The Tracey Gamer-Fanning Memorial Scholarship

"Tracey Gamer-Fanning was an amazing woman who led an incredible life while living with a Brain Tumor. She exemplified what true living should be, and even better, what giving back really means. Tracey loved community and she loved food and we are delighted to announce The Tracey Gamer Fanning Memorial Scholarship.

This scholarship will support Connecticut students of all levels who are affected by brain tumors, either directly or through their immediate family, and who desire to expand their knowledge in the food industry. These individuals could be chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, food scientists, food manufacturers, food chemists or entrepreneurs with a clear course of study in the industry. Join us today, plant a seed and grow a new sense of hope in memory of her and for the hope that you just can't stop believin." - Greg Shimer

The Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance, Inc. is pleased to offer the Tracey Gamer Fanning Memorial Scholarship, founded in 2019 by Greg Shimer with generous contributions from family, friends, and community members, to honor the life and legacy of Tracey Gamer-Fanning. 


Applicants must meet all of the requirements listed below.

  1. Must be a (1) brain tumor survivor or a patient recently diagnosed with a brain tumor or (2) an immediate family member of someone living with a brain tumor. 
  2. Must desire to pursue a career as a chef, restaurateur, farmer, food scientist, food manufacturer, food chemist or entrepreneur with a clear course of study in the industry and be currently enrolled in an accredited institution or entering in the semester following the award. 
  3. Must be a Connecticut resident and US citizen. 
  4. Must have demonstrated financial need.

 The CTBTA will begin accepting applications beginning on Friday, January 31, 2020

  • Application Deadline:  All applications must be postmarked/timestamped by March 2, 2020.
  • Award Notification Date:  Scholarship recipient(s) will be notified by mail beginning April 17, 2020.


All applications must include the following:

  • Complete the application form.
  • Copy of college transcript.  If you are an incoming freshman, please provide a copy of your course registration.
  • Resume including list of volunteerism or advocacy on behalf of brain tumor patients and their caregivers.
  • A brief, typed statement about how your brain tumor journey has shaped, changed, and/or reinforced the principles by which you live your life.  Please also comment on how you have used or plan to use your brain tumor experience to positively impact the lives of others. 
  • Signed Authorization Statements. 
  • A brief typed explanation of your current financial situation, how your brain tumor experience has increased your financial need, and how you will use the money if awarded.


Please mail completed application to:

The Tracey Gamer-Fanning Memorial Scholarship
c/o The Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance, Inc.
P.O. Box 370514
West Hartford, Connecticut 06137 

Note:  Please do not send applications via certified mail.  You may email your application (as an alternative to mailing it) as a PDF file to  Please include all sections in one file.

Application Deadline

All applications must be postmarked/time-stamped by March 2, 2020.

Award Notification Date

Scholarship recipient(s) will be notified by mail beginning April 17, 2020.


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