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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: 3/1/2021
  • 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 Survivors' Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/18/2021
  • 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: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Doug Parker Memorial Scholarship was established to support the financial needs of young adults 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 visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Faith Hope and Love Jesus, Inc. College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • 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. It can be on any topic or subject. Please submit a letter from your doctor documenting a history of a blood disorder or cancer diagnosed before the age of 18 along with your essay. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] 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: 6/30/2021
  • 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

Jill Weaver Starkman Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/11/2021
  • 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. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

John Hanley Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/11/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The John Hanley Memorial Scholarship Award was established to support the financial needs of young adults who have battled cancer or are in active treatment. This award is available to degree-seeking applicants, who are age 18-25 at the time of application and have demonstrated leadership abilities and commitment to their community. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

Lisa Higgins-Hussman Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/11/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Lisa Higgins-Hussman Foundation Scholarship Award is for a young adult who has been affected by cancer through their own diagnosis/treatment or the diagnosis/treatment of a parent/guardian or sibling. The applicant must be a permanent resident of Maryland, DC or Virginia. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

NCCF Survivor Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 7/3/2021
  • 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: 3/1/2021
  • 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: 2/19/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The purpose of PAF's Scholarships for Survivors 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. Applicants must write an essay on how their diagnosis has impacted their life and their future goals. [...] More

Robert L. Schulke Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/2/2021
  • 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

Satola Family Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/11/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Satola Family Scholarship Award was established to support the financial needs of young adults who have been affected by cancer, and are seeking higher education. Candidates must be degree-seeking and United States citizens. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Sean Silver Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/11/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Sean Silver Memorial Scholarship Award is available to applicants who are degree seeking United States citizens, age 15-30 at the time of application. Applicants must be currently undergoing active treatment for cancer and reside in the Chicago area. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 3/16/2021
  • 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: 3/31/2021
  • 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: 4/15/2021
  • 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: 3/31/2021
  • 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. Applicants must be enrolled [...] More

The Susan Fund, Inc. Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • 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

VSA International Young Soloists Award

  • Application Deadline: 2/8/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • 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. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

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Last Reviewed: August 2020

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