Scholarship Opportunities for Survivorship and Oncology Patients

Below is a list of scholarship opportunities for you to consider.  Not all of them will be useful to you.  Some of them are disease specific or only available to people in certain geographic areas.  Others are not cancer specific, but may still be worth exploring.  If you find that any of the information is out of date or if you discover other opportunities not listed here, we would appreciate it if you would let us know so that we can update our information.  We would also love to hear if you are successful in obtaining any of these scholarships.

Please email Jess Nambudiri, Oncology Patient Resource Navigators at OncoNavigator@email.chop.edu with any updated scholarship information.

  • If you are now followed in CHOP’s Cancer Survivorship Program and need a Letter of Recommendation, you can email your provider directly.  Survivorship Providers: Jill Ginsberg, MD, Wendy Hobbie, CRNP, or Dava Szalda, MD.
  • If you are not yet seen in the Survivorship Program, please contact your social worker for help with a Letter of Recommendation.  Good Luck With Your Search!!

Cancer-related scholarship opportunities

American Cancer Society

Contact: 1-800-227-2345

The American Cancer Society does not provide student scholarships at this time. But you can contact them to learn of scholarship resources that might be available in your geographic area.

Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation (The Andre Sobel Award)

Contact: 310-276-7111, info@AndreRiverOfLife.org

Only available beginning Fall 2018

Eligibility Requirements: Teen survivors of cancer or another life-threatening illness from ages 12-21 are invited to submit an independent or co-written essay of 1,000 words or less on a topic provided by the Foundation, usually on a topic of friendship.

Financial Award:  There are multiple annual awards, each tied to essay submissions.  First prize is $5,000.  While the gifts are frequently used for college, they may be used in any way chosen by the applicant.

Brain Injury Survivors Grant Program: Educational Award

Contact: 202-659 0122, info@biadc.org

Eligibility requirements: Must be a graduating high school senior with an acquired brain injury who is planning on continuing his/her education beyond high school. This may include a two-year college, four-year college, or other professional/trade school. Applicants will be accepted from March 1 to May 31 of the year in which they graduate high school.

Financial award: (1) $500 award; can be used towards tuition, books, or other necessary supplies (e.g. computer).

Bone Marrow and Cancer Foundation Scholarship Grant

Contact: 212-838-3029, 1-800-365-1336, Patientservices@bonemarrow.org

Eligibility Requirements: Student must have undergone a transplant. Student must be enrolled or preparing to enroll (either part-time or full-time) in primary or secondary public education, two- or four-year college or university, specific trade school or homebound educational program. Student must demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Annual household income should be less than $55,000.

Financial Award: Multiple awards of $1000 are available to help cover expenses such as tuition, supplies, and materials. Grants are awarded for a period of one year and may be renewed upon proof of continued eligibility, academic progress and available funding. Students may apply for renewed scholarship funding by resubmitting a new application. Applications for a Scholarship Grant are accepted on a rolling basis.

Brain Injury Survivors Grant Program: Educational Award

Contact: 202-659-0122, info@biadc.org

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a graduating high school senior with an acquired brain injury who is planning on continuing his/her education beyond high school. This may include a 2 year college, 4 year college, or other professional/trade school. Applicants will be accepted from March 1st to May 31st of the year in which they graduate high school.

Financial Award: (1) $500 award. Can be used towards tuition, books, or other necessary supplies (i.e. computer).

The Brian Morden Memorial Scholarship

Contact: fdj@brianmordenfoundation.org

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants should be US citizens and a high school graduate.  Their higher education course of study should include either music, some aspect of technology, or medicine.   While this scholarship was established in honor of a young man who lost his battle with Ewing’s sarcoma, you do not have to be a cancer survivor to apply—though cancer survivors are given special consideration.

Financial Award: The maximum award for an individual scholarship is $1000.

Cancer for College

Contact: 760-599-5096, applications@cancerforcollege.org

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a US resident enrolled in an accredited university or community college. (For the purpose of the application, if you are an incoming freshman, you do not have to be already enrolled in college to apply. Please include the names of the schools you have applied to on the application. You must be enrolled at the time of award.) Must be a cancer patient/cancer survivor. Need tax forms from previous year of parents and applicant, letter from university stating applicant is in good standing, last 2 years of transcripts, diagnosis letter, 2 recommendation letters, and total cost of attendance. *Graduate students may apply as well*

Financial Award:  Awards are typically $5,000 each.

