Scholarships for cancer patients and survivors
This page provides information about scholarships available for AYAs. This scholarship information (especially amounts of awards and deadlines) is subject to change, so please make sure to review each website/foundation for the most current information.
1 Million 4 Anna (Ewing’s Sarcoma)
Aaron Bonner Foundation
Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation (The Andre Sobel Award)
- Age: 12-21.
- Diagnosis: Teen survivors of catastrophic illness.
- Amount: There are multiple annual awards, each tied to essay submissions. First prize is $5,000. While the gifts are frequently used for college, they may also be used towards the fulfillment of other cherished dreams or other stated objectives.
- Deadline: January 31, 2017.
The Angela Stanford Foundation
Beyond the Cure (National Children’s Cancer Society)
Cameron Siemers Foundation for Hope “Life Grants”
- Age: 18-30.
- Diagnosis: Any life-threatening illness, including cancer.
- Amount: Up to $5,000.
- Other info: The "life grants" are intended to be used to fulfill a dream or pay for a project that will make a difference in the recipient's life and the lives of others. This award is focused on community service.
- Due date: Rolling application.
Cancer for College
- Age: No age requirement. The scholarships are available for attendance at a four-year or two-year undergraduate institution or graduate school.
- Diagnosis: current and former cancer patients.
- Amount: $500-$4,000.
- Deadline: The current application period is November 1, 2016-January 31, 2017. Announced on July 1, 2017.
Cancer Survivors Fund
Hawkins, Spizman, Kilgo LLC
The Hoffen Foundation Dillon Wolford Scholarship
The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Amercians, Inc.
The Jackie Spellman Scholarship Program
- Age: High school seniors and college students.
- Diagnosis: Those impacted by leukemia or lymphoma. Includes survivors, individuals undergoing treatment, and individuals who have a member of his or her immediate family who have or had leukemia or lymphoma.
- Amount: Up to 10 scholarships are awarded annually between $1000 and $3000 and are renewable.
- Deadline: April 15, 2016 (check back for 2017 deadline).
Life Happens - Life Lessons Scholarship program
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship
- Diagnosis: All cancers, or those with an immediate family member diagnosed with cancer.
- Amount: : $4,000 scholarship award.
- Deadlines: March 31, 2017 for Fall 2017 semester.
National Collegiate Cancer Foundation
- Age: College students between the ages of 18-35 (can be 17 if entering college in the fall following application).
- Diagnosis: cancer survivors or currently receiving treatment.
- Amount: $1,000 scholarship award.
- Deadline: May 13, 2016 (check back for 2017 deadline).
Nicki Leach Foundation
- Age: Open to high school and college students age 18-29.
- Diagnosis: Diagnosed with cancer.
- Awards can be used to fund education or other expenses.
- Deadline: October 3, 2016.
Patient Advocate Foundation
- Age: Under 25.
- Diagnosis: All cancers, all chronic, or life threatening debilitating diseases in treatment within the past five years.
- Amount: $3,000 award renewable up to 4 years.
- Deadline: February 25, 2017.
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States
Rebecca H. Trulesch Memorial Scholarship
Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships
The Samfund Cancer Grants
- Age: 21 to 39
- Diagnosis: Survivor of any type of cancer
- Other Info: Grants can support graduate tuition, vocational training, continuing education and student loan repayment, may cover some non-tuition expenses for undergraduate study, but does NOT cover undergraduate tuition.
- Amount: $1,500-$2,000
- Deadline: Cycle opens January 2017
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
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