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.

"Life...Back on Track" Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 30, Annually
The Life…Back on Track Scholarship Program We award Life…Back on Track scholarships to athletes who have participated in organized competitive high school sports and subsequently have sustained a life changing accident or illness (e.g. traumatic brain or head injuries, paralysis, cancer, spine injuries, amputation). Past recipients may apply each year and have top consideration for future year’s [...] 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 Community Foundation of Frederick County. 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 in [...] More

Audrey B. Mastroianni Scholarship
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UBCF exists to serve the needs of patients and families affected by breast cancer. The Audrey B. Mastroianni Scholarship is for college bound students who have suffered a loss due to breast cancer and are in need of financial assistance. UBCF accepts applications on an ongoing basis, please contact us for more details. [...] 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

Cancer for College
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, communiy college or graduate school. Awards vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The application period opens October 1st and closes January 31st. Awards are announced in July. Visit our website to [...] More

Cancer Survivors' Fund
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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

Cynthia E. Morgan Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 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 current [...] More

David A. Hicks Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 07, Annually
The David A. Hicks Memorial Scholarship was established in 2005 by colleagues, friends, and family members who wanted to pay tribute to his life. David died from cancer in 2005. He was first diagnosed while a freshman at Mount Anthony Union High School. In spite of his illness, David lived his life fully; he was a generous friend and a hard-working colleague whose actions and deeds consistently [...] 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: Any [...] 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 must [...] More

Fuller, Stone and Moloney Research Fellowships
Application Deadlines: January 21, Annually
The Alvan T. & Viola D. Fuller Fellowships offer undergraduate students from New England an opportunity to participate in laboratory research with accomplished investigators. The Betty Lea Stone Fellowships provide first-year medical students an opportunity to do basic cancer research. The William C. Moloney, MD Research Fellowship provides first-year medical students enrolled at Boston, Harvard [...] More

Hess-Newman-Jargowsky-Stoker Scholarship
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The Hess-Newman-Jargowsky-Stoker Scholarship is available to students at the University of Virginia who have had their lives touched by cancer. To learn more about this award, please contact the Dean of [...] 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

Joe Francis Haircare Scholarships
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
When Joe Francis passed away after a long, difficult battle with cancer in 1994, we lost a great leader in the barber/beauty industry. To many, he was nothing short of a hero. Joe believed that cosmetologists should receive the same benefits and opportunities available in other fields. He also had a vision for a franchise system that would provide training and jobs and would help enterprising [...] More

John A. Maderer Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The Maderer Foundation was established in 2004 after the death of John A. Maderer from asbestos-related lung cancer. Through the foundation, two to four annual scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors from the following high Schools in Western New York State: West Seneca, Orchard Park, Alden and Batavia. Applications for these scholarships are available annually through the guidance [...] 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

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 [...] 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 $2500 competitive award seeks to honor the spirit, energy, and determination that Marilyn displayed during her life, her love for her family and friends, and [...] 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
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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 between [...] More

PAF's Scholarships for Survivors
Application Deadlines: March 14, 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

Perlita Liwanag Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Perlita Liwanag Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Perlita Liwanag who lost her life to pancreatic cancer. The purpose of this scholarship is to support the financial needs of a deserving young adult in the Washington, DC metro area (Maryland, Northern Virginia and DC) seeking higher education within the [...] 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 States [...] More

Robert L. Schulke Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 24, Annually
The Robert L. Schulke Memorial Scholarship is available to students at Alpena Community College. You must either be a cancer survivor or have an immediate family member affected by cancer. Also, you must be a resident of Alpena County, and be enrolled for at least six hours to be eligible for this award. Special consideration is given to students enrolled in a health occupations or law [...] 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

Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Award
Application Deadlines: November 15, Annually
The Women's Opportunity Awards program assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Each year, more than $1.5 million in education grants are awarded to more than 1,000 women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence [...] More

Stephanie Joseph Memorial Fund 2015 Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 18, Annually
Stephanie Joseph was a beautiful person and a talented figure skater who was diagnosed with a rare form of soft tissue cancer at the age of eight. She bravely underwent surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation to battle the disease and was in remission for almost ten years. She graduated from Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL and went on to the University of Missouri where she studied [...] 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

The 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, [...] More

The 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. [...] More

The 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

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 Marna Pal Memorial Scholarship
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The Marna Pal Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students in NJ (residents or attending NJ colleges) whose immediate family has been affected by cancer. Awards Range from $500 to $1500 and the application is accepted on a rolling basis. Everyone eligible is encouraged to [...] 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 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

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 ones [...] More

The 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 supported [...] 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

Last Edited: August 2015

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