Cancer Survivors’ Fund

Contact: 281-437-7142, Mike Yonter, csf@cancersurvivorsfund.org

Eligibility Requirements: The applicant must be a cancer survivor or currently diagnosed with cancer, enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in an accredited undergraduate school. The applicant must submit two recommendation letters from two different academic teachers. Must also submit an essay discussing the following question: How has my experience with cancer impacted my life values and career goals?  The applicants must agree to do volunteer work to use their cancer experience to help other young cancer patients and survivors coping with a life threatening or life-altering event.

Financial Award: Exact amount not specified

The Canuso Foundation (Villanova University Scholarship)

Contact: 856-857-0065

Eligibility Requirements: The Canuso scholarships are for Villanova students who are experiencing financial stress due to their own or a family member’s illness.  To be eligible, students must contact the Villanova Office of Financial Assistance and let them know about the family’s situation.  The financial aid counselor will assist the student in applying for the scholarship.

Financial Award:  Varies each year

Christine B Foundation Scholarship

Contact: Marie Miller, scholarship coordinator, Marie@chrisbfund.org, info@chrisbfund.org

Eligibility Requirements: Student must be a high school graduate enrolling or enrolled as a college undergraduate. Student must be attending a college in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, or New York. The student must be planning to attend college full time beginning the semester following the scholarship award. The student must have completed 30+ hours of community service in the year prior to the scholarship application and must provide a 1,000-word essay on the topic provided.

Financial Award: $2,000 award. The award will be credited to the student’s outstanding college bill.

Eagles Fly for Leukemia

Contact for Kim Hill Scholarship: Trish Fluvio, pafulvio@aol.com, 484-433-7767

Contact for St. Joseph’s University Full Tuition Scholarship

Contact for Drexel University Full Tuition Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Current high school seniors or currently enrolled college students (Kim Hill awards only) who have battled or are currently battling cancer.

Financial Awards:  Kim Hill Scholarships ($3000 each); 1 full-tuition St. Joseph’s University Scholarship 1 full-tuition Drexel University Scholarship

FinAid

Site provides information about scholarships for cancer patients, cancer survivors, children of a cancer patient or survivor, students who lost a parent to cancer, and students pursuing careers in cancer treatment. You will find many links here for individual scholarship opportunities as well as information on other types of financial aid that are available. Over 30 applications available.

Friends of Scott Foundation

Contact: 619-993-2917, info@friendsofscott.org

Eligibility Requirements: California Residents only. Applicants must be cancer patients or survivors who are enrolled or accepted into an accredited college or university. *Graduate students may apply as well.

Financial Award: Scott Delgadillo Scholarship Program- multiple awards. Exact amount not indicated.

Hydrocephalus Association

Contact: 888-598-3789, info@hydroassoc.org

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be 17 or older and have hydrocephalus. Scholarship funds must be used for an educational purpose: a two- or four-year college, a high school post-graduate year to prepare for college, technical or trade school, an accredited employment-training program or a post-graduate program.  The scholarship funds may be used for tuition, books, housing or an expense directly related to the education experience. One letter of reference is required.

Financial Award: (11) scholarships of $1,000 each

The Izzy Foundation

Contact: 401-331-IZZY (4999), scholarships@theizzyfoundation.org

Eligibility Requirements: The Izzy Foundation offers academic scholarships to ALL kids nationwide with cancer, survivors of cancer and their siblings. College application will be available on their website March 1st, 2020.

Financial Award: (2) Two college or high education scholarships are available for up to $5000, depending on funding available.

Jackie Spellman Scholarship Foundation

Contact: 888-553-JSSF (5773), jackiespellmanfoundation@gmail.com

Eligibility Requirements: 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. Student must have a minimum un-weighted 3.0 GPA.

Financial Award: Scholarships of $5,000 are awarded to approximately 12 students annually. The scholarship funds will be paid directly to the college or university for tuition and fees.

