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Cancer Scholarships

Cancer Scholarships

February 14, 2014

Families who are faced with cancer undergo severe physical, psychological and financial strain. Students who are fighting cancer must often interrupt their education and cannot work to save money for college or participate in extracurricular activities.

Students who are first diagnosed with cancer while in college should talk with the dean of students and the director of student financial aid at their school. Many colleges and universities have contingency funds to provide additional assistance to students who are suddenly faced with a serious illness. Furthermore, there are many groups and organizations who have developed grant and scholarship opportunities to help students currently battling or who have battled cancer as well as students whose family members have been affected by cancer.

Scholarships for Cancer Survivors

Jeff Apodaca Celebration of Life Scholarship
The Jeff Apodaca Celebration of Life Scholarship is awarded to pediatric cancer survivors who were treated at one of the UNM Hospitals and who are attending a New Mexico college or university.

Cancer for College
Cancer for College provides one-time and recurring scholarships to current and former cancer patients. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen planning to enroll in an accredited four-year university, communiy college or graduate school. Awards vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Cancer Survivors Fund
The Cancer Survivors Fund provides scholarships for cancer survivors who are residents of the United States. Candidates must be a cancer survivor or currently diagnosed with cancer, but do not need to be receiving treatment to qualify. Scholarships are awarded based on hardship and academic qualifications of the candidates.

Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation
The Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation has a scholarship fund for young-adult survivors of childhood cancer. Candidates must have had a cancer diagnosis before the age of 18 and have been treated in the state of Hawaii.

Michael A. Hunter Memorial Scholarship
The Michael A. Hunter Memorial Scholarship provides scholarships to high school seniors and college students who are leukemia patients or children of a non-surviving leukemia patient.

Nicki Leach Foundation
The Nicki Leach Foundation provides funding to high school and college students age 16-25 with cancer. The awards include but are not limited to scholarships to help pay for college.

Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation
The Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation provides college scholarships to high school graduates who are cancer survivors. Currently the scholarships are restricted to cancer survivors from Colorado and Montana.

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults provides a variety of awards to students affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one.

National Collegiate Cancer Foundation
The National Collegiate Cancer Foundation sponsors an annual scholarship for college students whose lives have been impacted by cancer and who are seeking to continue their higher education while still undergoing treatment. Applicants must be college students between the ages of 18 and 35. Recipients are selected on the basis of financial need, an essay, recommendations, cancer story, and demonstrating a “Will Win” attitude.

Patient Advocate Foundation
The Patient Advocate Foundation awards Scholarships for Survivors for cancer survivors to initiate or complete a course of study that has been interrupted or delayed by a diagnosis of cancer or other life-threatening, chronic or debilitating disease.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States (PBTFUS) provides scholarships for people who have been diagnosed with a childhood brain or spinal cord tumor.

The SAMFund: Surviving and Moving Forward
The SAMFund provides grants and scholarships for young adult survivors of cancer between the ages of 21 and 39.

Seize the Day Award
The Seize The Day Student Award is available to young adults in Queensland, Austrailia aged between 16-21 years who have had a personal experience with cancer either themselves or with an immediate family member.

Cameron Siemers Foundation for Hope
The Cameron Siemers Foundation For Hope provides grants to young adults who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, including cancer. The “life grants” are intended to be used to fulfill a dream or pay for a project that will make a difference in the recipient’s life and the lives of others.

Andre Sobel River of Life Award
The Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation awards the Andre Sobel Award and honorable mention awards to young cancer survivors under the age of 21. This is an essay competition.

Special Love, Inc.
Special Love, Inc. offers college scholarships to cancer survivors and students diagnosed with cancer, regardless of whether they are currently receiving treatment or not.

