SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CANCER PATIENTS
In addition to the Valerie Fund Scholarship Program, our patients may also be eligible for these other scholarships. We've compiled a list of these scholarships.
Students who struggle with or succeed in their fight against cancer deserve assistance in their pursuit of a postsecondary education. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 8 million Americans have a history of cancer. The many ambitious students who attend college despite their health setbacks display impressive resolve, one recognized by many scholarship providers. To help students fighting cancer afford an education, numerous cancer foundations have created scholarships that have made college an option. Take a look at the following cancer scholarships for a few examples. To find additional awards, you may conduct a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com. Below is a list of organizations and contact information for each of them. We will be continuing to add to this list as more cancer-related scholarships come to our awareness.
The 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. Fifty-eight (58) $3,500 scholarships will be awarded each academic year. To date, the scholarship program has awarded over $1.9 million in scholarship money to childhood cancer survivors across the country. The NCCS is deeply grateful to The Centene Charitable Foundation and the Englehardt Family Foundation for their generous support of the program.
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.
•Accepted into a post-secondary school in the Fall
DEADLINE: March 31, 2022Visit Website
In lieu of scholarships, this organization offers life grants. These are $5,000 grants that those diagnosed with a life-threatening illness can use to fulfill their dreams, whether that means going to college, starting a business, organizing a fundraiser, etc. Download the application on their website to begin the process, which includes discussing yourself and your aspirations. Applications can be accepted at anytimeVisit Website
The Cancer Fighter Scholarship seeks to honor ten (10) graduating high school seniors from around the nation who have been leaders in the fight against cancer. This includes students who have battled cancer themselves, helped loved ones/friends through cancer, or led the fight against cancer in their school and community. The application and deadline for 2022 has yet to be released. Check the website below for updates.Visit Website
Scholarships are granted for college education of the cancer survivors. Recipients are selected by a committee based on applicants' personal hardship and financial need.
The applicant must be a cancer survivor or currently diagnosed with cancer, and does not have to be receiving treatment to qualify. The applicant is enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in an accredited undergraduate school.The Fund requires the recipient of a scholarship to submit a copy of an acceptance letter from the college/university of their choice or a letter of good standing from the registrar.The applicant must complete the online Scholarship Application. The applicant must submit two letters of recommendation from two different academic teachers addressing why they should receive the scholarship. A letter from your attending physician verifying your medical history and current medical situation must also be submitted. Medical information will be kept confidential and will only be utilized to support the qualification of consideration for the scholarship. The applicant must submit an essay discussing the following question. HOW HAS MY EXPERIENCE WITH CANCER IMPACTED MY LIFE VALUES AND CAREER GOALS? Essays must be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1200 words. 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.
DEADLINE: March 18, 2022Visit Website
Since 1993, Cancer for College has awarded more than $4 million in scholarships to college aged cancer survivors. Cancer for College awards many general scholarships, as well as many specialty scholarships. All of these scholarships are housed in one application, so click the link below to determine eligibility.
DEADLINE: January 31, 2022Visit Website
For more than a decade, this Sickle Cell advocacy organization has been active in support of students afflicted with the illness. The group raises awareness and funds, through grassroots efforts aimed at education, enabling the organization to dispense three annual scholarships for higher education. Awards are worth $1000 each, and may be applied to a variety of post-secondary programs.
DEADLINE: April 14, 2022Visit Website
The Children's Brain Tumor Foundation is awarding two $1,000 scholarships to applicants who have been diagnosed with a brain or spinal cord tumor before the age of 21. These students must be attending a two-year university, four-year university, graduate school, or technical school. The application opens February 1st and winners will be announced in May of 2022.
DEADLINE: March 31st, 2022Visit Website
The Expect Miracles Foundation is offering grants to young adults between the ages of 21 and 39. This grant can be applied to graduate tuition, and you can be awarded up to $3000. Check out their website for more information on the application process.
DEADLINE: February 3, 2022Visit Website
The Leslie Delk Sr. Academic Scholarship is awarded to individuals with Sickle Cell disease. Qualified applicants are high-school seniors matriculating to accredited four-year academic programs. The scholarship rewards high academic achievement for U.S. residents, with scholarship awards valued at $5000 each.Visit Website
Mesothelioma is proud to award a $4,000 scholarship to a student that has battled cancer or a student whose parent, sibling, immediate family member, or close friend is battling/has battled cancer. These students must be enrolled full-time in a two-year university, four-year university, community college, junior college, or graduate degree program. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered. Applicants must submit an essay, their transcript, proof of enrollment at a university, and two letters of recommendation.
DEADLINE: March 31, 2022Visit Website
NCLD offers annual scholarships and awards that celebrate the work and achievements of those students and leaders working to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 with learning and attention issues. They offer four scholarships, including COVID-19 Impact Scholarship, Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship, The Everyday Champion Award, Anne Ford Scholarship.Visit Website
The Ortlieb Foundation offers a one-time $1,000 scholarship for cancer survivors. To be eligible, the student must be enrolled full time at a four-year college. They must also provide their transcript, their SAT/ACT scores, tax documents, 2 letters of application, a letter of cancer diagnosis, and an essay on academic and career goals. The application is on their website.
DEADLINE: Deadline for fall semester is June 15th and the deadline for the spring semester is December 15thVisit Website
For over 20 years, PAF (along with other gracious donors) has provided scholarships to more than 135 students totaling over
$823,000. This organization provides scholarships for students who have been diagnosed with or treated for a cancer or chronic disease (please see scholarship guidelines for eligibility details).
DEADLINE: March 9, 2022Visit Website
The American Red Cross Sickle Cell Fighter High School Scholarship program is a student scholarship program that will reward schools that successfully collect blood from donors who are Black, supporting the goal of helping sickle cell patients by diversifying the blood supply, while also promoting access to, and diversity in higher education.Visit Website
In 2021, Special Love for Children with Cancer awarded 20 cancer survivors with scholarships to further their educational careers. Check back for information on their 2022 applicationsVisit Website
The Association offers $1,500 scholarships to individuals diagnosed with Sickle Cell, who have either enrolled, or been accepted at a post-secondary institution (trade school, college, or university).
Applicants will be evaluated based on individual GPA performance, level of financial need demonstrated, and level of participation in extracurricular activities and community service. Applications are available online, at the Association website.
DEADLINE: July 1, 2022Visit Website
Scholarship Opportunities for Survivorship and Oncology Patients
There are MANY scholarships on this web site!Visit Website
The National Collegiate Cancer Foundation's mission is to provide services and support to young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer. Our goal is to help these survivors and their families establish a "Will Win" attitude in their fight.
NCCF is committed to providing need-based financial support to young adult survivors who are pursuing higher education throughout their treatment and beyond. Furthermore, the Foundation promotes awareness and prevention of cancer within the young adult community.
They will being accepting applications in MARCH of 2022Visit Website
Open to NY and NJ residents who have had a diagnosis of leukemia or cancer prior to the age of 21. Applicants must be a permanent resident of one of the five boroughs of NYC or one of the following NJ Counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, Middlesex, or Union. Academic achievement, moral character, attitude, and resilience are some of the qualities considered in selecting a winner. The winner will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship.
DEADLINE: April 1, 2022Visit Website
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