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.

American Society of Human Genetics Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: March 11, Annually
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 11th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest! The contest is open to students in grades 9-12.

The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts [...] More

Anne Smedinghoff Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Anne Smedinghoff Memorial Scholarship was established in 2013 to honor 4K for Cancer 2010 Alum, Anne Smedinghoff. Anne was killed in Afghanistan in April 2013 while working as a State Department diplomat. An active member of the 2000 4K for Cancer San Francisco team, Anne embodied the spirit of the 4K – adventurous, upbeat, vivacious, and with the strong desire to make a difference in the [...] More

Annual College Scholarship Essay
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
Faith Hope and Love Jesus, Inc. is excited to offer an annual $500 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. The deadline for submission is [...] More

Ashley Tamburri Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
The Ashley Tamburri Scholarship is a four-year renewable tuition scholarship administered by The Ashley Foundation, Inc. The scholarship is awarded in memory of Ashley Elizabeth Tamburri. When Ashley received her diagnosis of a brain tumor, she began to redefine her plans and goals for living. Throughout her cancer treatment she actively clarified those goals and engaged all of life. Ashley died [...] More

Bernice McNamara Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, 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 01, 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

Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
In honor of former Iowa State University basketball player Brian Pearson, who died of brain cancer in the fall of 1997, the Iowa Games began awarding the Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship in 1998. Pearson knew the meaning of hard work and recognized the rewards of commitment. He valued the relationships he had with his family, friends, neighbors and teammates. People who were fortunate enough to [...] 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
This scholarship is in loving memory of Frank Lozoya, a four-time GBM (brain cancer) survivor. Frank was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. His strength and determination earned him the appropriate nickname of "Frank the Tank." He was so proud of earning his degree from Cal State Fullerton. He and his good friend Scott Cappelli had even recently completed work with Cancer for College to [...] 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:
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.

To be eligible, an applicant must satisfy the following requirements:

- The applicant must be a cancer survivor or currently diagnosed with cancer, and does not have to be receiving [...] More

Christine B. Foundation Educational Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Christine B. Foundation scholarship program was established in honor of Christine B. Dexter, after her passing from colorectal cancer in 2008. Christine was an enormous advocate for local volunteer work. Her selfless attitude and ability to converse with anyone made it easy for her to work with the community, endless hours each week.

Eligibility:
-Student must be a high school graduate [...] More

Cynthia E. Morgan Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 25, Annually
This scholarship was established in 2005 in the name of Cynthia E. Morgan, who passed away in October 2004 after a courageous, but all-too-brief, fight with stomach cancer. It has been established in an attempt to aid select college students in paying for their post-secondary education. This year’s scholarship is set at $1,000.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicant must:
- Be a [...] More

Doug Parker Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, 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

Dr. and Mrs. D.N. Luciani Foundation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
The Dr. and Mrs. D.N. Luciani Foundation was established in memory of Dan and Dianne Luciani, two incredibly kind, compassionate and intelligent individuals who believed in the value of education and the need to help others. Our mission is to help ease the financial burden of a college/university education for students who have lost a parent to cancer.

Eligibility is limited to individuals who [...] More

ERC Cancer Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
Purpose: These scholarships are available to provide financial assistance to college students in their pursuit of a higher education who have previously or are currently diagnosed with cancer. High school seniors or current college students are eligible for these scholarships.

Award: Scholarships, up to $1000 each, will be awarded on an ongoing basis to students who qualify.

Eligibility: [...] More

Friends of Scott Foundation Scott Delgadillo College Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
The Friends of Scott Foundation Scott Delgadillo College Scholarship will be awarded to a cancer patient or cancer survivor based on financial need and personal hardship.

Eligibility Requirements
- Applicant must be a cancer survivor or currently receiving treatment.
- Applicant must be enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in an accredited undergraduate or graduate school.
- Applicant [...] 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. [...] More

Jack's Ride Cancer Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 30, Annually
Jack's Ride offers five, $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors that have had cancer or are currently undergoing cancer treatment.
Requirement: Live in the Houston Area. If there is any question regarding eligibility, please contact Jack's [...] More

Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope is offering a scholarship to any Brown County resident whose mother has battled gynecological cancer. This helps meet our mission of empowering people. Jaymie's own children struggled along with her. When a parent battles cancer, the whole family battles with them. This is our way of empowering children to continue on with their education. [...] More

Jeffrey P. Meyer Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, 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 01, 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 Duvall Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The John Duvall Memorial Scholarship is in honor of a husband, dad, son, and friend who lost his battle with Ewings Sarcoma cancer at the young age of 38. His two sons were just 16 months and 5 years old at the time, and they are now young adults who want to honor their dad's courage and positive attitude through the award of this scholarship. The degree-seeking applicant must be either a cancer [...] More

John Hanley Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, 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 01, 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.