John Foy & Associates Strong Arm Leukemia Scholarship

Contact: Audrey Buchanan, audrey@jasonhennessey.com

Eligibility Requirements: Applicant must be a college student who has battled leukemia or whose life has been affected by it. Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university as an undergraduate or are an incoming freshman at an accredited institution in the United States.

Financial Award: (1) $1,000 award

Karen Baker Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirement: Applicant must be directly impacted by cancer, either by illness of applying student or immediate family member. Must graduate from a Chester County high school with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, with plan to attend a four-year accredited college.

Financial Award: (1) $5,000 awards per academic year of college attendance, for four consecutive years, totaling $20,000. Yearly award contingent on college student maintaining a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) or better.

Kids-4-Kids with Cancer Scholarship

Contact: 713-817-0152, Kids.4.Kids.Survivors@gmail.com

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must have been diagnosed with cancer before their 18th birthday.  Applicants must either be enrolled, accepted for enrollment or have applied for enrollment in an educational institution and course of study leading to a recognized degree.

Financial Award: Awards currently range from $500-$2000 and may depend upon the number of applicants, the Organization’s fiscal condition and other factors. To ensure the Organization’s funds are being applied for approved educational purposes, the Organization reserves the right to pay scholarship funds directly to the educational institution for Awardee’s benefit.

Kisses for Kyle Foundation – Scholarship Program for Graduating High School Students

Contact: 267-210-1489, info@kissesforkyle.org

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be a childhood cancer survivor under the age of 25 and diagnosed before the age of 18. Applicants must reside in the Delaware Valley; be accepted to college or university and plan to enroll this fall; have a proven record of excellence that demonstrates the ability to succeed in college and maximize the opportunity offered by this Scholarship; pursue a career in a field that helps children facing cancer; and if selected, agree to provide a minimum of 30 volunteer hours to the Kisses for Kyle Foundation during each year the scholarship is received.

Financial Award: Scholarships of up to $1,250 per year will be awarded to students and are renewable for up to an additional three years with a maximum total award of $5,000. The final amount of each scholarship will be determined based on financial need and status as a full-time or part-time student. This scholarship is intended to be a “last dollar” scholarship and is awarded to help fill the gap remaining after other scholarships, grants, and loans are applied to college costs. This is a competitive application process; not all applicants will receive a scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis as funding is available.

Marna Pal Memorial Scholarship

Contact: 732-861-3473, Jess Pritchard with questions: jpritchard@marnaspals.com

Eligibility Criteria: Student must be between the ages of 17-24 years old. They must be attending a two- or four-year college or university to receive the award. The student must have experienced cancer themselves or had a sibling or parent who experienced cancer. The student must live and/or attend school in New Jersey.

Financial Award: $1,000 scholarships to be awarded. Exact number of awards not indicated.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship

Contact: scholarships@mesothelioma.com (For questions, use the subject line: Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship)

Eligibility Requirements: Applicant must have battled cancer at any point in their lives, not limited to mesothelioma or those who have a parent, sibling, immediate family member or close friend that has battled or is currently fighting cancer. Applicant must be enrolled full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year University, community college, junior college, or a graduate degree program. Applicants must be in academic “good standing” and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible.

Financial Award: (1) $4,000 award

Mesothelioma Help Scholarship Essay Contest

Eligibility Requirements: This essay contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are 18-years-old or older and are currently enrolled in a college or university located within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. U.S. territories are excluded.

Financial Award: Scholarship prizes are: 1st - $2,500, 2nd - $1,250, 3rd - $750, 4th - $500

The Michael A. Hunter Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Graduating high school senior, community college and four-year university students who are Leukemia/Lymphoma patients and/or are children of non-surviving Leukemia/Lymphoma patients. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, enroll as a full-time student, and have financial need.

Financial Award: Individual awards range from $2,000-$3,000

National Children’s Cancer Society – Beyond the Cure Scholarships

Contact: Pam Gabris, 800-532-6459, ext. 215, pgabris@thenccs.org

Eligibility Requirements: Applicant must be a survivor of cancer or a high grade or anaplastic brain tumor under the age of 25 and diagnosed before the age of 18, a citizen of the United States, and accepted into an accredited post-secondary institution. Must maintain an overall 2.5/4.0 GPA.

