College Scholarships for Cancer Survivors

Cancer Survivors Scholarships

Millions of lives are impacted by Cancer every year in one form or other.  According to Wikipedia Cancer is an uncontrolled growth of cells which can result into various medical conditions.  In the modern days most of the cancers are curable but it still leaves students and families with emotional and financial burden.  To support students affected by cancer, several organizations offer financial help in the form of scholarships.

American Cancer Society - Mid South Division Scholarship

The cancer survivors who are planning to attend an accredited university, college or vocational/technical school are eligible for $1,000 scholarships from the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society.   The student must be under 25, have had a cancer diagnosis before age 21 and be a resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, or Floyd or Clark counties in Indiana and a United States citizen. The student must also have a GPA of at least 2.5 and been accepted to an accredited school. Interested students can visit the society website.

Patient Advocate Foundation Scholarship

PAF is grants ten $3,000.00 scholarships  to students under the age of 25, that are or have been diagnosed with cancer or a critical or life threatening disease. The award is payable directly to the college, university or vocational-technical school for the purpose of defraying tuition and other fee costs.

Beyond the Cure Scholarship

The National Children’s Cancer Society is offers college and vocational scholarships to childhood cancer survivors. Through the Beyond the Cure program, the N.C.C.S. awards stipends of up to $5000 per academic year to survivors who have illustrated the ability to overcome the difficult challenges of childhood cancer with determination and motivation.

Cancer for College Scholarship

The Cancer for College scholarship is awarded to current and former cancer patients who are currently attending either a four year accredited university, junior college and/or graduate school in the amount of $250 to full tuition.

The Ryan Mullaly Second Chance Fund

This scholarships for pediatric cancer warriors who are US citizens or residents, diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 13 and 20, currently age 25 or younger, and enrolled in a degree program at an accredited 2 year or 4 year college OR an accredited post-secondary vocational or trade program which will culminate in certification. Each award is $1,000.

The Hydrocephalus Association Schoalrship

The Hydrocephalus Association offers three different scholarships to recognize the accomplishments of young adults with hydrocephalus and to assist them with their education beyond high school. List of scholarships:

  • The Gerard Swartz Fudge Scholarship
  • The Morris L. Ziskind Memorial Scholarship,
  • The Anthony Abbene Scholarship Fund

Working Against Cancer Scholarship

Working Against Cancer’s Survival Scholarship assists young adult cancer survivors (ages 30 yrs and under) by providing awards toward academic and vocational education. Applicants must be a cancer survivor or recently diagnosed with cancer. The $500 Jackie Maas Memorial Scholarship and the $1000 EJE Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to exceptional young cancer survivors who are California residents. The third WAC scholarship in the amount of $500 will be awarded to an exceptional national cancer survivor.

The André Sobel River of Life Foundation Scholarship

The André Sobel River of Life Foundation offers  $5,000 cash award to winners of an essay competition. The recipients will be selected from young cancer survivors under the age of 21 who submit an essay on the topic.

Scholarships for Students Affected by Breast Cancer

MaryEllen Locher Foundation® scholarship fund is a national fund provides scholarships for secondary education especially to children who have lost a parent to breast cancer and children of breast cancer survivors. United Breast Cancer Foundation (UBCF) offers a Audrey B. Mastroianni Scholarship to college bound students who have suffered a loss of a parent due to breast cancer and are in need of financial assistance in order to make their higher education dreams a reality. The Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Scholarship Program was established in 1999 by Tod and Judy Pickett. The scholarships are awarded in May to one senior at each of the five comprehensive high schools in El Dorado County, California. (El Dorado HS, Golden Sierra HS, Oak Ridge HS, Ponderosa HS and Union Mine HS).  The scholarships are $1000 each, and are redemable with proof of college enrollment.  The Pink Rose Foundation also offers a scholarship to students who have lost their parent to breast cancer.  Miles of Home in NY offers a similar scholarship in the amount of $1,000.   

Please also see Leukemia Scholarships.