Holly Scanlan Foundation Scholarship

May 31, 2025
Awards Available: Varies

Scholarship Description

The Holly Scanlan Foundation awards one-time $5000 scholarships to deserving undergraduate students who have an immediate family member (or are themselves) afflicted with cancer. Our goal is to ease the financial burden for families who are facing the high costs of both cancer treatments and college tuition.


In order to apply for the HSF Scholarship, you must:

  • Have an immediate family member (or be the family member) with a serious cancer diagnosis (currently in treatment, formerly in treatment, or deceased)
  • Be a resident of Connecticut or Minnesota
  • Be referred by an oncology social worker or care manager
  • Matriculated or accepted to matriculate as a full time undergraduate student at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution
  • Validate a need for financial assistance
  • Be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale)
  • Demonstrate that you have been meaningfully involved in community service

Application Process

  1. Oncology social workers and care managers of Connecticut and Minnesota provide potential candidates with a secure password to access the online application. You will need this password to begin your application.
  2. Once you sign in, you will fill out a short form to provide the social worker’s contact information and some basic personal information.
  3. You must write and upload a 600-800 word personal essay on the impact of cancer on your life. We also ask for a summary of your community service work, a copy of your most recent transcript, a copy of the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from your FAFSA, and a recommendation letter.

The deadline for applications for the coming academic year is May 31st. Our scholarship committee will begin reviewing applications shortly after the deadline, and notify applicants with a decision by mid-June.

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