The Susan Fund, Inc.
The Susan Fund provides scholarships to Fairfield County residents who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Ashley Tamburri Scholarship
The Ashley Foundation, Inc. awards the Ashley Tamburri Scholarship to high school seniors who are cancer survivors or currently diagnosed with cancer and attending high school in a county served by the Foundation (Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, or Washington Counties in Maryland). Candidates do not need to be receiving treatment to qualify. The cancer may be in remission or deemed cured. Scholarships are not based upon financial need or scholastic ability. The purpose of the scholarships is to encourage graduating seniors who are cancer survivors or are currently coping with a cancer diagnosis to pursue a college or university education. The scholarship is awarded to the applicant who most exemplifies the life values and career goals of Ashley Tamburri and who desires to use their cancer experience to help others coping with a life threatening or life-altering event.

The Vera Yipp Memorial Scholarship Award
The Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship provides a scholarship to college students who were diagnosed with cancer or who have lost a parent to cancer or whose parent is currently fighting cancer.

Scholarships for Siblings of Children Who Have/Had Cancer

SuperSibs! Scholarship for Siblings
SuperSibs! is a non-profit organization that serves children in the US and Canada with a sibling who has been diagnosed with cancer. In April of each year, SuperSibs! awards scholarships to high school seniors who have or had a brother or sister who was diagnosed with cancer.

Scholarships for Children of Parents Who Have/Had Cancer

MaryEllen Locher Foundation
The MaryEllen Locher Foundation scholarships (formerly Children of Breast Cancer Scholarships) are awarded to students who lost a parent to breast cancer and to children of breast cancer survivors.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure College Scholarship Program
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors and current college students who are 25 years old or younger and who have lost a parent to breast cancer.

LIFE Lessons Essay Contest for Students
The nonprofit LIFE Foundation is sponsoring a scholarship for college-bound high school seniors and current college students who have suffered the death of a parent or guardian.

PinkRose Foundation
The PinkRose Foundation Inc. provides $1,000 scholarships for college students who have lost a parent or legal guardian to breast cancer. The scholarships help the children embark on personal growth and start to overcome the grief caused by breast cancer.

The Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship Award
The Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship provides a scholarship to college students who have lost a parent to cancer or whose parent is currently fighting cancer.

Scholarships for Careers in Cancer Research and Treatment

American Association for Cancer Research
The American Associate for Cancer Research offers several fellowships and grants to graduate and undergraduate students.

American Cancer Society Research Scholarships and Grants
The American Cancer Society sponsors several scholarships and fellowships for graduate training in cancer nursing and cancer research.

American Society of Radiology Oncology
The American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) offers several scholarships for residents pursuing research and residency programs related to radiation oncology.

American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Clinical Oncology offers some funding and grants.

American Society of Radiologic Technologists Foundation
The America Society of Radiologic Technologists Foundation offers several awards and scholarships.

Cancer Research Foundation of America
The Cancer Research Foundation of America offers several postdoctoral fellowships.

Cancer Research Institute
The Cancer Research Institute offers predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships.

Cancer Research Society Inc.
The Cancer Research Society Inc. offers several fellowships and grants for study related to cancer research during the first five years of graduate study.

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation offers several fellowships and awards.

Kimmel Scholars Award
The Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research offers the Kimmel Scholar and Translational Science Awards.

Thomara Latimer Cancer Foundation
The Thomara Latimer Cancer Foundation provides scholarships to high school seniors and college students interested in pursuing a career in medicine, especially in oncology.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society offer research grants and fellowships to students.

Leukemia Research Foundation
The Leukemia Research Foundation provides postdoctoral fellowships.

Lymphoma Research Foundation
The Lymphoma Research Foundation offers clinical fellowships in lymphoma research.

Oncology Nursing Society
The Oncology Nursing Foundation offers several scholarships and fellowships for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral candidates involved in cancer research.

U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers the Cancer Education and Career Development Program as well as funding.

Related Resources

The National GRACE Foundation provides free college admissions and financial aid counseling to high-school and college-aged students and their families who are affected by pediatric cancer. The National GRACE Foundation presents college financial aid nights at cancer clinics and also provides families with one-on-one counseling. The National GRACE Foundation was founded by Anthony Gallonio, Director of Financial Aid at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). His daughter, Grace, is a pediatric cancer survivor. The name of the foundation also stands for “Growing, Recovering and Achieving a College Education”.


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