Beyond the Cure Ambassador: Same as above, agree to volunteer for NCCS 15 hours, full-time status student, letters of acceptance to school, and submit grades regularly.

Financial Award: Fifty-eight (58) $3,500 scholarships will be awarded each academic year.

National Collegiate Cancer Foundation (NCCF) 

Contact: 240-515-6262, info@collegiatecancer.org

Eligibility Requirements:  Cancer survivor or current patient with a personal diagnosis, between the ages of 18-35, US citizen or permanent resident seeking or receiving higher education. Applicants will be evaluated based on six items:  “Will Win” attitude with respect to his or her cancer experience; quality of essays; quality of recommendations; overall story of cancer survivorship; commitment to education and financial need. 

Legacy scholarship program: Lost parent/ guardian to cancer. Same application process as above.

Financial Award: $1,000; multiple awards per year

Northwestern Mutual Foundation Childhood Cancer Survivor Program

Contact: 507-931-1682, nmsurvivors@scholarshipamerica.org

Scholarship Committee
Scholarship America
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Eligibility Requirements: The Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship program assists cancer survivors, age 25 and under, in continuing their education and pursuing their college dreams. To apply, students must be U.S. citizens who are cancer survivors, age 25 or under, and planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Financial Award: 25 scholarships of $5000 are available.

Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Sibling Scholarship

Eligibility: To apply, students must be U.S. citizens and siblings of individuals who are in current treatment, have survived or passed away from pediatric childhood cancer. Applicants must be age 25 or under and planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) and demonstrate financial need.

Financial Award: Ten scholarships of $5,000 each are available.

Orange County Community Foundations

Contact: mabril@oc-cf.org

Site provides information about scholarships for cancer patients, cancer survivors, and students who lost a parent to cancer. You will find many links here for individual scholarship opportunities as well as information on other types of financial aid that are available. Over 50 applications available.

Patient Advocate Foundation "Scholarships for Survivors" Program

Contact: Ruth Ann Reed, 1-800-532-5274 scholarship@patientadvocate.org

Eligibility Requirements: Applicant must be legal residents of the United States under the age of 25 who has been diagnosed with or treated for cancer and/or a chronic/life threatening disease within the past 5 years. Applicant must be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree or higher.  Once awarded, recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA, be a full-time student, and complete 20 hours of community service per year that the scholarship is awarded.

Financial Award: $3000 annually up to four consecutive years, payable in equal amounts of $1,500 directly to the recipient’s university or college

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States

Contact: Shelley Pressley, 800-253-6530, ext. 306, spressley@curethekids.org

Eligibility Requirements: Scholarships are available to high school seniors, high school graduates starting college and college students. Applicants must be diagnosed at or before age 19 with a primary malignant or nonmalignant central nervous system brain and/or spinal cord tumor, as identified by the World Health Organization. Applicants must complete an online application with the following necessary uploaded electronic documents: signed physician’s letter confirming diagnosis, signed medical release form, school transcript, one letter of recommendation, and a plan to attend, or already attending, an accredited institution within the United States.

Financial Award: The scholarship is a one-year award of $1,000 and will be paid directly to an accredited academic institution.

The SAMFund (Surviving and Moving Forward) 

Contact: 617-938-3484, grants@thesamfund.org 

Eligibility Requirements: A young adult cancer survivor is considered eligible when he/she is between the ages of 21 and 39 at the time of application; a resident of the United States; and when he/she meets ONE of the following criteria: Completed planned treatment with no evidence of disease; one year following the completion of planned therapy with stable disease; or on long-term hormonal therapy (such as Tamoxifen for breast cancer survivors) or on long-term targeted therapy (such as Gleevec or Herceptin). A “Good Candidate” can demonstrate he/she has financial need as a direct result of his/her cancer experience; has needs that are immediate; and lacks resources/other sources of support.

