There are a wide range of organizations and advocacy groups dedicated to helping anyone “affected by cancer” afford a college education. “Affected by cancer” applies not only to cancer patients and survivors; but it can also include children or siblings of cancer patients and survivors as well as students who have lost a parent to cancer.
Visit these sites to see if there is a scholarship opportunity that applies to you…
FinAid is a comprehensive source of student financial aid information. Click here for a huge listing of scholarship aid available for students affected by cancer. (BTW, the site’s creator, Mark Kantrowitz, is a testicular cancer survivor.)
The Ped-Onc Resource Center on ACOR (Association of Cancer Online Resources) maintains a huge listing of college scholarships for survivors of childhood cancer. Click here to see available scholarships.
Cancer for College offers a number of annual scholarships, ranging from $250 to $4000, for cancer patients and cancer survivors. Primary consideration is given to applicants from California or students applying to schools in Southern California.
Cancer Survivors Fund provides college scholarships for young adult cancer survivors. The Fund awards four levels of scholarships. A selection committee chooses scholarship recipients based on the applicants’ personal hardships, assessing their financial and emotional needs as well as their academic qualifications. Applications for Fall 2015 Semester open on February 5, 2015.
Patient Advocate Foundation is dedicated to providing scholarships to students who have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer and/or a chronic/life threatening disease within the past five years. Applicants must be under the age of 25 and must be enrolled full time at an accredited college or university.
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults offers more than 20 different scholarships- each requires that specific criteria be met. Applicants must have been between the ages of 15 and 39 during their own diagnosis/treatment or during the diagnosis/treatment of their parent or sibling. Applicants need only submit one application, which will be considered for any and all scholarships for which the student applies and is eligible.
Beyond the Cure (Ambassador Scholarship Program) awards college scholarships to childhood cancer survivors who have demonstrated the ability to overcome the difficult challenges of cancer with determination and motivation. Forty (40) $3,500 scholarships will be awarded each academic year. Applicants must be a childhood cancer survivor under the age of 25 and diagnosed before the age of 18 with cancer or a high grade or anaplastic brain tumor; a citizen of the United States living within the country and attending school in the U.S.; and accepted into a post-secondary school in the Fall.
Inheritance of Hope Legacy Scholarship awards a college-bound high school senior who is living with a terminally ill parent and who demonstrates a compelling personal and financial need, a strong sense of family, and collegiate promise. The award amount is a one-time payment of $1,000.
Making Headway Foundation (The Scott J. Reisser Memorial Scholarship Fund) awards $5,000 scholarships to four brain or spinal cord tumor survivors who have been admitted to, or are currently attending, a two- or four-year college or vocational program. The annual scholarship application deadline is May 1. For more information or to request an application, please call Making Headway’s office at (914) 238-8384
The Friends of Scott Foundation (Friends to Children With Cancer) offers scholarships each year. Applicants must be a high school senior; already accepted for enrollment at an accredited 2-year college or 4-year university; and currently diagnosed with cancer, currently receiving cancer treatment or be a cancer survivor.
Gail P. Ramos Lung Cancer Foundation Are you trying to manage a college education while caring for yourself or a close relative with lung cancer? This scholarship program provides current or future college students with community college or university scholarships. The number of awards varies, depending on current funding levels. However, the minimum award for a community college student is $500, and the minimum amount for a university student is $1000.
The Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation provides scholarships to support young people who have been diagnosed with aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) or paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria(PNH). The young people fighting these bone marrow failure diseases may have had to interrupt their studies, extracurricular activities, or jobs due to their health condition and treatments. The symptoms of these diseases, including extreme fatigue, take a toll emotionally and physically. Because of the high cost of healthcare, their families may find it financially difficult to afford higher education.
The Jackie Spellman Scholarship Foundation is open to U.S. citizens who have been impacted in some way by leukemia or lymphoma, either as survivors, individuals diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma, or individuals who have a member of his or her immediate family who have or had leukemia or lymphoma while living in the same household. Eligible students include high school seniors or those attending community college, a four-year university or graduate school.
MaryEllen Locher Foundation scholarships are given to the children of breast cancer patients, either survivors or deceased. Please note that scholarships are limited to students residing within a 50-mile radius of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation assists graduating high school students whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. Students must reside within one of the eight New York State counties covered by the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation: Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Ulster, Greene.
The Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett Scholarship awards annual scholarships to graduating high school seniors from any public or private high school in Dallas County who have been affected by cancer. For more information, click here.
The SAM Fund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer no longer awards scholarships for undergraduate tuition. However, undergrads can apply for grants for other college-related expenses like school books, computers and much more.
As soon as The CancerHawk Navigator is up and running, many more scholarship opportunities for those of us who have been affected by cancer will be accessible. In the meantime, if you know of any other scholarship opportunities, please post them below or email me at Robyn@cancerhawk.com. You can also find more information about financial aid for cancer patients. Knowledge is everything! Let’s share what we know.