Patricia Deroeux and Michelle’s Place Scholarships Promote Educational Achievement

Patty Deroux

Patricia Deroeux and Michelle’s Place Scholarships Promote Educational Achievement

Temecula, CA 05/14/2019 – Michelle’s Place Cancer Resource Center is pleased to announce one recipient of the Patricia Deroeux Scholarship and two recipients of the Michelle’s Place Scholarship, for a total of $4,000 given toward continuing education in 2019.

Skylarr Little, a senior student at Linfield Christian School is the recipient of the Patricia Deroeux Scholarship, on behalf of the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce and special contributor Deron Johnson. This scholarship promotes education by rewarding $2,000 annually to students under 25 years old who are enrolled in college at full-time status.  Students must be a resident in the City of Temecula who need financial assistance for educational purposes and have lost a parent due to cancer.

“I am so incredibly grateful to have been given this opportunity,” said Skylarr. “I want to major in political science, go to law school, and become an attorney. This scholarship will enable me to still play basketball…which is important to me because each game I play, I play for my mom.”

Little experienced the loss of her mother to stage 4 breast cancer in January. She learned from her mother how to be selfless. “Even through treatment, my mother stayed witty, always making everyone laugh and being the light in our family”, said Skylarr. “Everything that I am is because of her, she’s my hero”.

The Michelle’s Place Scholarship, provided by the Temecula Valley Women’s Club, has been awarded to Sierra Flynn and Anthony Falcioni.

Flynn, a student at Cal State Fullerton, is pursuing a degree in Human Services and plans to become a clinical psychologist. “I want to participate in research studies and practice therapy, working with cancer survivors as well as their families”, said Flynn. Flynn will start grad school at Alliant University in January 2020. Falcioni is attending AUMT Institute, a vocational school to study phlebotomy, and plans to further pursue nursing. “While in treatment, my mom talked about her nurses to me, and how much easier they made her journey” said Falcioni. “After seeing the impact the nurses had on her, I knew this was the right path for me”. Falcioni is currently an EMT and with his phlebotomy license will be able to work in hospitals until he obtains his Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

The two recipients of the Michelle’s Place scholarship will receive $1,000 each for continuing education. This scholarship is offered to individuals whose families have been impacted by cancer in some way or have a family member affected by cancer, and must utilize the scholarship funds for higher education purposes.

Michelle’s Place offers these scholarships annually. For more information on Michelle’s Place scholarship opportunities visit or email

Michelle’s Place is a full-service cancer resource center providing free resources to individuals and their families dealing with cancer. To learn more about Michelle’s Place visit or call 951-699-5455.

Melissa Rada
Program Manager