Financial Award: The SAMFund no longer awards scholarships for undergraduate tuition; however, undergrads who meet the eligibility requirements can apply for grants for other expenses (e.g., medical bills, school books, computers, etc.). Grants provided cover a wide range of post-treatment financial needs including (but not limited to): health insurance premiums, rent/mortgage assistance, car payments, insurance, or repairs, continuing education and loans, family-building expenses, gym memberships, and mental health expenses. The average grant amount is typically in the $1,500 - $2,000 range.

Sandra M. Glazier Scholarship Fund

Contact: 609-219-1800, info@pacf.org

Eligibility:  Student must have a parent who has been or is afflicted with cancer, or must be battling cancer him/herself. Student must be graduating from a high school in either Ocean or Monmouth County, New Jersey. Student must be accepted as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, or vocational school. A variety of factors will be considered as part of the evaluation process, including financial need, academic excellence, community service, extracurricular activities, leadership and work experience.

Financial Award:  One scholarship totaling up to $20,000 is awarded annually, paid out in amounts of up to $5,000 per year for up to four years. A 2.5 GPA average or better must be achieved throughout the term of the scholarship.

Sophie Malaviya Memorial Scholarship

Contact: info@silkentwinecharity.org

Eligibility: Candidate must be a graduating high school senior with cancer diagnosis, or a cancer survivor enrolled in 2- or 4-year undergraduate program or professional/trade school. Award can be used towards tuition, books, or other necessary supplies such as computer. Applicants will be accepted from March 1 to May 31 of the year in which they graduate high school. Application form can be downloaded from silkentwinecharity.org and completed application can be emailed to info@silkentwinecharity.org.

Financial Award: One or two scholarships will be awarded for $1,000.

The Valerie Fund Scholarship

Contact: 973-761-0422

Eligibility Requirements: The Valerie Fund Scholarship Program grants monetary rewards to current and former patients of the Valerie Fund for post high school graduation educational expenses such as tuition, fees and books.  Patients are encouraged to apply for both the general and named scholarship programs. Awards will be reviewed with an emphasis on academic achievement, determination and motivation, community involvement, and financial need.

Financial Award:  Scholarships range from $1,000-$10,000+ dollars.

Scott J. Reisser Memorial Scholarship

Contact: 914-238-8384

Eligibility Requirements: This is a one-time scholarship for brain or spinal cord tumor survivors who have been admitted to, or is currently attending a two- or four-year college or vocational program. The applicant must also reside in the NY, NJ or CT metropolitan area around New York City.

Financial Award: $5,000 awards are funded by the Reisser Family and Making Headway Foundation.

The Simon Cancer Foundation: Harvey Simon Memorial Scholarship

Contact: 954-288-8455, thescf@gmail.com

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled in a 4-year university or college in the United States. Past scholarship winners of The Simon Cancer Foundation are not eligible to reapply. Applicants must sign an affidavit verifying they have had cancer during their lifetime. Applicants are evaluated according to their unweighted GPA (30%), display of leadership (30%), engagement in extracurricular activities (20%), and their response to an essay question (20%).

Financial Award: Exact award amount not specified

Special Love for Children with Cancer (Kay-Moore Scholarship Fund)

Camp Fantastic

Contact: 1-888-930-2707

Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant must be or have been a participant of at least one camp-based program sponsored by Special Love, Inc. The student must be currently undergoing treatment or be off treatment for cancer.

Financial Award: Exact award amount not specified

Toby Merrill Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: The specific criteria used to select recipients will be a combination of the following:

  • Academic performance in high school, requiring a minimum 2.5GPA in high school
  • Athletic Awards and level of participation
  • Recommendations by references
  • Elected positions of leadership or awards received for community involvement
  • Financial need based on household income or deceased, ill parents/guardians
  • Personal interviews

Financial Award: $9700 per year renewable for four years if student remains in good academic and citizen standing at the college.  If the student is receiving financial aid, please note that accepting a Toby Merrill Scholarship may reduce the aid.

The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation Scholarship

Contact: 904-543-2599 (Headquarters)

NY/NJ applicants can contact Kerry Miller, kerry@tcjayfund.org

North FL/South GA applicants can contact Rita Malie, rita@tcjayfund.org

Eligibility Requirements:  Applicants must have had a cancer diagnosis prior to the age of 21. Applicants must be enrolled, or be planning to enroll, full time in an accredited college or university. Applicants must reside within specific coverage areas in NY, NJ, FL, and GA. Applicants must be a permanent resident of one of specified counties in each state. To learn which counties, visit the website listed above.

