Cancer Scholarships

Students who struggle with, or succeed in their fight against cancer deserve assistance in their pursuit of a post-secondary education. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 8 million Americans have a history of cancer. Ambitious students who attend college despite their health setbacks display impressive resolve, which is recognized by many scholarships providers. To help the students fighting cancer afford an education, numerous cancer foundations have created relevant scholarships. To find additional awards, you may conduct a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com. Below is a list of organizations, their contact information, and their available scholarships. We are constantly updating our cancer-related scholarships, so be on the lookout for updates.

AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability

  • Application Deadline: 11/15/2017
  • Amount: $999
  • The AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability is awarded annually to a deserving student with a disability who is pursuing undergraduate/graduate studies (must be at least enrolled as a junior in college) in an accredited university who is pursuing studies related to the health and disability, to include, but not limited to public health, health promotion, disability studies, [...] More

Bernice McNamara Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/11/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Bernice McNamara Memorial Scholarship Award was established to support the financial needs of young adults who have lost a parent to cancer and are seeking higher education. A loving mother of seven children and a registered nurse, Bernice spent a lifetime helping others. Bernice was a graduate of the Boston College School of Nursing and for many years worked for various doctors, health [...] More

Board of Young Adult Advisors (BOYAA) Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/11/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The BOYAA wishes to recognize a Baltimore, MD or Washington, DC area resident who has battled cancer or selflessly supported a parent or sibling through their cancer experience. This award seeks to honor the applicant who has demonstrated courage, spirit, and determination, not only in the face of a cancer battle, but also in pursuing their own educational and professional goals. This award is [...] More

Cancer for College Carolinas Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Since 1993, Cancer for College has provided hope and inspiration to cancer survivors in the form of college scholarships. Applicants are not discriminated against based on sex, race or religious belief. Community college applicants are eligible for the minimum scholarship level. All remaining applicants will be eligible for other one-time awards. Awards range from $1,000-$5,000. Scholarship [...] More

Cancer for College Cherry Hawk Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Since 1993, Cancer for College has provided hope and inspiration to cancer survivors in the form of college scholarships. Applicants are not discriminated against based on sex, race or religious belief. Community college applicants are eligible for the minimum scholarship level. All remaining applicants will be eligible for other one-time awards. Awards range from $1,000-$5,000. Scholarship [...] More

Cancer for College Dear Jack Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Since 1993, Cancer for College has provided hope and inspiration to cancer survivors in the form of college scholarships. Applicants are not discriminated against based on sex, race or religious belief. Community college applicants are eligible for the minimum scholarship level. All remaining applicants will be eligible for other one-time awards. Awards range from $1,000-$5,000. Scholarship [...] More

Cancer for College Frank the Tank Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Frank The Tank Scholarship in partnership with Cancer for College is Frank's "pay-it-forward" to a college student, who is dealing with the challenges of completing university curriculum while undergoing treatment for cancer, or the long lasting side effects of cancer treatments. In addition to financial support, the recipient of this scholarship will also receive ongoing resource support [...] More

Cancer for College General Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $16,000
  • Cancer for College provides one-time and recurring scholarships to current and former cancer patients. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen planning to enroll in an accredited four-year university, community college or graduate school. Awards vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be a U.S. resident enrolled in an accredited university or community college
    -Must be a [...] More

Cancer for College Henry Streuli Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • This scholarship will be in honor of Henry Joseph Streuli, who heartbreakingly passed away from Burkitt's Lymphoma on July 3 2015 at the young age of 14. The honoree scholarship will be awarded to a student who will use their education to advance a world that is filled with Henry's love of life. Henry loved everyone, from babies to seniors. Henry was passionate about Jesus and his values of [...] More

Cancer for College Leonard Family Entrepreneurial Spirit Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Since 1993, Cancer for College has provided hope and inspiration to cancer survivors in the form of college scholarships. Applicants are not discriminated against based on sex, race or religious belief. Community college applicants are eligible for the minimum scholarship level. All remaining applicants will be eligible for other one-time awards. Awards range from $1,000-$5,000. Scholarship [...] More

Cancer for College Pacific Northwest Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Since 1993, Cancer for College has provided hope and inspiration to cancer survivors in the form of college scholarships. Applicants are not discriminated against based on sex, race or religious belief. Community college applicants are eligible for the minimum scholarship level. All remaining applicants will be eligible for other one-time awards. Awards range from $1,000-$5,000. Scholarship [...] More

Cancer for College Ross Skelton Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Since 1993, Cancer for College has provided hope and inspiration to cancer survivors in the form of college scholarships. Applicants are not discriminated against based on sex, race or religious belief. Community college applicants are eligible for the minimum scholarship level. All remaining applicants will be eligible for other one-time awards. Awards range from $1,000-$5,000. Scholarship [...] More

Cancer for College Skip Wohl Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Skip Wohl Memorial Scholarship has been set up to honor the life and legacy of Emil H. "Skip" Wohl. The award recognizes outstanding students who have been affected by cancer and truly exemplify living life to the fullest.

