This 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If you find that any of the information is out of date or if you discover other opportunities not listed here, we would appreciate it if you would let us know so that we can update our information.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 Caitlin Mulligan, oncology patient resource navigator, at email@example.com with any updated scholarship information.
Cancer-related scholarship opportunities
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.
Contact: 310-276 7111, info@AndreRiverOfLife.org
Eligibility requirements: Teen survivors of caner 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.
Contact: 202-659 0122, firstname.lastname@example.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).
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.
Contact: 760-599-5096, email@example.com
Eligibility requirements: Applicants must be cancer patients or survivors, and must be enrolled in an accredited university or community college. Need tax forms from previous year of parents and applicant, letter from university stating applicant is in good standing, last two years of transcripts, confirmation of diagnosis letter, two recommendation letters, and total cost of attendance. Application due from Nov. 1 – Jan. 31. Graduate students may apply as well.
Financial award: Multiple awards per year; several types of awards available including perpetual Scholarship (priority to California residents) or one-time scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $5,000.
Contact: 281-437-7142, Mike Yonter, firstname.lastname@example.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
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
Contact: Marie Miller, scholarship coordinator, Marie@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.
Contact for Kim Hill Scholarship: Trish Fluvio, email@example.com, 484-433-7767
Contact for St. Joseph’s University Full Tuition Scholarship
Contact for Drexel University Full Tuition Scholarship
Ileana Santos-Gonzalez, Assistant Director
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
Eligibility requirements: Student must submit a copy of their college acceptance letter or letter from the registrar’s office noting acceptance. Must have or have had a blood disorder or cancer diagnosed before the age of 18.
Financial awards: (1) $500 award
This 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.
Contact: 619-993-2917, firstname.lastname@example.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.
Contact: 908-429-2121, email@example.com
Eligibility requirements: The applicant must be a cancer survivor. They must be graduating from high school by June 2018 or be currently enrolled in college working toward their undergraduate degree. The applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Financial award: (1) $2,500 award
Contact: 888-598-3789, firstname.lastname@example.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
Contact: 888-553-JSSF (5773), email@example.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.
Contact: Audrey Buchanan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eligibility requirements: Applicant must be a college student who has battled leukemia or whose life has been affected by it. You are enrolled in an accredited college or university as an undergraduate or you are an incoming freshman at an accredited institution in the United States.
Financial award: (1) $1,000 award
Eligibility requirement: Applicant must be directly impacted by cancer, either by illness of applying student or immediate family member. 2018 Graduation from a Chester County high school. Attendance at a four-year accredited college. Current GPA of 3.0 or higher.
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 GPA or better.
Contact: 713-817-0152, Kids.4.Kids.Survivors@gmail.com
Eligibility requirements: Applicants must have been diagnosed with cancer before their 18 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.
Contact: Jess Pritchard with questions: email@example.com
Eligibility requirements: Student must be between the ages of 17-24. 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.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (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
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
Eligibility requirements: Must be a law student whose life has been affected by cancer. Applicant must be attending college by the fall semester of 2018. Applicant must plan to attend law school, but will not yet have graduated from law school by fall semester 2016. Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Financial award: (1) $500 award
Contact: Pam Gabris, 800-532-6459, ext. 215, email@example.com
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: Forty (40) $3,500 scholarships will be awarded each academic year.
Contact: 240-515-6262, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eligibility eequirements: 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
Contact: 507-931-1682 and ask for the Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship Program, email@example.com
Call: 1-507-931-1682 and ask for the Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Survivor Scholarship Program
Eligibility requirements: Applicants must: Be cancer survivors, age 25 and under, who have been diagnosed by a physician as having had treatment for and survived cancer. Applicants who are selected as semi-finalists will be asked to provide a medical verification form. Be high school seniors, high school graduates or current postsecondary undergraduates who plan 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. Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).
Employees and children of employees of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (and any of its affiliates and subsidiaries) are ineligible to apply.
Financial award: If selected, the student will receive a $5,000 award. Up to twenty-five (25) awards for cancer survivors will be granted. Awards are renewable up to one year or until a bachelor's degree is earned, whichever occurs first, on the basis of maintaining full-time enrollment and a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent). Awards are for undergraduate study only.
There will also be up to 10 awards for siblings of cancer survivors.
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.
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 fove 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
Contact: Shelley Pressley, 800-253-6530, ext. 306, or by email, firstname.lastname@example.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. Must plan to attend, or already attending, an accredited institution within the United States.
Financial award: Scholarship is a one-time award of $1,000 and will be paid directly to an accredited academic institution.
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.
Contact: 609-219-1800, email@example.com
Eligibility requirements: 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.
Eligibility requirements: 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 nd motivation, community involvement, and financial need.
Financial award: Scholarships range from $750 – $10,000+.
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.
Contact: 954-288-8455, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eligibility requirements: Applicants must be enrolled in a four-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
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
Contact: 904-543-2599 (Headquarters)
NY/NJ applicants can contact Kerry Miller, email@example.com
North FL/South GA applicants can contact Rita Malie, firstname.lastname@example.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
Contact: 800-874-6386, email@example.com
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.
Contact: 410-964-0202, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
The Ped-Onc Resource Center provides a listing of various scholarship opportunities for childhood cancer survivors.
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)
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 (full-time, half-time). Exact amounts are indicated on website.
Contact: 1-888-575-7373, AFScholarship@ncld.org
- Anne Ford: Graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability (not 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 four-year undergraduate degree.
- Allegra Ford Thomas: Be a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disorder who is planning to attend a two-year community college, trade/vocational school, or specialized LD program, participates in school and community activities, demonstrates financial need.
Financial award: Anne Ford- $10,000 ($2500 for 4 years), Allegra Ford Thomas - $2500 (one-time)
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 program approved by the student’s university. Students must be studying in the same country for at least four weeks, or two weeks for current community college students, and the country may not be in the State Department’s Travel Warning list, or Cuba. 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 $5,000, over 2,700 awards each year. Additional Critical Needs Language awards of $8,000 are awarded as well.
Contact: 1-800-306-COKE (2653), email@example.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.
This website 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.
Contact: 516-887-3600, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Eligibility requirements: Each scholarship has different requirements; see website for details.
Financial award: Scholarships of differing amounts awarded to residents of Mercer County, NJ
Questions about application process: 855-670-4787
Contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Eligibility requirements: At the conclusion of the specific Entry Period for each quarterly scholarship, you must (1) be a legal resident of one of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, (2) be 18 years of age or older (or at least the age of majority in your jurisdiction of residence), and (3) be enrolled as a student at an accredited high school, college or university in the United States.
Financial award: $3,000 awarded quarterly
Other scholarship resources and databases
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.
Contact: 202-994-1000, AskHEATH@gwu.edu
The HEATH Resource Center is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. HEATH responds annually to thousands of electronic mail. HEATH resource papers, fact sheets, guides, and directories focus on topics such as accessibility, career development, classroom and laboratory accommodations, financial aid, independent living, transition resources, training and postsecondary education, career-technical education, and rehabilitation services.
The National GRACE Foundation provides FREE college admissions and financial aid counseling to pediatric cancer patients and survivors.
General scholarship matching databases
Scholarship seekers can use these databases to be matched with scholarships that they qualify for. These sites 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.
- Student Scholarship Search — Helps students find scholarships that are most relevant to their background, field of study, sport, skill, interest, achievement, or other attribute.
- U.S. Department of Education, Office of Secondary Education — Highlights available government resources and the application process.