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Scholarships for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Scholarship Opportunities for Childhood and Adult Patients and Survivors


Updated August 27, 2012

There are many organizatrions that understand the physical, emotionals, and economic hardships cancer patients and survivors endure in their diagnosis and treamtent with cancer. Pusuing education goals can be difficult because of such harships, even after treatment has ended. Here you will find information about educations scholarships for cancer patients and survivors. Each organzation has criteria that must be met to apply. Some cater to patients and/or survivors of certain types of cancer, specific age groups, or residency.

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults scholarship is available for young adult cancer patients and survivors. It is also open to individuals whose parent or sibling has/had cancer as well. Certain criteria must be met to apply:
  • Applicants must have been 15 or older during active treatment.
  • Applicants must have been 15 or older when their parent/sibling was in active treatment.

For more information, please visit the Ulman Fund for Young Adults or email scholarship@ulmanfund.org.

The Pink Rose Foundation

Children who have lost a parent or legal to breast cancer may be eligibile to recieve a $1000 scholarship. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and under 25. They must also be accepted to a college or certificate program. For more information please visit The Pink Rose Foundation.

National Collegiate College Foundation

The National Collegaite College Foundation provides need-based scholarships to cancer patients and survivors. To be eligible, you must be between 18-35 years of age (17 year old high school seniors may also apply), a US citizen, and be a cancer patient or survivor. An essay is required as part of the application. For more information please visit the National Collegiate Cancer Foundation.

Cancer for College

Two time cancer survivor Craig Pollard founded Cancer for College while attending business school at te University of Southern California. Cancer survivors or amputees (Pollard lost both legs to an aggressive bacterial infection) are eligible to apply for a scholarship ranging from $250-$4000. For more information, please visit the Cancer for College website.

Cancer Survivors Fund

The Cancer Survivors Fund awards scholarships to young cancer survivors or those who have been diagnosed with cancer. The organization has several levels of scholarships and awards are based on personal and financial need. Applicants must be accepted at a accredited undergraduate education program and submit an essay to apply. Please visit the Cancer Survivors Fund website for more information.

The Nicki Leach Foundation

The Nicki Leach Foundation provides college scholarships to young cancer patients and survivors, ages 17-25. The scholarship is unique because it awards grants for not only tuition, but everyday costs associated with attending college, such as living expenses, cell phones, and other expenses. The organzation requires a letter from the applicant, the applican't oncologists, and an application for assistance in order to apply. For more information, please visit the Nicki Leach Foundation website.

Patient Advocate Foundation

The Patient Advocate Foundation awards several $5000 scholarships to cancer survivors to pursue their education goals. Applicants must be under the age of 25 and have been diagnosed with cancer within 5 years of applying. An essay is required as part of the application, along with an acceptance letter from an accredited educational institution. For more information, please visit the Patient Advocate Foundation website.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation provides survivors of pediatric brain tumors. Awards are given to cover the cost of tution, books, supplies, and other education expenses. Scholarship amounts and the number of recipients vary each year based on the availability of funding. For more information, please visit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation website.
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