    Eligibility:
    -Open to any cancer survivor who is enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States
    -Applicant must be a resident of the United [...] More

Cancer Survivors' Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/18/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • Scholarships from the Cancer Survivors' Fund are granted to cancer survivors for their college educations. Recipients are selected by a committee based on applicants' personal hardship and financial need.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be a cancer survivor or currently diagnosed with cancer, and does not have to be receiving treatment to qualify
    -Is enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in an [...] More

Deana's Wish Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Deana's Wish Memorial Scholarship is for those who have been diagnosed with or have an immediate family member (parent, grandparent, sibling, child) who has been affected by esophageal or stomach cancer.

    U.S. Citizen entering or continuing college in the upcoming academic year. Preference is given to residents of California. Applicants must have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or [...] More

Doug Parker Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/11/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Doug Parker Memorial Scholarship was established in 2009 to support the financial needs of young adults in Howard County, Maryland who have been affected by cancer, and are seeking higher education. This award was established by the Parker family to continue Doug's legacy and to honor the spirit of entrepreneurship, energy and determination that Doug Parker displayed during his [...] More

Faith Hope and Love Jesus, Inc. College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2018
  • Amount: $500
  • Faith Hope and Love Jesus, Inc. is excited to offer an annual college scholarship. This will be the easiest 500 words or more essay to write in the world. Why? Because it can be on any topic or subject. You decide. That's right. We figure if you're going to write, you'll enjoy it more if it's something you want to write about. So let the writing begin.

    Eligibility:
    -Submit your essay with a [...] More

Hess-Newman-Jargowsky-Stoker Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Hess-Newman-Jargowsky-Stoker Scholarship is available to students at the University of Virginia who have had their lives touched by cancer.

    Additional eligibility requirements:
    -In order to apply, students must be currently enrolled full-time at the University
    -Unless a geographic region is indicated, all scholarships are open to international students
    -Citizenship, as criteria, refers [...] More

Jeffrey P. Meyer Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/11/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • "What an inspiration!" That's the phrase most often used to describe Jeffrey Meyer for his courage, optimism, and perseverance. Jeff's priority was always what he could do for others. At the age of 32, a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST) - an atypical, but highly volatile manifestation of NF1, a disease he had since birth - was discovered in his hip. He endured extreme pain, many [...] More

Jill Weaver Starkman Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/11/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Jill Weaver Starkman Scholarship is awarded to a young adult who has cancer or who has conquered it; or, to a young adult who has selflessly supported a brother, sister, mother, or father who has been diagnosed with cancer. Jill Weaver Starkman was a loving mother of three and an accomplished professional horsewoman and trainer in San Luis Obispo, CA. She died of breast cancer in 2012. Jill's [...] More

John Hanley Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/11/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The John Hanley Memorial Scholarship Award was established in 2012 to support the financial needs of young adults who have battled cancer or are in active treatment. John Hanley was the father of Ryan Hanley and the inspiration for the 4K for Cancer program. This award seeks to honor the applicant who best demonstrates courage, spirit, and determination in the face of cancer.

    The John Hanley [...] More

Lisa Higgins-Hussman Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/11/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Lisa Higgins-Hussman Foundation Scholarship Award is for a young adult between the ages of 15 and 35 who has been affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a parent/guardian or sibling. The applicant must be a permanent resident of Maryland, DC or Virginia.

    Scholarship winners will be awarded a total of $2,500 over two academic semesters. Scholarship funds will be [...] More

MaryEllen Locher Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 9/1/2017
  • Amount: Varies
  • MaryEllen Locher Foundation scholarships are given to the children of breast cancer patients, either survivors or deceased. Please note that scholarships are limited to students residing within a 50-mile radius of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

    Eligibility:
    -Student must live within a 50-mile radius of Chattanooga, Tennessee
    -Student must be a current high school senior who will graduate the year [...] More

NCCF Survivor Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The National Collegiate Cancer Foundation was established to provide services and support to young adults whose lives have been impacted by cancer and who have continued with their education throughout treatment or after their treatment.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be a cancer survivor or current patient
    -Must be between the ages of 18-35. An exception will be made if you are 17 and entering college [...] More

Olivia M. Marquart Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/11/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Olivia M. Marquart Scholarship was established in honor of a friend, sister, and daughter who continues to demonstrate strength and courage throughout her battle with Synovial Sarcomas in her lungs. The scholarship is awarded annually to a young adult who is either a cancer survivor or currently undergoing treatment. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and be a US citizen attending [...] More

PAF's Scholarships for Survivors

  • Application Deadline: 2/25/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The purpose of our scholarship program is to provide support to individuals that are legal residents of the United States of America, under the age of 25, who have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer, a chronic, or life threatening debilitating disease within the past five years. Applicant must write an essay on how their diagnosis has impacted their life and their future goals.