For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Long Island 2 Day Walk to Fight Breast Cancer Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The LI2DAY Scholarship, supported by the LI2Day Walk, was established to recognize the profound effect of breast cancer on a family. $165,000 in scholarships has been awarded since 2005. The LI2Day Scholarship is designed to provide a one-time award of $2,500 to a high school senior who resides with a parent or guardian who is a survivor of breast cancer or other women's cancer or resided with a [...] More

Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults established the Marilyn Yetso Memorial Scholarship to support the financial needs of a college student who has lost a parent to cancer or has a parent with cancer and who displays financial need. This competitive award seeks to honor the spirit, energy, and determination that Marilyn displayed during her life, her love for her family and friends, and her [...] 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.

According to the terms of this scholarship, students will be selected on the basis of eligibility and essays. Community service, grades, and financial need [...] More

NCCF 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. These $1,000 competitive awards will be judged based on the criteria listed below.

Eligibility:
1) Cancer survivor with a personal diagnosis
2) Must be [...] More

New England's Fuller Research Fellowship
Application Deadlines: January 20, Annually
Upon selection, fellows are placed in labs at leading New England research institutions, such as teaching hospitals, universities, and medical schools, and given a $4,500 stipend. An essay of no more than 500 words is required.

Summer fellowships last a minimum of 8 weeks to a maximum of 10 weeks and are equivalent to full-time summer employment. The Fuller Committee, composed of senior [...] More

New England's Stone Research Fellowship
Application Deadlines: January 20, Annually
Betty Lea Stone Fellowships provide first-year medical students with an opportunity to gain 8 to 10 weeks of valuable experience in basic cancer research. It comes with a $5,000 stipend. Successful candidates assist with ongoing basic research programs at New England institutions.

Eligibility:
-Applicants must be first-year students attending a New England medical school
-Students must have [...] More

New England's William C. Moloney Research Fellowship
Application Deadlines: January 20, Annually
The William C. Moloney, MD - American Cancer Society Research Fellowship provides summer research opportunities to first-year medical students enrolled at Boston University, Harvard, or Tufts medical schools. This fellowship is to be completed in hematology/oncology, and it carries a $5,000 stipend.

Eligibility:
-Applicants must be enrolled at Boston University, Harvard or Tufts medical [...] More

Olivia M. Marquart Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 01, 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.

To be eligible for these awards, applicant must:
- Be under the age of 25 and a survivor/current patient of a diagnosis of cancer or a critical or life threatening [...] More

Project Purple Scholarship for Students Touched by Pancreatic Cancer
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The Project Purple Scholarship program assists students whose lives have been touched by pancreatic cancer.

Award info:
Three $2000 grants
Four $1000 grants
These awards will be made out directly to the university, unless other arrangements have been agreed upon.

Requirements to apply:
Only prospective and currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate university students in the United [...] More

Robert L. Schulke Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 24, Annually
The Robert L. Schulke Memorial Scholarship is 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 occupations or law enforcement program. Candidates must be a resident of Alpena County, enrolled at ACC for a minimum of six credit [...] 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. Answer the following essay question by March 1st on the [...] More

Sean Silver Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, 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 15, Annually
The Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships for current high school graduates who are survivors of childhood cancer. Applicants must also be residents of Colorado and Montana.

The amount of the scholarship varies from a $500 one-time grant to a four-year $10,000 [...] More

Student of the Year
Application Deadlines: January 03, Annually
The North Texas Inaugural Student of the Year Campaign is a six-week National initiative in which nominated high school students participate in a fundraising competition to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Selection is based upon an application and interview process. Candidates will raise money in honor of an Honored Hero, someone who is currently battling or in remission from a [...] More

The Kevin Dare "Life...Back on Track" Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
This scholarship is intended for high school student athletes that have suffered a debilitating injury or illness (examples: cancer, catastrophic injury) to help them achieve their academic goals at a four-year academic institution.

Kevin was known for supporting the underdog and standing up for what he believed was right. He was fiercely competitive and a high achiever. His family and the [...] More

The Maria A. Sciara Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The Maria A. Sciara Scholarship, administered by the LI2Day Walk is designed to provide a one-time award of $1,000 to a high school senior who aspires to be a teacher and resides with a parent or guardian who is a survivor of cancer or has resided with a parent or guardian who is a victim of cancer (other than breast cancer).

Eligibility:
-A resident of Nassau or Suffolk County, New [...] More

The Marna Pal Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The intent of this award is to enable students of academic excellence to continue to attend college who have been experiencing financial strain from having an immediate family member affected by cancer. Applicants must demonstrate proof of financial hardship in their responses to the essay prompts. Scholarship recipients will be awarded directly via their two or four-year institution and all [...] 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. Students who are awarded scholarships will be notified no later than January 1st for the Spring Semester. Each winner [...] More

The Susan Fund, Inc.
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The Susan Fund, Inc. is a non-profit organization that offers college/training institution scholarships to Fairfield County students who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- be a resident of Fairfield County
- be attending or planning to attend an accredited post secondary school institution
- have been diagnosed with cancer at some time in [...] More

Vittoria Dianna Ricardo Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Vittoria Dianna Ricardo Memorial Scholarship is in honor of a worldly woman who preferred to stay out of the limelight and remain quite and reserved. An immigrant from Italy, she worked hard to raise a family and care for her husband who was sick with kidney disease. She lost her battle with lung cancer in 2008.

The degree-seeking applicant must be either a cancer survivor or has [...] More

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