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.

Bernice McNamara Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/11/2020
  • 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

Cancer for College Carolinas Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Cancer for College Carolinas Scholarship is 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 States and must either be from or attending school in the states of North or South Carolina. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Cancer for College Cherry Hawk Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Community college applicants are eligible for the minimum scholarship level. All remaining applicants will be eligible for other one-time awards. Awards are typically $5,000. Scholarship recipients must maintain full-time enrollment at his/her stated university. Failure to maintain full-time enrollment or transfer from a four-year university to a community college may result in loss of [...] More

Cancer for College Dear Jack Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Since 1993, Cancer for College has provided hope and inspiration to cancer survivors in the form of college scholarships. Awards are typically $5,000. Applicants must be a cancer survivor who is enrolled in an accredited college or university in the U.S. and be a music major or related field of study with an ability to express how you plan to pursue music as a career. For more information or to [...] More

Cancer for College Frank the Tank Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • 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: 1/31/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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.

    Applicants must maintain full-time enrollment at his/her stated university or community college and must be a [...] More

Cancer for College Henry Streuli Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • 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: 1/31/2020
  • 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 are typically $5,000. Scholarship [...] More

Cancer for College Pacific Northwest Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Community college applicants are eligible for the minimum scholarship level. All remaining applicants will be eligible for other one-time awards. Awards are typically $5,000. Scholarship recipients must maintain full-time enrollment at his/her stated university. Scholarship recipients experiencing health-related issues that force them to leave school may request a one-time extension of their [...] More

Cancer for College Ross Skelton Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • 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 are typically $5,000. Scholarship [...] More

Cancer for College Wohl Family Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • 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.

    Applicant can be any cancer survivor who is enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States who is also a resident of the United States. Applicant [...] More

Cancer Survivors' Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/18/2020
  • 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. Applicants must be a cancer survivor or currently diagnosed with cancer, and does not have to be receiving treatment to qualify. Must be enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in an accredited [...] More

Doug Parker Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • 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. Applicants must have been between the ages of 15 and 39 during their own diagnosis/treatment or during the diagnosis/treatment of their parent or sibling. For more information or to apply, please [...] More

Faith Hope and Love Jesus, Inc. College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2020
  • 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. Please submit a letter from your doctor documenting a history of 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. In order to apply, students must be currently enrolled full-time at the University of Virginia. Citizenship, as criteria, refers to the activity and not to a student's residency. All scholarships will be divided over two semesters unless otherwise [...] More

Jack's Ride Cancer Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Jack's Ride is a 501c(3) charitable organization created in honor of our son, Jack, who successfully battled Leukemia.
    This gives us the opportunity to give back to organizations that supported us during and after Jack's treatment, and continue to support patients today.

    Jack's Ride offers five, $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors that have had cancer or are currently [...] More

NCCF Survivor Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 7/3/2020
  • 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. Applicant must be a cancer survivor or current patient between the ages of 18-35. An exception will be made if you are 17 and entering college in the fall [...] More

Olivia M. Marquart Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • 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

Robert L. Schulke Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/11/2020
  • Amount: $500
  • Robert L. Schulke Memorial 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 [...] More

Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 3/16/2020
  • 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.

    The Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors will make the initial screening of the applications received with the final award decisions being made after a personal interview. The scholarship recipients will be notified when deemed [...] More

The Ability Center of Greater Toledo Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2020
  • 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.

    Applicants must be an individual with a [...] More

The Jackie Spellman Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • 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: 3/31/2020
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is proud to award $4,000 to one student whose life has been impacted by cancer. Applicants who have battled cancer at any point in their lives (not limited to mesothelioma) are eligible to apply as well as those who have a parent, sibling, immediate family member or close friend that has battled or is currently fighting cancer. Must be enrolled full-time at an [...] More

The Susan Fund, Inc. Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • 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. Applicants must be a current resident of Fairfield County, Connecticut, have been diagnosed with cancer at some time in one's life and be planning/attending an accredited post-high school [...] More

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by Susan Dutca-Lovell

Gucci is releasing a new line of... diversity undergraduate scholarships for students who are "traditionally underrepresented in the fashion industry." The 1.5 million U.S. university college scholarship program is set to run for four years, targeting students who attend four-year universities. Special consideration will be given to those residing in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington, D.C and/or for those who plan to attend or are currently attending a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). [...]

Texas A&M Working to Re-enroll College Stopouts

September 26, 2019

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

Not every student who goes to college completes their degree, much less finishes it within the "normal" four-year time frame. The Texas of A&M University has spent years working to re-enroll students who stopped out of college for a year or more, and may have found a solution in partnering with ReUp Education. [...]

PBS Airs Documentary About Higher Ed in Prison

September 18, 2019

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

Photo credit: Jared Ames

A new PBS documentary exhibiting prison education, titled "College Behind Bars" is set to air on November 25 and 26. The four-part series documents the journeys of dozens of incarcerated men and women as they pursue college degrees in the Bard Prison Initiative - deemed one of the most rigorous prison education programs in the United States, according to Inside Higher Ed. [...]

Last Reviewed: October 2019

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