Financial Award:  Annual award of $2,000 yearly for up to four years

Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO)

Contact: 1-800-874-6386, info@trioweb.org

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a solid organ or bone marrow candidate, recipient, donor, or an immediate family member (defined as parent, child, spouse or sibling). Must be a TRIO member, to join you can go to www.trioweb.org. Must have a GPA of 2.5 or above. Must have financial need and provide a current transcript. Must use scholarship award for continuing education at an accredited college, university or trade/technical school certificate program.

Financial Award: TRIO will be awarding several non-renewable $1,000 scholarships. The award will be sent directly to the institution in the student’s name.

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

Contact: 410-964-0202, info@ulmanfund.org

Eligibility Requirements: There are multiple scholarships available on this website for young adults who have been affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a parent or sibling. 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.

Financial Award: Winners will be awarded a total of $2,500 over two academic semesters. Scholarships will be paid directly to the recipient’s school. Each scholarship winner is obligated to organize and run a bone marrow registry drive with the support of Delete Blood Cancer and There Goes My Hero.

Pacific West Cancer Fund Scholarships

This website lists information about scholarships for cancer patients, cancer survivors, children of a cancer patient or survivor, students who lost a parent to cancer, and students pursuing careers in cancer treatment.

Ped-Onc Resource Center

The Ped-Onc Resource Center provides a listing of various scholarship opportunities for childhood cancer survivors.

Scholarships.com

Provides links to numerous cancer foundations that have created scholarships for cancer survivors. List is updated regularly. On this site, you may also conduct a free college scholarship search. Your search will automatically be updated if new scholarship matches are identified for you.

Other scholarship opportunities (not cancer specific)

Americorps National and Community Service Program

Contact: 1-800-942-2677

Eligibility Requirements: Anyone who completes a term of service within a 12-month period, in one of the following programs, is eligible to earn the education award: AmeriCorps NCCC, AmeriCrops State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA.

Financial Award: Full-time members who complete their year of service receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award up to the maximum value of the Pell Grant for the award year in which the term of service is approved, to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans; members who serve part time receive a partial Award. Award amount varies by type of student (i.e. full-time, half-time). Exact amounts are indicated on website.

Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships

Contact: 1-888-575-7373, AFScholarship@ncld.org

Eligibility Requirements:  
Anne Ford: Graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability and/or ADHD, overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4 point scale (or equivalent); demonstrate financial need; be a U.S. Citizen; be enrolled as a senior in high school with the intention of pursuing a 4-year undergraduate degree. 

Allegra Ford Thomas: Be a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disorder who is planning to attend a 2 year community college, trade/vocational school, or specialized LD program, participates in school and community activities, and demonstrates financial need.

Financial Award:  Anne Ford - $10,000 ($2500 for 4 years), Allegra Ford Thomas - $2500 (one-time)

Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship (for Study Abroad)

Institute of International Education
1800 West Loop South, Suite 250
Houston, TX 77027

Eligibility Requirements: US Citizen undergraduates who are receiving Federal Pell Grants, applying to or accepted into a study abroad or internship program approved by the student’s university.  Students must be studying in the same country for at least 3 weeks, or 2 weeks for current community college students, and the country may not be in the State Department’s Travel Warning list (level 3/4 on Travel Advisory). The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities.

Financial Award: Up to $5000, over 2,900 awards each year.  Additional Critical Needs Language awards of $8000 are awarded to students studying certain languages.

Coca Cola Scholars Foundation

Contact: 1-800-306-COKE (2653), scholars@na.ko.com

Eligibility Requirements:  Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools); U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Temporary Residents (in a legalization program); Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees; Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application; Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution; Carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.  Applicants may NOT be children or grandchildren of employees, officers or owners of Coca−Cola bottling companies, The Coca−Cola Company, Company divisions or subsidiaries.

