Common challenges facing many 20 & 30 year olds include paying off school loans, finding a job, securing health insurance and learning to live on their own. These challenges are often compounded if there’s a history of cancer. When many young adults are finished with treatment, medical bills may have piled up, they are now too old to be on their parent’s insurance, and the debt starts spiraling out of control… but there’s help….
The SAM Fund provides financial assistance to young adults as they move forward with their lives after cancer. Grants & scholarships can cover a wide range of post-treatment financial needs, including (but not limited to): current and residual medical bills, car and health insurance premiums, rent, utilities, tuition and loans, family-building expenses, gym memberships and transportation costs. In 2011, SAM Fund awarded a total of $135,000 in grants and scholarships to 92 young adult survivors all over the country. BTW, SAM Fund stands for Surviving And Moving Forward. LOVE IT!
2013 Application Process is NOW OPEN. Here’s how it works:
1. Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 39; a resident of the United States; and either finished with active treatment and free of cancer OR be one year following the completion of planned therapy OR be in remission on maintenance therapy. If you have questions about eligibility, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Anyone interested in applying must first submit Part One of the application which is due by Friday, July 19th at 5:00 pm EST. After a review period, selected applicants will then be invited to submit Part Two. Those applicants will be notified in November as to whether they have received a grant.
3. Interested in learning more?
- Check out “SAMFund Grants 101“ free webinar
- Click to learn more about the different Categories of Funding, which includes the maximum amount The SAM Fund may award for each request. (Spanish version)
- Click to read Frequently Asked Questions about the application process. (Spanish version)
- Check out Common Application Questions page.