigns or candidate teams by sponsoring unique components of the campaign.  To see more about these opportunities, click on the Get Involved button at the top of this page.

How can I find out more information about Students of the Year in my area?

Use the Find A Campaign button above to visit your local campaign website for more information or simply email StudentsoftheYear@lls.org 

When are the Winners announced?

Local winners are announced at the end of their campaign's 7-week period at the Grand Finale Celebration.