    For [...] More

Robert L. Schulke Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/24/2018
  • Amount: $500
  • These $500 scholarships are awarded to students who are cancer survivors or have an immediate family member that is a cancer survivor, or has passed away due to cancer. Special consideration will be given to those students enrolled in a health occupation or law enforcement program. Candidates must be a resident of Alpena County, enrolled at ACC for a minimum of six credit hours per semester, and [...] More

Satola Family Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/11/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Satola Family Scholarship Award was established in 2009 to support the financial needs of young adults who have been affected by cancer, and are seeking higher education. The Satola family wishes to recognize students who have battled cancer or have shown selflessness in supporting a loved one through their cancer experience. This award seeks to honor the applicant who best demonstrates [...] More

Save the Skin You're In $500 Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $500
  • "Save the Skin You're In" will be awarding a $500 college scholarship to either a senior in high school or a student currently enrolled in college who has been personally affected by Skin Cancer. "Save the Skin You're In" is a cause dedicated to educating the public and raising awareness of the dangers, causes, and prevention of skin cancer.

    Eligibility:
    -Must live in the state of [...] More

Scott Delgadillo College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 8/31/2017
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Friends of Scott Foundation (Friends to Children With Cancer) offers a scholarship each year to cancer patients currently on treatment or to survivors. Education was important to Scott. It was his dream to attend the University of Notre Dame. In his memory, FSF offers a scholarship program for individuals who have been diagnosed with childhood cancer. We realize the importance of continuing [...] More

Sean Silver Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/11/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Sean Silver was a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, managing to obtain his degree while in extensive treatment for a rare from of Sarcoma named Chordoma. Sean studies focused on music journalism, combining his passions of music and writing into what he hoped would be a fruitful career as a rock journalist. While undergoing multiple surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy courses, he [...] More

Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 3/16/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • This scholarship is available to current year high school graduates who have had childhood cancer and are residents of Colorado and Montana.

    Submission materials:
    -High school GPA
    -SAT or ACT test scores
    -Information provided by the doctor, who directed your treatment, in one of the required letters of reference submitted. If you are unable to contact the doctor, have the hospital or clinic [...] More

The Ability Center of Greater Toledo Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Ensuring that people with disabilities have opportunities to achieve higher education and the accompanying rewards is important to The Ability Center. Therefore, the Center provides college scholarships to area students with disabilities. Last year, The Ability Center and its Auxiliary collaborated to give out several scholarships totaling $20,000.

    Eligibility:
    -Be an individual with a [...] More

The ChairScholars Foundation College Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2018
  • Amount: $32,000
  • ChairScholars Foundation - National Program is offered at only two Universities: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida. The ChairScholars National Scholarship Program provides eligible high school seniors and college undergrads financial aid. The scholarship is open to students in every state in the continental U.S. To date, the ChairScholars Foundation [...] More

The Jackie Spellman Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Jackie Spellman Scholarship is 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 [...] More

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2017
  • Amount: $4,000
  • All entries will be reviewed by the staff at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance once the deadline passes. The winner will be chosen based on the positive impact they have on those around them, strength in the face of adversity, commitment to academic excellence, and financial need.

    Eligibility:
    -Those who have battled cancer at any point in their lives (not limited to mesothelioma)
    -Those who [...] More

The Susan Fund, Inc. Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Susan Fund provides financial and emotional support to those students facing staggering medical costs associated with cancer treatment in addition to the ever-increasing costs of higher education.

    Eligibility:
    -Be a current resident of Fairfield County, Connecticut
    -Have been diagnosed with cancer at some time in one's life
    -Be planning/attending an accredited post-high school [...] More

UCF Races Club Challenge Victory Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/11/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • UCF Races will hold a Club Challenge competition at the Columbia Triathlon to encourage clubs to compete as a team in performance-based and participation-based challenges. In an effort to constantly remind athletes of UCF Races that their entry fees support the mission of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, two scholarships will be distributed in the name of the winning triathlon clubs. The [...] More

UCF Races Volunteers Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/11/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The UCF Races Volunteers Scholarship was established in recognition of the team of volunteers who graciously donate their time and energy in support of the triathlon and running events organized by the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Funds raised from these events directly support the mission of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and without the help of dedicated volunteers, the events [...] More

Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship Award was established to support the financial needs of young adults who are impacted by cancer and seeking higher education. Vera was committed to promoting a love of learning and helped to inspire and empower others to pursue their personal, educational and professional dreams in the face of adversity. This award seeks to honor the applicant who best [...] More

VSA Arts Young Soloists Award

  • Application Deadline: 2/8/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Each year, outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, are recognized by the VSA International Young Soloists Competition. The Kennedy Center selects up to four winners from around the world. Applicants can apply as an instrumental or vocal soloist, or as ensembles. The competition is open to all genres. Selected musicians win a $2,500 prize, professional development activities, [...] More

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