Financial Award:  Coca-Cola Scholars awards $20,000 scholarships to 150 students, Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team awards fifty $1,500, fifty $1,250, and fifty $1,000 scholarships, and Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise awards a $1,000 scholarship to 180 students.

Disability Scholarships

Website that provides links to a variety of scholarships for people with a wide range of disabilities (learning, physical disabilities, chronic health conditions). Amount of financial award varies by scholarship. There is a great deal of money out there for students with disabilities. This is an excellent place to launch your search for a scholarship that may apply to your specific issue.

National Amputation Foundation Scholarship

Contact: 516-887-3600, amps76@aol.com

Eligibility Requirements: College bound high school students or those currently in college.  Scholarships awarded to students with a major limb amputation (loss of limb beginning at or above the wrist or ankle).  Not limited to cancer survivors.  Applicants must provide a letter from an attending physician (on letterhead) confirming major limb amputation; letter from the college confirming that the student will be (or is) attending the school as a full-time student; copy of the students transcript or letter confirming the student is in good standing; a short letter (not more than one page) explaining how the loss of a limb has affected the applicant’s life; proof of American Citizenship (birth certificate or naturalization papers); and the student’s school ID number.

Financial Award: Exact amount awarded not indicated

Princeton Area Community Foundation

Contact: 609-219-1800

Eligibility Requirements:  Each scholarship has different requirements; see website for details.

Financial Award:  Scholarships of differing amounts awarded to residents of Mercer County, NJ

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) National Scholarship Program

Questions about application process: 855-670-4787

Contact: 630-623-7048, info@rmhc.org or scholarships@us.mcd.com

Eligibility Requirements: Must be under 21 years of age, a high school senior, eligible to attend a two- or four-year college, university, or technical school with a full course of study, be a legal U.S resident, and live in a participating local RMHC Chapter's geographic area.  Past recipients are not eligible to apply.  Not limited to cancer survivors.  Four scholarships awarded: RMHC Scholars, African American Future Achievers Scholarship, Asian Students Increasing Achievement Scholarship, and the Hispanic American Commitment to Education Resources Scholarship. While the specific eligibility requirements for each scholarship vary, all are awarded based on academic achievement, financial need, community involvement, and personal qualities and strengths as portrayed in a required essay. 

Financial Award: Multiple awards per year awarded by local RMHC chapters

ZipRecruiter

Eligibility Requirements: At the conclusion of the specific Entry Period for each quarterly scholarship, you must (i) be a legal resident of one of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, (ii) be 18 years of age or older (or at least the age of majority in your jurisdiction of residence), and (iii) be enrolled as a student at an accredited high school, college or university in the United States.

Financial Award:  $3,000 awarded.

Other scholarship resources and databases

Federal Student Aid Information Center

Contact: 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)

Federal Student Aid's core mission is to ensure that all eligible individuals benefit from federal financial assistance—grants, loans and work-study programs—for education beyond high school. This website allows you to learn about and apply for all forms of federal aid, and manage federal loans.

The George Washington University HEATH Resource Center

Contact: 202-994-1000, AskHEATH@gwu.edu

The HEATH Resource Center is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. The HEATH Resource Center gathers, develops and disseminates information in the form of resource papers, fact sheets, website directories, newsletters and resource materials. It focuses on topics in the areas of disability, counseling, transition and postsecondary education.

National Grace Foundation

Contact: 401-793-6337

The National GRACE Foundation provides FREE college admissions and financial aid counseling to pediatric cancer patients and survivors.

General scholarship matching databases

On the websites listed below, scholarship seekers can be matched with scholarships that they qualify for.  They also offer general advice about choosing schools, tips for winning scholarships, and helpful information about careers and internships.

  • The College Board — Helpful articles on financing your college education.
  • Fastaid — Search hints, tips from students who have been through the process, and other reading materials.
  • Fastweb — A free internet search engine for state financial aid resources. It also offers other resources such as reading materials about applying for different types of scholarships, grants, and government funding
  • Scholarships.com — A free internet search tool for college scholarships.
  • Scholarship Workshops — List of scholarships available for high school students planning to attend college. 
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Secondary Education — Highlights available government resources and the application process.
January 2018