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 Deadlines: November 15, Annually
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 Deadlines: March 11, Annually
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 Deadlines: March 11, Annually
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 Deadlines: January 31, Annually
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 Deadlines: January 31, Annually
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 Deadlines: January 31, Annually
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 Deadlines: January 31, Annually
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 Deadlines: January 31, Annually
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 Deadlines: January 31, Annually
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 Deadlines: January 31, Annually
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 Deadlines: January 31, Annually
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 Deadlines: January 31, Annually
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 Deadlines: January 31, Annually
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 Deadlines: March 18, Annually
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 Deadlines: March 01, Annually
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 Deadlines: March 11, Annually
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 Deadlines: May 01, Annually
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 Deadlines:
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 Deadlines: March 11, Annually
"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 Deadlines: March 11, Annually
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 Deadlines: March 11, Annually
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 Deadlines: March 11, Annually
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 Deadlines: September 01, Annually
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 Deadlines:
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 Deadlines: March 11, Annually
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 Deadlines: February 27, Annually
The purpose of these scholarships is to provide support to patients seeking to initiate or complete a course of study that has been interrupted or delayed by a diagnosis of cancer or other critical or life threatening disease.

Eligibility:
-Be under the age of 25 and a survivor/current patient of a diagnosis of cancer or a critical or life threatening disease
-Write an essay on how their [...] More

Project Purple Scholarship for Students Touched by Pancreatic Cancer
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
The Project Purple Scholarship program assists students whose lives have been touched by pancreatic cancer. Integrity, high standards, good citizenship, and education are the values that define the recipients of these awards. This scholarship program is administered by the Project Purple Scholarship Committee. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, [...] More

Robert L. Schulke Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 24, Annually
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 Deadlines: March 11, Annually
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 Deadlines: March 01, Annually
"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 Deadlines: August 31, Annually
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 Deadlines: March 11, Annually
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 Deadlines: March 16, Annually
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 Deadlines: March 31, Annually
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 Deadlines: April 15, Annually
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 Deadlines: April 15, Annually
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 Deadlines: December 01, Annually
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 Deadlines: April 01, Annually
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 Deadlines: March 11, Annually
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 Deadlines: March 11, Annually
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 Deadlines: March 01, Annually
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 Deadlines: February 08, Annually
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

Last Edited: March 2016

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