Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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 by submitting an individual application or team application. Someone from LLS will get back to you to discuss the nominee's qualifications for the campaign. If you would like more information about Student Visionaries of the Year, please email  


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

Donations to a participant’s campaign may begin on the day of Kickoff. Click on the Donate button and follow the instructions to find a participant’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 participant (be sure to add your participant’s name and "Student Visionaries of the Year" to the memo line so they'll receive credit for your donation).  


How is the money raised through the Student Visionaries of the Year campaign used?  

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

  • LLS has invested over $1.5B in groundbreaking 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 with over 100,000 volunteer advocates mobilized across the U.S.  

Learn about Dare to Dream, a global effort to raise $100 million over the next five years to advance collaborative research, treatments, and support for children's blood cancers.  


May I participate in Student Visionaries 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 you can nominate a candidate.  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 Student Visionaries of the Year in my area?  

Visit the Find A Campaign page to find your local campaign website for more information or simply email   


Why is Students of the Year transitioning to Student Visionaries of the Year?   

LLS's iconic ‘Students of the Year’ campaign has made the transition to Student Visionaries of the Year in all campaign markets throughout the U.S. in 2023, following the transition of LLS’s other iconic fundraising campaign Man & Woman of the Year’s transition to Visionaries of the Year.  

As a leader in the nonprofit competitive fundraising space, LLS strives to deliver the greatest revenue impact possible for our mission while providing top-notch constituent experiences. This transition allows LLS to fully embrace the collective leadership and the impact that our candidates are having on LLS’s mission, and to elevate the recognition of that leadership and impact.    

We look forward to being leaders today, tomorrow and into the future, with Student Visionaries of the Year being a major step forward in this regard!