Annual Scholarship

The Athletes vs. Crohn’s & Colitis Scholarship is given to a high school athlete
“who has demonstrated qualities consistent with the belief that luck is largely a byproduct of persistence,
hard work, and positive attitude in tough or unfamiliar situations.”

To qualify for consideration, applicants must:

  • Be undergoing treatment for Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis at Cleveland Clinic or Mt. Sinai IBD Clinical Center
  • Be a High School Senior active in athletics
  • Display courage, resiliency, and refusal to let IBD hold them back from reaching their goals

Applicants that meet the qualifications above should express interest in this scholarship with their medical care team, who will communicate with AVC for consideration.



2019 Cleveland Scholarship Awards Dinner

We had the honor of presenting our annual scholarship to 2 very deserving Cleveland Clinic patients who refuse to let IBD hold them back from reaching their goals, both on and off the court!

👉🏼SARAH GRINSTEAD is a senior at West Geauga High school, and was diagnosed with Crohn’s at age 14. Active in soccer, basketball, and 4H, Sarah has been accepted to the Pre-Med program at John Carrol University.

👉🏼MICHAEL DASCENZO is a senior at Canfield High School and was diagnosed with Crohn’s at age 9. Active in football, basketball, and track, Michael plans to continue his studies at Kent State University in hopes of becoming an FBI agent.

Congratulations to Sarah, Michael, and their loving families! We are so proud to have you as a part of the AVC family‼️💕👏🏼

CLICK HERE to see more photos from our scholarship dinner @ Michael Angelo’s Winery.



2018 NYC Athletes vs. Crohn’s Scholarship Dinner

We had the pleasure of awarding the 2018 Athletes vs. Crohn’s and Colitis Scholarship Award to a very deserving young man, HUNTER MORAN.

Hunter is a standout volleyball player at his high school and was diagnosed with Crohn’s at age 13. We couldn’t be prouder to award Hunter with our annual scholarship and are lucky to have him as a part of our AVC family!

Our 2018 AVC Scholarship Award winner – Hunter Moran!
Larry and Noah with the Moran family
Both AVC scholarship honorees, Noah, and Larry with world renowned pediatric GI Marla Dubinksy

CLICK HERE to see more photos from our scholarship dinner.



2017 NYC Athletes vs. Crohn’s Scholarship Winner

We’re so excited to have given out our first scholarship to a very deserving young man! JOE CONTINO, a high school senior football player with Crohn’s disease, has shown incredible grit in his Crohn’s and athletic journey.

Congratulations Joe!

Noah Weber, Larry Nance, Jr. and Joe Contino at the first annual L7 Award and scholarship.
From left: Marla Dubinksy, MD of the Susan and Leonard Feinstein IBD Clinical Center; Larry Nance Jr., Co-founder of AVC; Noah Weber, Co-founder of AVC; Joe Contino, recipient of the L7 award; and Joe’s proud family

CLICK HERE to read a thank you letter from Joe Contino to Athletes vs Crohn’s and Colitis