Student Scholarship Program - 2020 Awardees

Scholarship Program

The Histiocytosis Association is honored to provide a scholarship program for those impacted by histiocytic disorders in the United States. The initial launch of the program was in 2019 with the awarding of (3) $500 scholarships. In 2020, the program expanded to include (1) $4,625 award (provided by 10% of the proceeds of the Histio Hike Shenandoah event) and was given in honor of our Founder, Jeffrey Toughill. In addition (2) $1,000 scholarships were awarded.

We hope to continue to expand upon this program in the future. If you are interested in contributing to ensure this program can continue for many years to come, please contact Heather at or donate here (All funds donated on this form will go towards ensuring the availability of future scholarships).




Meet our 2020 Scholarship Awardees


Joseph Raty
$4,625 Histio Warrior Scholarship in honor of Jeffrey Toughill, provided by Histio Hike Shenandoah

Senior @ Brigham Young University
Major: Neuroscience

Joseph is a Senior Neuroscience major at Brigham Young University and is preparing to apply to medical school during the upcoming year. He was diagnosed with LCH at the age of 14 after a biopsy of a lesion in his jaw, which led to the discovery of more lesions in his hips and shins. Joseph underwent a six-month course of chemotherapy and aside from one setback a year later, he has been well since.

Joseph applied for the scholarship program last year and chose to try again this year, reflecting on how much he had grown the previous year. As Joseph has gotten older, he’s understanding more about how his journey with LCH is shaping his decisions in life.

He says, “As I was undergoing treatment, I was drawn to the character of the doctors and healthcare workers I interacted with. I admired their breadth of knowledge and calm optimism and felt their work was a cause worthy of my own devotion. In the last few years I’ve been guided by those feelings as I’ve begun to work towards becoming a physician myself. To those who have provided support for the search for better treatments and a cure for Histiocytosis, I just want to say that I can’t wait to join you!”


Charlotte Holland 
$1,000 Histio Warrior Scholarship

Freshman @ Belmount University
Major: Music Business

Charlotte graduated from Union County Academy for Performing Arts, majoring in dance. Her love of the arts and learning how to produce music with her dad have led her to pursue a degree in Music Business at Belmont University, where she’ll be a freshman this year.

Charlotte was diagnosed with histiocytosis at 8 months old. She suffered from tumors, bone lesions, and pain as a child. Growing up, Charlotte soon realized she was different from the other kids and had to overcome the fear of how quickly her life could change from one little bump on her body and the threat of reoccurrence. She took this fear and turned it into a drive to make the most of life and chase her dreams. She attributes her success so far to her parents and grandmother who were constantly by her side. Although, she doesn’t remember much about being sick at such a young age she recognizes how important her family’s role was in making sure she understands histio and is prepared to take care of herself as an adult.

Charlotte knows she wants to be active in the music scene and is excited to figure out exactly which part of it she’ll find her career in - whether that be producing music or becoming a tour manager traveling on the road.


Christina Collings
$1,000 Histio Family Member Scholarship

Senior @ The University of Florida
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Christina Collings is the daughter of a Histio Warrior. Her mom was diagnosed with LCH when Christina was just seven years old. At age 10, Christina began facing her own health struggles when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Born and raised in New Jersey, Christina moved to Florida to live with her sister and family while attending school at The University of Florida studying biomedical engineering. Christina says her goal as a biomedical engineer is to one day contribute to a new device or technology to have the same impact on people as diabetic technologies have had on her and her family. Sadly, Christina’s mom passed away in 2019 after a 12-year battle with LCH.

Being her mother’s caregiver and living with her illness have helped her focus on her future career aspirations. Christina says, “One reason why I chose this major is to utilize modern technology to make the lives of people with disabilities more manageable and make them feel more normal in a world that may not fully comprehend their difficulties.”

Christina looks forward to being able to make a difference in the world and honor her mom’s memory by raising awareness for histiocytosis.

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